Social Action

Growing Up Global

Why should I avoid naming the teddy bear Mohammed? Should I shake hands, bow or kiss on both cheeks? Understanding global practices and perspectives may take a lifetime, but most of our Ethical Culture families would like for their progeny to grow up at home in the world. For some of our international families,
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Bergen Gives Financial Support

The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County has fundraising events to support the work of the Society. However, we also provide financial help to some groups and individuals who are moving in positive directions. In Honor or Memory What happens to your money when you donate in memory of a loved one? Or in honor
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Host Family Found for Sanctuary Client

I am most pleased to share some very good news. The call I put out in last month’s Focus has borne some very good fruit. I had mentioned that our Sanctuary program was in need of a host family for a potentially new client, a young man from Eritrea. Within two days of the call, […]
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Racism Endures

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County The refusal to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing (one wants to say murder) of Eric Garner is shocking, egregious, even incomprehensible.  Even more so than the grand jury verdict in the killing of Michael Brown in
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Treading Lightly: President’s Column Oct 2014

Which uses more electricity: the iPhone in your pocket, or the refrigerator humming in your kitchen? Answer: the phone. (Time magazine, The Surprisingly Large Energy Footprint of the Digital Economy, August 14, 2013) We are the first generation to understand the consequences of a high-carbon economy on the planet
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Who Is Speaking for the Planet?

It’s been said that there will be more climate refugees in the future than political refugees. How we came to this place of environmental degradation may be argued, but we can see that climate change is here. The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County has a bus headed to the September 21st Peoples Climate March.
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