Posts from 2012

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Reflection, Change, Opportunity

by Bart Worden

As we are getting close to the end of another year it’s a good time to reflect on what this one has brought us and to prepare for what is ahead. 2012 has been a year of significant change at our Society as my appointment as the executive director for the American Ethical Union and […]

Time, Talent – and Treasure

by Bart Worden

The fall membership meeting traditionally kicks off our pledge campaign, and so it did again this November. But this year before we got into dollars and cents I introduced a system for tracking another kind of contribution to the society. It is true, of course, that the Society needs money to keep us rolling along. […]

YES!

by Bart Worden

Matteo Maroun and Noah Velazquez enjoyed a weekend at the YES (Youth in Ethical Societies) conference in St. Louis, Missouri and Camp Manitowa in Benton, llinois. The boys flew out to St. Louis on Thursday, November 8. They were hosted by the St. Louis Ethical Culture Society on Thursday night and spent Friday touring St. […]

AEU Religious Education Fall Conference

by Bart Worden

The Religious Education (“RE”) weekend, sponsored by the A.E.U. was held November 4-7 in Stony Point, New York. Taken from the book of the same name, the conference focus was on “Love, Logic and Ethics”, with recommendations and suggestions for RE teachers and parents for helping children develop empathy, and critical thinking skills grounded in […]

Giving Thanks

by Bart Worden

Here’s my problem with Thanksgiving: the idea of formally giving thanks begs the question – to whom? The assumed answer (to god) is not a construct that holds meaning to me. Still, as I’m sitting down to turkey and trimmings, I feel drawn to something like a traditional grace: acknowledgement for the “blessings” (same problem: […]

Thanksgiving Play

by Bart Worden

The children will be bringing out their inner actors and actresses for the much-anticipated annual Thanksgiving play. Over the next few weeks they will be learning their lines and getting ready to deliver a play that will be sure to bring a smile to each and every audience member. We are also planning a trip […]

The Year Ahead

by Bart Worden

In the mid-1980s, ECSW was the host site for the first Humanist Weekend – an event planned and operated by the North American Committee for Humanism with the intent to bring together humanists from around the country to rally support for humanist causes and push back against a rising tide of religious fundamentalism. It was […]

Catskills Camp Out

by Bart Worden

Four families (the Schulzs, the Kapkleins, the Velazquezs, and the Marouns) spent a weekend on an Ethical Culture Family Camping trip at North-South Lake Campground in Tannersville, NY (Catskill region). The event was joyous and fun-filled with children riding bikes and playing around the campsite while parents cooked together and chatted. We spent time swimming […]

Exciting Changes

by Bart Worden

In order to accommodate our increasing enrollment and our current student base, we have made some exciting changes to our Sunday School structure. Our new Sunday School divisions will be Nursery Ethics (for our preschool age children), Junior Ethics (for our lower elementary school grades), Senior Ethics (for our higher elementary grades) and Graduate Ethics […]