News

The Seeds of Discontent

Hanging on a wall in my home is an unusual poster, given to me as gift by a member of the Society many years ago. Entitled “Panta Rhei” or “All Things Flow” in Greek, it’s an artistic timeline depicting the history of Western thought from the time of ancient Athens to the middle of the […]
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The Orlando Massacre

The tenor of American society has become very shrill and an illness courses through its veins at levels deeper than its idolatrous worship of personal weapons.
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Fill In The Blanks: Purchase a Paver Brick

I am sure, if you are like me, you have enjoyed reading the many heartfelt and inspiring words embedded in our paved walkway. These time-captured words communicate the love for departed friends and family; the joy in honoring significant events of our lives; and the pride in our Society, its accomplishments and
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New Officers For Next Year

A new slate of officers and committee chairs was approved by the Society’s members at the Spring Membership Meeting on Sunday, May 15th. (Their names are listed below.) Many thanks to the Nominating Committee for all their work in putting together the slate. And warm thanks to all the volunteers –
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New Coalitions Forming

Some issues are dear to the hearts and minds of the members of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, but are too big to fully tackle within the Society. Two of those issues are climate change and racism. On May 19, representatives from the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, South Presbyterian Church
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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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