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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County


Today is     Updated 6-22-15

Ethical Culture is a Humanist Religion--Come and visit!

516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040  Phone 973-763-1905     Email: ecsec.nj@gmail.com
Board of Trustees: Bill Graves, President   Zia Durrani, Vice-President; Rosalie Sussman, Secretary; Melissa Birun; Karen Bokert;
Barbara Cotler; Elaine Durbach; Fred Fink-Armstrong, Allan Parmet, Jeanine Rosh
Martha Gallahue, Leader Member;   Liz Cunningham, Office Manager
Boe Meyerson, Leader Emerita; Jim White, Leader Emeritus
Office hours Monday through Friday, 8:15 to 9:45 am, Sunday, 9:30 am to 12 pm
This society is a religious and educational fellowship that seeks to achieve the ethical life without dogma; to develop the highest values in human relationships in ourselves, our families, and our community; and to elicit the best in others, thereby eliciting the best in ourselves


Have a Great Summer:
Our Next Sunday Morning Program is
Sunday, September 13, 2015



Read the op-ed piece our friend Gus Lindquist
published the day he died, June 18, 2015.




The Social Action Committee's First Local Hero Award
was presented 6-7-15 to to Susan Barry

Susan Barry & Friends 6-7-15


The Social Action Committee has instituted a program for celebrating Local Heroes. We believe that many people in our communities are doing important, under-appreciated work in social service and social action. Our first honoree will be Susan Barry, a long time language arts teacher at Maplewood Middle School who has organized a Model UN that is accessible to all types of students.

After several successful years, she is now teaching a one semester elective in Model UN to a total of 60 students along with running the extra-curricular group. Her students  commemorated Human Rights Day by researching human rights violations throughout the world, and members wore placards that told the story of a human rights violation somewhere in the world. They also celebrated Red Hand Day in commemoration of child soldiers throughout the world by researching specific stories of child soldiers and sharing that information with other classes in the building. Please join us at the Program Sunday, June 7 to honor this local hero.



On Display at the Society Building through July: Work by Florence Weisz

Monday through Sundays, 9 -7.



If you are interested in learning more about Florence Weisz's collages and paintings, or if you want to buy, see her website at www.florenceweisz.com or call her at 973-762-4833.



The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County is seeking...

...to hire a part-time DIRECTOR/TEACHER  FOR OUR ETHICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM  suited to the needs of children,  4-7 and  8-11 years and older as the program grows.  We need someone with experience in both teaching and coordinating curricula  along with the ability to receive input from an active group of hands-on parents and to work with the Board of the Ethical Culture Society.  This is a part-time position beginning at 10 hours a month.  We are looking for someone who is sensitive to  the needs of children  within a congregational format.

We believe that ethical education  promotes the dignity of every person and respect for all religions.  Our core values include attribution of ultimate worth of the individual, solidarity in diversity,  sustainable living and democracy that works for all. 

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County is a progressive non-theist religion dedicated to living ethically in a complex world. Founded in l876 and established in Maplewood in l945, over the years the ethical culture movement (known as The American Ethical Union) has been instrumental in launching Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, Visiting Nurses, New York Settlement House, Fieldston School, and National Ethical Service at the UN. The Society began a long-running Ethics for Children program and most recently, Essex Time Exchange among other initiatives. The Maplewood Society was the first peace site in the country. Its motto is: to act so as to bring out the best in ourselves by bringing out the best in others.


  Please send your resume to:  ecsec.nj@gmail.com.

Contact information: 973-763-1905; www.essexethical.org.




This Week's Program

What's Happening This Month at Ethical!


Newsletters      Current Newsletter   




Interested in Joining the Ethical Society? Click here!



Sunday, June 7, 2015
after the morning program.


Follow Up and Updates for Past Programs:

Fund Raiser for GAP (Global Action Project--
See March program with Leena Khandawala)


Snapshots of some Past Programs
    Dialogue-- the American Ethical Union's Newsletter
Upcoming Programs
Society By Laws

We're on Facebook!     Twitter too!    


Families for Ethical Education!

Learn more at Meet-up and take a look at
 Parenting Beyond Belief:
Raising Ethical Caring Children

By Dale McGowan, National Family Educator of the American Ethical Union
"A compelling read " -- Newsweek


June 14

Lori Mirabal

with Allison Brewster Franzetti


With Warmest Regards:
Opera Star Lori Mirabal's
Personal Journey in Song and Talk



The Calendar of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
For More information on individual events, click here.






