NSC is the AEU’s long time voice at the UN, functioning as networker and advocate on issues reflecting the ethical and humanist values of the Ethical Movement. The new season is beginning with Phyllis Ehrenfeld as President, Paul Raynault as Vice-President, Lucille Kleiman as 2nd Vice-President, Kurt Johnson as Treasurer, Martha Gallahue as Corresponding Secretary, Jacqueline Pope as Recording Secretary, and Abe Markman as active member for social action. Sylvain Ehrenfeld, representative of the International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU) contributes regularly, together with Phyllis Ehrenfeld, on UN briefings to newsletters and web sites. Rose Walker, our President Emeritus, continues to attend UN briefings.
NSC includes the Student World Assembly (SWA), founded by Paul Raynault, promoting global democracy through initiating students from all over the world into a personal involvement in the democratic process. Paul reports that SWA now has 13,000 students from 152 countries. Students are applying for membership faster than interns and volunteers can respond to their e-mails in the SWA office in the New York Society building. If you can help or refer a student, logon to the SWA web site.
Kurt Johnson, founder of Coalition For One Voice, brings the recognition that the world is moving towards a new consciousness into meetings with representatives of many religious groups interested in social action. A shared awareness of common ethical goals is infusing new energy into a fast growing coalition of over 1000 members and 150 organizations in the New York area.
At the AEU’s National Assembly in Austin, Texas,on April 18, NSC’s luncheon speaker will be one of the most notable scientists in the country. Professor Gerald R. North, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and of Oceanography at Texas A&M University, was selected as Chair of a committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences that prepared a key report on the topic of global warming. Professor North has testified before Congress to the Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce. We are honored to have the benefit of his expertise and concern on the topic of climate change at our National Assembly.
Phyllis Ehrenfeld, President National Service Conference of the AEU.