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Three Moral Heroes Who Were Also Ethical Culturists

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Dec. 4, 2011  In 2002, a 32-year-old Irish-born American journalist won the Pulitzer Prize for a monumental book documenting the history of genocide in the 20th Century. Samantha Power’s A Problem From Hell narrates in
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In This Timeless Time

  Authors: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian (2012, University of North Carolina Press) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman                 If there are fates worse than death, spending decades in a cage with little to do but wait for that death is surely one of them. If capital punishment is “cruel and unusual,” as many
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True Wealth

Author: Juliet Schor (2011, Penguin Group; titled Plenitude in hardcover, which was published by the Center for a New American Dream in 2010) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman                Change or die. It’s one of the laws of evolution that got the human species where it is today and one that will determine our
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Simply Because It Is The Right Thing To Do

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Dec. 1, 2012           The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, has revived a debate and an issue in American life that has been dormant for far too long.  For decades, gun rights extremists have
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The Fiscal Cliff? Get Over It

  By Ed Gross, member of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County I’m no economist. I never even took a class in Economics. I do read Paul Krugman’s column, however, and his blog, too, so I’m familiar with the terms of the debate. And what I’d like to suggest is that our politicians, who […]
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Death, Grief and Love

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, November 4, 2012         Last year my professional life reached a milestone: For the first time in my 44-year career, the annual number of funeral and memorial services at which I have officiated surpassed the number of
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Ethical Culture Is Not Atheism, But What Is It?

 By Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader, Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County         What I want to do for my first address of the new season is what I have always done, and that is speak of Ethical Culture directly. It is my opinion, and I believe a well-grounded one, that Ethical Culture strives to shape […]
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Coming Oct. 7: “A Politics That is Worthy of Us”

          Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader, Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, provides this preview of his platform address for Oct. 7, at the Society Meetinghouse, 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck. The platform address, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m.           It is hard to imagine an election
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