Posts from 2013

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Westhab Family Shelter

by Bart Worden

On Sunday, March 17, the Senior Ethics Group visited the Westhab Family Shelter, otherwise known as The Coachman. The visit went very well. The children painted birdhouses and picture frames together and then

The Boxes We Live In

by Bart Worden

I am increasingly impressed by the power of habit and learned culture to filter our thoughts and perceptions. We have come to live, it seems, in perceptual boxes built from the culture we live in and the behaviors we have learned to help us survive within that culture. Our language, thoughts, attitudes and responses, if […]

All Ages Game Night

by Bart Worden

SockWaRs anyone?! Why, but of course!!! A number of players of all ages doffed their shoes to participate in a lively game originated by EC Leader Randy Best, and brought to us by Eric Steinnagel at our Game Night March 16th. The goal was to survive being pelted by balled up socks thrown by members […]

The View from the AEU

by Bart Worden

As you all know, since June I’ve been serving as president of the national board at the American Ethical Union, and it is high time that I report back here at home what I’ve seen and what I’ve learned while occupying that lofty station. During the two decades I’ve been a member of our Society […]

Do The Deed

by Bart Worden

In the three months since it launched at our fall membership meeting, the “deed donation” project is rolling right along. Some members’ deeds you may have already enjoyed, such as Glenn playing saxophone at a recent platform. Some you might be looking forward to, like the upcoming Game Night Ruthanne is organizing or the movie […]

Ethical Culture Rejuvenation Day

by Bart Worden

The last Sunday of every February is now Ethical Culture Rejuvenation Day. This holiday was created to be a holiday that is exclusive to the Ethical Culture movement. Holidays exist to bind a community together by celebrating shared values and traditions. Ethical Culture does not have many holidays that it can call its own. It […]

Love on the Edge by Joan Katen

by Bart Worden

Two university students, David and Yasmeen, are transported from their reality which is life amidst the insecurities and violence of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict to what is tantamount to a fantasy world in France. They find themselves far from home adjusting slowly to their new surroundings. Each is endeavoring to overcome personal sadness caused directly by […]

Losing Our Religion

by Bart Worden

I’ve been thinking about the recent Pew Research Center poll finding that about 20 percent of American adults claim no religious affiliation – more like a third when you look only at people under 30. It’s a dramatic rise in the number of “nones” – just five years ago, Pew put the figure at about […]

Amnesty International

by Bart Worden

Most people are familiar with Amnesty International for its actions in trying to free prisoners of conscience and demand that they be treated fairly and be subject to the rule of law, e.g., not being held indefinitely without trial or charges being brought against them. Another aspect of its work are campaigns on various human […]