Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County

Finding Solace in the Cosmos

By Dr. Joseph Chuman This has been a hard year for all of us, considering the dark political realities that loom large and invade our mental space almost ceaselessly. In order to sustain my sanity, I seek refuge. One place I turn to is a field of interest that captivated me when I was a […]
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Trump threatens our moral standards

By Dr. Joseph Chuman There is growing consensus that the Trump presidency is a train wreck: Chaotic, unpredictable, destructive of American norms, engineered by a pathologically impulsive, grandiose and stunningly ignorant man who is narcissistically blind to his own ignorance. The question many, both inside the
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Society to honor civil rights activist Theodora Lacey

Theodora Lacey of Teaneck, civil rights activist and educator, will receive the Jack Rubinstein Ethical Humanist Award at our Society’s Installation Dinner on Saturday, June 3, at 6 pm at the Meetinghouse. The award is bestowed annually on a non-member whose work has had a deep and lasting impact on social
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In Conclusion

Janet Glass
“Hi, is this Janet? This is David Bland calling for the Nominating Committee of Ethical Culture. Would you consider accepting a nomination for president?” “What?”  I was incredulous. The truth is that three years ago, my attendance at Ethical had been spotty, at best, and knowledge about
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Freedom of the Press

By Dr. Sylvian Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman The world is increasingly dangerous for journalists. On average, more than 30 journalists are murdered every year, and the murderers go unpunished in nearly nine of 10 cases. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 81 journalists are currently
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Speaking of Joe Chuman

Janet Glass
Something special is happening at Bergen Ethical. In fact, it happens once a month. I can tell because the seats in our meetinghouse tend to fill up like no other Sunday. It’s the first Sunday of the month, and Dr. Joseph Chuman is addressing the congregation. As president and presider, I’ve watched
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Searching for the Common Good

In August 1981, Ronald Reagan carried out his threat and fired 11,000 air-traffic controllers who had gone on strike, demanding higher wages and a shorter workweek. This assault on a vital service early in his presidency set the tone that characterized the Reagan legacy. Not only did it augur the destruction of
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What it Means to be Human

I have devoted my past five platform addresses to the political maelstrom that lies ahead. As powerful as the impulse to speak again about the political circumstances we are in and the dangers we face, I want to temporarily turn away from that theme and devote my February talk to a topic closer to the […]
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Truth in the Era of Trump

In the blink of an eye, Donald Trump has brushed aside all that we cherish: Sophistication, intelligence, nuance, the educated mind, science, logical consistency, the authority of evidence and facts, and at bottom, truth itself. These pillars of civilization, society and humane interaction have been swept to the
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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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