AEU statement on the events in Ferguson, Missouri


What's Wrong With Our System of Detaining Immigrants

Here is a link to an excellent brief summary of the problem of having a required number of immigrants detained every night in the U.S. bya former district attorny of New York County: http://www.thenation.com/article/180972/us-keeps-34000-immigrants-detention-each-day-simply-meet-quota#


Is Ethics Your Religion?

See AEU Statement on "Standing with Ferguson"

Gus Lindquist directs us to GeeksFSO

Coffee Schedule for 2014- 15



Current Newsletter

(In order to read this, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader,
which can be downloaded free if you click here.)

Upcoming Events at Ethical   


Bob and Patty Bender and Peter Seeger

Member Memorials

Peace Center Page!

Joe Chuman's New Book


Last Year's Program Schedule 2013-14

Great Ideas from Felix Adler: The Ethical Culture Elevator Pitch??

Transcript of Gus Lindquist's 11-24-13 program talk

  Podcast: Martha Gallahue Interviewed by Anselm LeBourne
(go to the bottom of the Somore.org page)

Fall Issue of , the publication
of the American Ethical Union


Just for fun: Photos of Long Island birds by Janet Rudolph!



We're in the News!


Great Ideas from Felix Adler: The Ethical Culture Elevator Pitch??

Transcript of Gus Lindquist's 11-24-13 Program

  Podcast: MarthaGallahue Interviewed by Anselm LeBourne
(go to the bottom of the Somore.org page)

Fall Issue of , the publication
of the American Ethical Union


Joe Chuman Has New Book

Joe Chuman's book Speaking of Ethics has just been published. It is an anthology of 26 addresses given over the past 35 years, divided into four thematic sections: Ethics in Private life; Public Issues; Humanist Heroes and Interpretations of Ethical Culture. The primary audience is members and friends of the Ethical Culture movement, but Joe hopes it will generate interest in wider humanist circles and among all readers interested in ethics and moral philosophy. The binding notion of the diverse essays is the application of our central commitment of human dignity to various social and personal issues. This is the first book published in a long time coming out of Ethical Culture and directly related to what I believe we stand for. Speaking of Ethics can be found and ordered from the following Web site: www.createspace.com/44236227 . Soon it will be available on Amazon as an e-book as well as a soft cover.



Past Events, News, and Follow-Up to Programs.



Carolyn Dorfman showing Dance pieces 1-25-15



Juanita Martin, Pamela Booker, Martha Gallahue: 1-18-15 program

Solidarity Singers: The Union Makes Us Strong!


Follow up to Our Programs:

The Global Action Project (See March 29, 2015 program)

Updates on Past Speakers-- Fraidy Reiss--Forced Marriages

Online Resources on Pearl S. Buck:

1.Mike Wallace interview with Pearl Buck: http://www.c-span.org/video/?288844-1/mike-wallace-interview-pearl-buck
2.Discussion about Pearl Buck: http://www.wvliving.com/Summer-2011/Conversations-about-Pearl-S-Buck/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1#artanc
3. Nobel Prize Lecture http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1938/buck-lecture.html
4. Short Stories Online –
"The Old Demon" http://meredithsuewillis.com/old%20demon.pdf







April 2015




Sunday, April 5, 2015 After Program 
    Social Action Minutes





Tai Chi
Every Sunday Morning
9 AM with Richard Mullen






April 7, 11 am to noon

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon





April 8, 7:30 pm: ECSEC Executive Board Meeting




Friday, April 10, 2015

Folk Fridayat Ethical

Sing-along & jam

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM - 9 PM

lnovemsky@comcast.net   973 763-8293

bring acoustic string and rhythm instruments

join in playing, singing, or listening with us bring some refreshments to share





Arts Unbound Exhibit open through April 18.






May 3

Sunday, May 3, 2015 after the morning program.



May 16

"Stones of Resonance:  China – Tibet – Jerusalem"
Solo Art Exhibition at

Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
May, June, July 2015
Reception: Saturday, May 167 - 9 PM

"Stones of Resonance" is the all-embracing title for artworks Florence Weisz is exhibiting during May, June and July 2015 at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County. She is showing three series of collages that derive their imagery and inspiration from places that have resonated deeply with her:  the exhilarating experience climbing the Great Wall of China, her fascination with the powerful, serene Buddhist architecture of Tibet and her complicated love of Jerusalem, as expressed through images of stone

A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, May 16th, from 7:00 to 9 pm.

While viewing Florence's collages, Leader Martha Gallahue will tell of her recent visit to China and Tibet and update us on the current situation there




Tai Chi
Every Sunday Morning
9 AM with Richard Mullen





Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon






Friday, May 8, 2015

Folk Fridayat Ethical

Sing-along & jam

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM - 9 PM

lnovemsky@comcast.net   973 763-8293

bring acoustic string and rhythm instruments

join in playing, singing, or listening with us bring some refreshments to share




June 2015

replaced by our first Local Hero Award


Tricia Idrobo is offering Spanish Classes



Or... see her flyer.



