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A Case for Natural Burial

As delivered to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County on Sunday, April 19, 2009: I believe in natural burial. By natural burial I mean that we stop cutting down trees to make coffins, that we refrain from destroying rock face to make headstones, and that we don’t poison the earth with the formaldehyde in
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Ethical Culture as a Beacon in a Tech World

Janet Glass
The theater is packed. When the curtain goes up, we meet Marjorie, an 86-year-old woman in intimate and flirtatious conversation with a doting, handsome young man. Their dialogue reveals a long marriage complete with a grown daughter. The scene is jarring. How can this be? After a while the audience figures out
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Community Dinner: Now More Than Ever

Janet Glass
The Community Dinner was a lovely event held on December 3, 2016. The theme for the evening was Now More Than Ever. It was co-sponsored by the Finance Committee and Social Affairs, led by Azar Gordon. Finance Chair, Esther Sandrof, presented an amusing slide show inspiring us to renew our commitment to the
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A Collision: My Humanist Values and the Election

Janet Glass
By Janet Glass, President of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Maybe by the time you read this I will have been able to think about something other than the results of the presidential election, its consequences and what it says about the values of many of our fellow citizens. By now you will […]
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President’s Column: An Interview with Hugh Taft-Morales

Janet Glass
By Janet Glass, president of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Hugh Taft-Morales is currently leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society. He will be speaking at the Bergen Society on Sunday, October 30th, delivering a platform address entitled, “Humanist Anti-Racism
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President’s Column: Welcome Back! Sept. 2016

Janet Glass
Janet Glass A group of about 70 people will be gathered in fellowship on Sunday, September 11, in the Meetinghouse of The Ethical Culture Society. The group has come together to socialize, share thoughts on what they believe, and listen to a sermon of sorts on how to improve themselves and the world. In many ways,
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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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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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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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