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What Is The Future Of The UN?

A new Secretary General of the UN is to be chosen this year. In the past the usual procedure was that those interested in the job lobbied the permanent members with veto power of the Security Council (US, Russia, Britain, China, and France) behind closed doors. Once chosen, the name was send to the General […]
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The Riches and Rewards of Community

In these tumultuous times, I sometimes think we are flailing about on the high seas in need of a life boat or safe harbor.  For those of us who cannot or do not find our security in the loving embrace of a Divine Custodian, all we are left with, to put it bluntly, are ideas and […]
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Sunday School Ethics Lab

Like many of us, I remember my childhood as one endless day of sitting in a classroom in my assigned seat, quietly listening to the teacher, following directions, regurgitating the information I had been fed to show that yes I now know what you want me to know and yes I can get along with […]
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Interview with Film Series Creator: David Bland

David Bland, film enthusiast and long-time member of the Ethical Culture Society, has launched several themed film series at the Society’s building. Following each film, David has provided background information and has skillfully led discussion. The last series, on Black Films, was the most successful yet.
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Ethical Culture in Its Context

Even a cursory glance at our political culture reveals that America is in a state of crisis. The unprecedented nature of this presidential campaign is suggestive of broad-based discontent extending to the lowest levels of American society. For the past forty years we have been moving rightward. Think of the steady
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Thinking About Fascism

We have never seen anything like it – a major party candidate for the presidency who is a flaming narcissist, has never held public office and elaborates virtually no program. He is politically vacuous. What he does have are hyperbolic slogans, insults, obscenities and a speaking style not above a fifth
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World Health Emergencies

Microbes have no respect for borders. In our increasingly interconnected world there are increasing opportunities for the rapid spread of infections. More than ever global public health security depends on international cooperation. The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948 to coordinate these
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Alone Together

Single At Heart Perhaps it was the influence of all those “A Woman Needs a Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle,” bumper stickers on college campuses in the late 60’s. But I found this little poem I wrote in an old college notebook from 1966: I love being single With never a worry No […]
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So Long, Scalia

I must confess my first reaction when I heard of Justice Scalia’s death. I was just happy, happy that he could no longer get in the way of the rights of my gay or female or non-white friends. Out of the way! I smiled. My second feeling was guilt. What kind of person celebrates the […]
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Ruth’s Piano

This is Ruth Haynes’ piano in its new home. Our home. In her will, she left it to us. This display of her devotion is in keeping with Ruth as a member. After being an active part of our congregation for many decades, she continued to show up. She paid attention. She was upbeat and […]
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