Updated Feb. 10 2022
Curt Collier joined our Society as leader in February 2022, following a vote of the membership. Curt previously served as interim leader of our Society for one year and served many years as a leader for two other Ethical societies—New York and Riverdale-Yonkers. In addition, he was leader-in-training at the Ethical Culture Society of St. Louis. As interim leader, Curt created two new programs, Seeds Before Creeds, opportunities for all ages to join in hands-on environmental work, and Ethical Adventures Family and Friends Circle, an all-ages format for exploring the deeper questions of human existence and ethics.
For many years, Curt was the National Youth Programs Director for Groundwork USA, an environmental nonprofit created by the National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency, and oversaw youth development and career programs in 20 states. Groundwork’s mission is to raise the capacity and collaborative ability of communities to meet their own environmental challenges, and Curt worked to engage the next generation in this goal. For his work, Curt received the Centennial Award from the National Park Service, delivered at an event headed by President Obama.
Curt has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Texas A & M University, a master’s degree in communication disorders from Texas Tech University, certification in counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York, and has completed course work for a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College.
Curt’s column, March 2021: The Power of Our Ethical Culture Way of Life
Curt’s column, February 2022: Taking Adler One Step Further by Honoring All Life
Curt’s column, August, 2022: Coming Together in Community is an Act of Defiance and Hope