Uproot and Reseed: Decolonizing Ethical Humanism

An Experiential, Experimental Workshop

Ethical Humanism developed from traditions of reason, philosophical inquiry, continuous learning. Until now, our community’s guiding philosophy is largely rooted in thought influenced by the Enlightenment, with an emphasis on reason and the individual. This has also largely excluded intuitive and experiential ways of knowing and learning. And as a dominant worldview, that tradition has often supported patriarchy, racism, and imperialism.

What if it is time to renew, reorient, decolonize? What does an Ethical Humanism look like with a wider canon, broader emphasis, an intentional effort to center the experience of those often silenced — even by us? How could this better center our commitment to human worth and human connection? How do we, with attention to serious theoretical work and experiential ways of knowing, develop practices that are inclusive, egalitarian, and healing? Come join us as we begin this work together.

Workshop Presenters are current Ethical Culture Leaders-in-Training: Christian Hayden, Jé Hooper, storäe michele, Sarah Tielemans.  (More about our Leaders-in-Training).) Additional presenter: Anthony Cruz, Liberation Theologian and Interreligious Scholar.

Who: Anyone who identifies as a humanist and/or Ethical Culturist and interested in growing and learning about how the Ethical Humanism might grow and change

What: An experiential workshop, where participants dialogue, reflect, create and embody a decolonized Ethical Humanist movement.

(Optional light breakfast and social hour from 9-10 am)

About our Presenters: 

Christian Hayden: The most important thing to know about Christian, is that he is an Ethical Culture leader in training, which means you are stuck with hearing from him for a while. The second most important thing is that he fell in love with photography recently so you might hear about that too. Christian is a full time facilitator, very part time poet, and striving to be a 24/7 humanist. He also spent a year in Ghana with the Humanist Service Corpsand was awarded the Mossler Fellowship in 2016.

Jé Hooper: Jé R. Hooper is the founder of FrequencyHouse Productions, a Ph.D Interdisciplinary Arts candidate at Ohio University and emerging clergy-leader within the Ethical Culture Movement. He is best known for his works entitled, “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]. His recent film production, “Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness”, a story the about the relationship of W.E.B. DuBois and Felix Adler, was sponsored and funded by American Ethical Union’s Mossler Fellowship. As a result of blending his love for performance and academic scholarship, Jé utilitizes the beauty of Black homiletictradition with an orality of rationality and reason. In this, he intentionally syncretizes humanism and the Black Trans-Atlantic American culture to provide tools of ‘knowing’ to re-negotiate conventional humanist congregations to reflect the practical-life of community as radically affirming and courageously brave incubators for all people to grow in ethical living. It is through critical, yet creative, secular ritual formations that he supports people in contesting cultural bias within race, gender, religion, sexuality, and ablism. These intersections of thoughts and practicality console and agitate communities in re-imagining and re-claiming a narrative that honors the inherited worth and dignity within all people at it’s highest regard.

storäe michele: storäe michele, [known by her ancestors as Michele Stanback] is an artist, writer, director, and educator of over ten years. As an Interdisciplinary Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary and Master of Professional Studies in Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development graduate of Pratt Institute, storäe infuses the arts into theological inquiries–exploring rituals and breathing new life into sacred spaces for meaningful reflection.  Her first film, [the listening heart], is performed by a cast of women of color, bringing to life an original story grounded in Mayan and Yoruba cosmologies.  Through embodied poetry, song and dance, she uplifts the feminine divine and investigates ways we communicate the meaning of love. storäe is committed to the sharing of these stories with women of color as subject—[re]mythologizing and unearthing the narratives of our ancestors.

Sarah Tielemans: Sarah is a settler american who has been socialized as white in a white supremacist society. She has devoted herself to deconstructing her identity and uprooting the systems of injustice that exist within her. She integrates rigorous self-reflection with intuition as a way to unhook from the patriarchy, which has attempted to purchase her compliance at the expense of her wholeness. She practices an abundance mindset as a nourishing alternative to the contrived scarcity that stokes capitalist exploitation. She practices humble curiosity as a path out of hierarchical competition into deeper connection with others.

Sarah is a spiritual entity embracing her human experience. She believes that Joy is our birthright and Love is the perfect realization of our interconnectedness.

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Hourly Schedule


9 am - 10 am
Light breakfast, socialising
10 am - 5 pm
Includes a lunch


Nov 09 2019


America/New York
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

Directions to the Ethical Society

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