Janet Glass

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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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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Dear Advice Columnist

Dear Advice Columnist: My late husband and I joined the Ethical Culture Society many years ago. We believed in its mission and felt lucky to discover it. Our children loved the Sunday school.  In our enthusiasm, we took on many different roles. My husband and I took our volunteer responsibilities very seriously
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A Case for Natural Burial

As delivered to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County on Sunday, April 19, 2009: I believe in natural burial. By natural burial I mean that we stop cutting down trees to make coffins, that we refrain from destroying rock face to make headstones, and that we don’t poison the earth with the formaldehyde in
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Ethical Culture as a Beacon in a Tech World

Janet Glass
The theater is packed. When the curtain goes up, we meet Marjorie, an 86-year-old woman in intimate and flirtatious conversation with a doting, handsome young man. Their dialogue reveals a long marriage complete with a grown daughter. The scene is jarring. How can this be? After a while the audience figures out
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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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A Collision: My Humanist Values and the Election

Janet Glass
By Janet Glass, President of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Maybe by the time you read this I will have been able to think about something other than the results of the presidential election, its consequences and what it says about the values of many of our fellow citizens. By now you will […]
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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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