Joelle will speak about her experience serving as the professional hydrogeology mentor for the Columbia University Chapter of EWB-USA. In August 2016, the students worked with the community to install new groundwater supply wells for a water-stressed village in a remote area of southern Ghana. This project reduced the time and labor spent walking to other villages to retrieve water, and will limit the vectors of water-borne disease within the community. In addition to providing real world engineering experience and an opportunity to apply my hydrogeology background, the project also provided both the students and me with the opportunity to learn about the process of international development.
Our speakers offer thoughts related to the philosophy of humanism or share their experiences and commitments in the struggle to foster peace, justice, economic fairness and racial and religious harmony. Everyone is invited to Sunday Platform meeting.
The Sunday School at the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County helps children aged 2-14 explore and develop their moral and critical thinking skills through fun and interactive lessons and field trips. We meet weekly on Sundays for 1.5 hours while the adults of the Ethical Culture Society are attending the platform meeting. Our wide ranging curriculum allows kids to examine themselves, their community and the world in general. We teach about different cultures, philosophies and religions. We encourage our students to ask questions, think for themselves and make up their own minds about the bigger questions in life. Our children develop strong values and ethical standpoints. The Sunday School Graduation Rite of Passage, completed by our 8th graders, allows them to present to the community how their Sunday School experience has informed their moral and ethical development.