By Susan Lesh
It is almost October and we are in full swing here at Bergen Ethical.
Ethical Brew is off to an outstanding start … I was at the Guy Davis concert and all I can say is “WOW,” what a great show! The rest of the year also sounds really terrific. Perry and Beth say many are experienced performers and not to be missed! Fifty percent of the proceeds goes to fund our Ethical initiatives…it’s win-win all around.
Our Program Committee has a great lineup too…we have Alan Kaufman, who was a Freedom Rider in the 1960s. We’re going to continue talking about the assault on science with several speakers, including Massimo Pigliucci, Greg Zucker, and Michael Thompson. We’ll have more about how people put their personal values to work.
We have a new director of Ethical Education; member Samantha Stankiewicz took over her new role this summer when Dan Ferat stepped down (thank you for your service, Dan!). Samantha welcomed our returning families and several new families on opening Sunday with warm enthusiasm.
Some of our members are beginning a new enterprise; it’s called Ethical Music Makers. Member Jessie Glass has written some music that you’ll be hearing soon and people are arranging other pieces for vocals, bass guitar, guitar, and piano. They’re sure to make the room rock!
The Social Action Committee has a new bulletin board. Member Janet Glass has an artist friend who created the poster about an organization we’re a member of, GreenFaith, which is made up of interfaith partners who are in action for the world’s environmental health. Social Action also has a new presence in the newsletter. Read about upcoming events where members are participating in social action and social justice.
Social Affairs is going Green! You may have noticed the brown napkins and plates, birchwood utensils and compostable cups. We’re making an effort to use far less plastic to help reduce our impact on the earth.
The Membership Committee is planning the next Community Weekend, our fantastic weekend get together. Save the dates–June 5, 6, 7 in 2020–when we’ll be back at Stony Point Center in New York, a beautiful relaxing spot to hang out and maybe make new Ethical friends.
And of course, our Communications Committee members are tweeting, Facebooking, and Instagramming all of our activities that help to make the world a better place.
Our Ethical Culture Society is brimming with so many activities, I’m sure I’ll see you at one of them!
Susan Lesh is president of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County.