Ethical Culture

From Nationalism to Tyranny, and How We Must Respond

It’s a very important book. It may be the most important book I have read within memory, though it is only 126 short pages and can be finished in less than 40 minutes. Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: Twenty Lesson From the Twentieth Century, draws a line between the rise of Fascism and Communist totalitarianism in
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From the UN: Update on Water and Sanitation

By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Amazingly, more people in the world have cell phones than access to a toilet. Inadequate water and sanitation do not make headlines but claim many lives through disease. This is a “silent disaster” with major health consequences. Let’s look at the situation in greater
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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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10 Questions for Humanists

During his platform address in October, Arthur Dobrin, leader emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, posed the following 10 questions, suggesting that members consider each one for a moment. 1.   What are you called upon to do as a humanist? 2.   How does the idea of the dignity and worth of
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President’s Column: Is That Yogurt Really Expired?

Janet Glass
By Janet Glass, president of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County November is a favorite month for many of us because everything stops for Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to catch up with family and friends, some at home, others at restaurants, others in rental spaces. Part of the joy is that we come together
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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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