Posts from February 2013

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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 […]

Until Tuesday by Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan

by Bart Worden

On Friday, January 18, our Society hosted the Westchester County Psychological Association’s guest author, Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan, discussing his book Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him. Of course, his wonderful service dog, Tuesday, accompanied him. This book is being made into a movie. The meeting included a discussion […]

About Comfort Zone Camp

by Bart Worden

Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and […]

Day of Deeds Sunday School Style

by Bart Worden

The theme for the MLK Day of Deeds Junior Ethics Sunday School class this year was “Relating to Seniors”. The children discussed who the important older adults were in their lives, and what they enjoyed doing together with them. We then read a book called The Lemon Sisters by Andrea Cheng. This story sensitively describes […]

Mount Pleasant Cottage School District

by Bart Worden

Mount Pleasant Cottage School District is a special act program enacted by a decree of the state Education Department about 45 years ago, located on the grounds of a residential treatment center in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The residential treatment center is operated by the Jewish Childcare Association (JCCA) working closely with the district to provide […]

Senior Ethics Group

by Bart Worden

The Senior Ethics Group is planning on writing letters to Malala Yousufzai, a 15-year old Pakastani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education. The group has been discussing the issue for the last couple of weeks while they were focused on the topic of courage and the many […]