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Revisiting climate change

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman The year 2017 was a year of record-breaking climate events. The world saw some of the highest average surface temperatures ever recorded. Extreme weather events in the U.S. included massive suffering and caused $306 billion in damage. Unusual events occurred: Sharks froze
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The need for forgiveness

By Dr. Joseph Chuman Trying to be ethical is not risk-free. It comes with perils. Among the pitfalls is the appearance of being sanctimonious. Exhibit high ethical standards and others may accuse you of striving to be “holier than thou.” And there is always the risk of ethical failure, which, given the
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Marching toward change

By Susan Lesh Yes, I marched on January 20. Last year, I felt compelled to march. Like many, I was disoriented by the November 2016 elections and felt that I MUST DO SOMETHING. It was a fantastic experience. I felt a part of an enormous group; it registered in my core that women were standing up […]
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The cosmic perspective and its consolations

By Dr. Joseph Chuman I am suffering from outrage overload. Given the macabre and oppressive political times we endure, I am not the only one. Many people, no doubt, seek modes of relief and escape. While I assiduously read the papers and magazines of opinion (these I can control), I find that I often turn […]
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The radical Martin Luther King we do not know

This platform address was delivered by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, at the Society’s meetinghouse on Jan. 7, 2018. By Dr. Joseph Chuman In his acceptance speech of Dec. 10, 2009, upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama said the following:
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Creating Community

By Janet Glass Our meetinghouse’s main room was converted into a charming venue for fine dining and generous drinks on the evening of Dec. 2. This was the Community Dinner 2017. Azar Gordon’s supervision missed no detail, from flowing decorations to provisions for the vegetarian set and gracious piano
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Winter Festival 2017

We celebrated the solstice at our Winter Festival on Dec. 17, sharing jokes, funny songs and laughter, as well as candle-lighting and our traditional potluck lunch.
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Can you host an asylum seeker?

By Dr. Joseph Chuman Fourteen years ago, our Bergen Ethical Culture Society created a new non-profit organization, now called the Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition for Political Asylum Seekers. As many of you know, the mission of the Sanctuary Coalition is to assist political asylum seekers who are fleeing
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New Year’s Day brunch remembered

By Susan Lesh As I am writing this, the holidays are fast approaching. One of the holiday traditions at Ethical had been a New Year’s Day Brunch. This was begun by the effervescent Beth Greenblatt. I remember, when we were new members, being enthralled by the “lady in purple.” She always wore a smile, had […]
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The radical Martin Luther King Jr. we do not know

By Dr. Joseph Chuman Martin Luther King Day is almost upon us and its advent comes for me with a sense of ambivalence. That King is worthy of a national holiday, I hold without doubt. He was certainly one of the greatest figures of the 20th century, if not all of American history. His non-violent […]
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