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Reclaiming the Light Amid the Darkness

Donald Trump’s mind is like buckshot; concocted thoughts spew out impulsively in all directions. The problem is that he is president of the United States, commanding extraordinary power, and his verbal ejaculations hint at policy or are policy. Divining his intentions is akin to predicting the future by reading
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Repairing Our Democratic Values

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County It’s hard to get excited about them. It’s much harder to get militant in their defense. In fact, it makes one feel a little foolish even to try. But try we must. What I’m referring to are liberal values. It’s much easier […]
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President’s Column: Welcome Back! Sept. 2016

Janet Glass
Janet Glass A group of about 70 people will be gathered in fellowship on Sunday, September 11, in the Meetinghouse of The Ethical Culture Society. The group has come together to socialize, share thoughts on what they believe, and listen to a sermon of sorts on how to improve themselves and the world. In many ways,
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Tracey Kelley Wins AEU Anna Garlin Spencer Award

The winners of the Anna Garlin Spencer Award for volunteer-of-the-year from the Ethical Societies were recognized at the American Ethical Union’s 101st Assembly in St. Louis, MO, in July 2016.  The winner from Bergen was Tracey Kelley, and the AEU President, Jan Broughton, read the following statement:  
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Staying Sane When the World Seems Not to Be – Sept. 11, 2016

Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County As Ethical Culturists, we are attuned to the wider world. And today, to be so attuned is head-spinning. I am referring to the current presidential campaign, which is unprecedented in American history; unprecedented and almost surreal. We go to
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Janice Rubenstein passes away at age 97

Long-time ECSBC member Janice Rubenstein, 97, died on January 27, 2015. Janice and her husband, Jack Rubenstein, then Teaneck residents, joined The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County in its infancy in 1955. According to her daughters, Janice and Jack knew immediately that this was the perfect “home” for
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Is Respect for Culture Good for Women?

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, May 4, 2014 It is a well-worn cliché that we can look at the glass as half full or as half empty. What is true for the smaller experiences we encounter in our daily lives is also true for the long march of history. It is easy for us […]
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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

  Author: George Packer (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman           In the prologue to The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, author George Packer sets the scene:  “No one can say when the unwinding began—when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and
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Mortality

  Author: Christopher Hitchens (2012, Twelve, Hachette Book Group) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman             Christopher Hitchens took on death much the same way he took on life—with an unsparing, combative gaze, an absence of sentimentality, and a deep need to figure it out by writing it down. Mortality is what he
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