People of color are horribly victimized by global warming, as the “first and worst”! This was brought home to us all most dramatically as we viewed -and got to know-friends in New Orleans and NYC’s Rockaways after the destruction wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. But our courageous sisters and brothers are not primarily victims. Rather, they are our leaders in the vital struggle against the lethal stranglehold of the profit-mongers of fossil fuel. From the South Bronx, through Harlem, to Standing Rock, we are continually challenged to follow the leadership of frontline communities in the life-and-death work needed to reverse the destruction of our precious earth.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.
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.