May 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Road
NY 10471
Most weeks, voluntary donations are split between the work of the Society and an organization whose work in the world honors human worth.

Happy Mother’s Day! A beautiful day to celebrate parents or guardians within our life. But what are the essential tools of mothering that shaped our experience? Maybe the mother we need happens during experiences we barely notice.

It is our pleasure to have Jé Hooper, who helped launch our Ethics for Children program in 2015-2016 and who has spoken here several times, as our guest speaker.   More about Jé below.

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and end it around 12:30, then have some informal social time.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is Thresholds: the practice of stepping into the unknown with courage, of bravely leaving behind what no longer serves us well.

How to Participate

On Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

  • Click on this link: Join Zoom Meeting or start your app and enter the Meeting ID: 718 548 4445
  • First time:  Download Zoom Mobile Apps for iPhone or Android / Download Zoom Client for Meetings
  • Black bar with pictures of microphone (labeled Mute) and camera (labeled Stop Video) plus two arrowsVideo: We can see you if you have a camera in your phone or computer and have it turned on.  If you’re using a phone, the experience is better if you turn your phone horizontally and place it on some books or other surface to point it at your face.  If you get a message that your internet connection is unstable, you may want to try STOP VIDEO.  Also stop video, please, if there is distracting activity at your location.
  • Sound: If you’re using a desktop or laptop, after you log in, you can choose your computer microphone or the option of using your phone for sound (phone audio). Click the arrow next to the microphone (“Mute”) at the bottom of your screen if you aren’t automatically offered the choice.
    • If you choose phone audio, phone numbers will be offered, along with the Meeting and Participant IDs you will be prompted to enter after you make the call.
    • If you’re using computer audio, be sure your microphone is plugged in, turned on, and selected, if it is not automatically on.

On Telephone Only

  • Dial a number from the list below and, when prompted, enter Meeting ID: 718 548 4445
  • You’ll be asked to identify yourself, so we know who is participating.
  • Suggested call-in numbers:
    +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    +1 253 215 8782 US
    +1 301 715 8592 US
    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
  • For other locations, find your number here: https://zoom.us/u/abfkzcdS8S

We look forward to seeing you!

About Our Speaker
Our speaker, Jé Exodus Hooper, is a Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Arts candidate at Ohio University and clergy-leader within the Ethical Culture Movement. Based in the Mid-Atlantic region, his work as creative-clergy and a performance-scholar is focused in decolonizing Humanism, homiletics, and Black Intellectual Thought. His love for performative rhetoric involves a decolonized aesthetic of Black homiletic folk-talk — one of imagination as responsive reasoning. His word-working emphasizes human freedom and interconnectedness through embodiment, intuition, creativity, and improvisation. His folx-talk emerges into a love language that aids congregational practice of culture care for empowering community-life. His most recent Facebook Live and IGTV production, Keep Liv’n, emphasizes the importance of cultural care and self-care.

He has also created a film, “Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness”, based on the relationship of W.E.B. DuBois and Felix Adler. The film was sponsored and funded by American Ethical Union’s Mossler Fellowship that debuted with approximately 400 attendees.  [Note to RYSEC members: Lindsey Wilson and Bill Lewis appear in the film.]

Other works include “Moving Upon the Face of the Deep,” featuring Dr. Cornel West; “The Black Sacred Communion,” and a collaboration with his life partner, storäe michele, entitled, [the listening heart], for which the premiere drew an audience of more than 300. These kinds of transdisciplinary theory-as-practice console and agitate communities in re-imagining and re-claiming narratives that honor the inherited worth and dignity within all people — a love-work that Jé is committed to!

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