Religion

Politics as Tribalism

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County It is as frightening as it is mysterious. Donald Trump did not create it, but he has catapulted it to new heights, though “depths” would be a more accurate metaphor. He also exemplifies its greatest danger. What I am referring to is […]
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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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In Search of a Wider, Deeper, Richer Humanism

Today’s news is unsettling. Since September 2011, terrorism doesn’t seem so far away from us, even if it is taking place on the other side of the world. For those who are attuned to international events, the upheavals reported daily are captivating, and not in ways that put us at ease. Extremism is a defining […]
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About Kindness: It’s Not All Unicorns and Angel Wings

By Janet Glass, President of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County My Regrets New Year’s resolutions. Often made, seldom kept. So, what could my resolution have to say to a diverse congregation facing a shiny new year? Well, one thing you might ask an old bird is, “looking back, what do you regret?”  There
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Speaking of Ethics: Living a Humanist Life

Author: Joseph Chuman  (CreateSpace, North Charleston, S.C., 2014)   Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn On the cover of Joseph Chuman’s Speaking of Ethics, a silhouetted male figure holds a bullhorn in his right hand. With his left hand extended, index figure pointing upward, he rallies his troops. Women and men
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Prudes and Libertines: Politics, Religion and Polarization

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County April 1, 2012 My title this morning comes from an important, indeed superlative, book, entitled American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. The book, published in 2010 and co-authored by Robert Putnam, a professor
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Ethical Culture Is Not Atheism, But What Is It?

 By Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader, Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County         What I want to do for my first address of the new season is what I have always done, and that is speak of Ethical Culture directly. It is my opinion, and I believe a well-grounded one, that Ethical Culture strives to shape […]
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Religion and Religious Violence

The terrorist attacks have left us anxiously wanting to know why this has happened. The stunning assaults on our country and its people have confronted us with dark clouds of ignorance that leave us insecure, and make the future seems more ominous than at any time since World War II. We have arrived at an […]
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Religion, Ethnicity, Identity and Ethical Culture

As we well know, and cannot forget, tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the assault on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Time has confirmed the feelings I had then, that the collective psyche of Americans would be indelibly changed. Whether fear of continued terrorist attacks on American soil is hyped for
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