The radical Martin Luther King Jr. we do not know

By Dr. Joseph Chuman Martin Luther King Day is almost upon us and its advent comes for me with a sense of ambivalence. That King is worthy of a national holiday, I hold without doubt. He was certainly one of the greatest figures of the 20th century, if not all of American history. His non-violent […]
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Coalition partner GreenFaith presents two awards

By Janet Glass GreenFaith’s Central Bergen Circle, a coalition partner with the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, together with seven other congregations in Bergen County, honored two organizations with awards on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Fort Lee Public Library. One award went to Teaneck Girl Scout
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New event in the new year: Syria Supper Club

Eat well and do good at the same time. We invite you to join a Syria Supper Club to support families of Syrian refugees recently settled in New Jersey. The evening meal will be prepared by one or more of our new Syrian neighbors, who will share their traditional cooking skills in a table full […]
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Holiday traditions

By Susan Lesh (Sung in a cheery voice) It’s the …something… time of year! Something, something…full of good cheer! When I was growing up, we were caught up in the Christmas craziness. Our holiday was centered in the church, with three Christmas Eve services, which we all participated in. We
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Celebrating Community

Society members and friends, about 50 in all, enjoyed fun, games, good food, music, hiking and more during Community Day in Stony Point on Oct. 22, 2017. Photos by Jessie Glass                      
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Preserving the American Idea in our perilous times

By Dr. Joseph Chuman It is often said that unlike most other nations, the United States is founded on an idea. Whereas countries on other continents are grounded in blood and soil, with primary allegiance to clan, tribe, ethnic or religious group, those who come to our shores commit themselves to an implicit
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Our letter of gratitude to climate-change speaker

Oct. 17, 2017 Dear Susan, Thank you for your three wonderful presentations at the request of the folks at the Ethical Culture Society and in collaboration with Greenfaith. We were first privileged to hear you present the information you gleaned from the Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corps and from your own
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Extreme weather and climate change

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman There is strong scientific consensus that the heavy rainfall, and the power of the storms Harvey and Irma that roared through Houston, Texas, and Florida was caused by climate change. Harvey and Irma would not have been so intense if the air and sea fueling them hadn’t
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Board, Program Council retreat leads to new initiative

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.” Margaret Mead’s famous quote comes to mind as I think about the annual joint Board and Program Council retreat that was held on Oct.14 this year. We gathered at member Heidi Finkelberg’s beautiful Pocono Mountain home and
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