We're In the News and
Follow-ups to Our Programs


Great Ideas from Felix Adler: Our Elevator Pitch??

Transcript of Gus Lindquist's 11-24-13 Program talk

  Podcast: MarthaGallahue Interviewed by Anselm LeBourne
(go to the bottom of the Somore.org page)

Fall Issue of , the publication
of the American Ethical Union



Transcript of Gus Lindquist's 11-24-13 Program talk






A Statement from the Board

In solidarity with all those who experience violence from too ready access to guns,  we send our condolences to the community in Newtown, CT.  We acknowledge your unimaginable pain in this moment.  We ask for your guidance to bring about healing and reconciliation to all in our country as we search for ways to protect the public good.   We renew our determination to end denial about the roots of violence that exist inside our homes.  We in Ethical Culture throughout the United States have already taken strong stands against the unrestrained use of guns and weaponry.   Now we promise to do more in your names as we share your sorrow.

Martha Gallahue, Leader
Andrew B. Weinberger, President
The Board of Trustees of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
December 17, 2012









The Leader's Page

Social Action Committee Minutes

AEU's Fall Issue of Dialogue is now online!

2013-2014 Coffee Calendar for Members: Please check your dates

Links to Other Ethical Societies Around the Nation!

Ethical Action Dialogue May 2013
(AEU publication)

Article on Women in Ethical Culture


Vimeo of Betty Levin's September 16 Program
Fred Sebastian Memorial
Meredith Sue Willis Talk on Political Novel
Building a Relationship: ECS & Valley Settlement House

Thank you, Gus Lindquist

May 2014: Bob and Patty Bender news

The loss this past January of musician, activist, pioneer, and humanitarian Pete Seeger prompted an outpouring of tributes and appreciation from all corners of the world. So it's little wonder that his local admirers are preparing to pay homage as well. On Sunday, May 4, a group of South Florida folkies, activists, and enthusiasts will participate in an afternoon event dubbed "Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger: A Musical Tribute" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale. The concert will feature the top names in our local folk circles -- among them, Rod MacDonald, Laurie Jennings, Grant Livingston, Ellen Buskel, Marie Koppelman, Tracy Sands, and Amy Carol Webb -- and will celebrate the spirit of the Seegers' visionary philosophy.

"Pete introduced a lot of important songs and stood for a powerful idea, that music is more than entertainment, but also a means of addressing the reality of our world," explains MacDonald, one of the event's chief organisers. "I think his philosophy -- that if you can get people together, anything is possible -- is what's most memorable."

See also: Pete Seeger Tribute Concert in Lake Worth: The Man is Gone. The Spirit Lives On

That's the idea behind this event, and it's in that spirit that MacDonald, Labryrinth Cafe administrator Susan Moss, and Seeger fans and enthusiasts Bob and Patty Bender to unite in bringing this project to fruition. "I just knew everyone would want to do it," MacDonald insists. "It's a way for the musical community to come together in tribute to someone we all loved."

"How could we not respond enthusiastically when Rod initiated this event and consulted us about the involvement of South Florida activists?" Bob Bender remarks. "Pete Seeger was a role model, a brilliant folk musician, and compassionate human being." Bender recalls first hearing Seeger and his group the Weavers singing Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" on a late night Philadelphia radio program in 1951 and being so enamoured by the broadcast that attending Seeger concerts became a family tradition. He started it when he met his wife Patty and it continued when they began bringing their children as well. That practice reached its pinnacle in 2009 when Bob and Patty co-emceed Seeger's 90th Birthday Bash.

Asked why the Seeger legacy continues to resonate, Bender offers a ready response, or rather, several. "Pete was a brilliant musician. Pete was always a sensitive and committed grassroots social activist. Pete was a principled and courageous human being and a disciplined organiser and writer. Pete got people singing and moving. He embodied social change. Pete was eternally optimistic, with unerring political instincts."

As for Toshi, she too isn't far from his thoughts. "Toshi brought her own passion and style to social movements," he says. "She once quipped something to the effect that if only Pete's passions had involved other women instead of other causes, her life would have been simpler -- though not better -- without him."

Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger: A Musical Tribute. 1:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, 3970 N.W. 21 Ave, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 and must be purchased in advance before April 28. Call Susan Moss at 954-478-8637.


Jerry Kaplan: click on Members.html#jerrykaplan

Fred Sebastian: click on members.html#fredsebastian




Information about Ill and Recovering Members

Interested in Joining our Society?

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516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040


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