The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County

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

516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040  Phone 973-763-1905     Email:
Board of Trustees: Andrew B. Weinberger, President   Zia Durrani, Vice-President; Rosalie Sussman, Secretary; Hilding Lindquist, Treasurer
Karen Bokert, Freda Fink-Armstrong, E. Betty Levin, Elaine Durbach, Allan Parmet, Mira Stillman.
Martha Gallahue, Leader;   Liz Cunningham, Office Manager
Boe Meyerson, Leader Emerita; Jim White, Leader Emeritus
As of February 1, office hours will be
Monday through Friday, 8:15 to 9:45 am, and Sunday, 9:30 am to 12 pm
Today is     Updated 4-13-14 

We're now on Facebook!      And Twitter too!

Conference on Future Ethical Society

Peace Center Page!

Joe Chuman's New Book



April 20, 2014

Martha Gallahue


The Challenges of Peace-Making




Sunday, May 4, 2014
After Platform

Social Action Minutes

Social Action Committee Now Collecting
Art Supplies for Valley Settlement House!


Full Platform Schedule 2013-14


Current Newsletter

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Upcoming Events   


Social Service Opportunities

Action Opportunities around the Area

News and Platform Follow-ups

Coffee Schedule for 2013- 14

Social Action Committee Minutes 3-2-14

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

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

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

Fall Issue of , the publication
of the American Ethical Union


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




Social Action Committee's Spring Collection!




– Large White Sheets (11" X 17" & larger) Pads of Newsprint
– Construction Paper
– Assorted Colors Poster Board (22" X 28")
– White & Assorted Colors Color Markers (washable only)
– Water Color sets Poster Paint
– Various Colors White School Glue (washable like Elmer's)
– Paper Punches (round and other shapes)
– Mini Pom-Poms (¼" & ½" sizes & assorted colors)
– Lacing – Various Colors (100' spools of plastic material for making lanyards, key chains, bookmarks and stringing beads and buttons)

Due to a recent quantity contribution, no crayons at this time!

Please bring materials to the Ethical Culture Society, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood (at Parker) and place in box in room off parlor.



Future of Ethical Society Conference
"Building an Ethical Future"
Invitation and Registration


My name is Christian Hayden and I am reaching out to invite you to the Future of Ethical Society Conference in Philadelphia, May 23rd to May 27th. We are looking to have a challenging, engaging affair, which relies in large part on your attendance. Please have a look at the registration packet and let me know if you have any questions. The weekend shall include A Fireside Chat and Camp out (Indoor sleeping arrangements available) Service Project Guided Discussions around social justice, art, and relationships (Theater of the Oppressed Philadelphia will be in attendance)

Meet and Greet Dinner

Sunday Platform (which we plan!)

Ethical Career Panel

Leadership Meeting

Social Outing

Scholarships are available!

Description of FES: FES, the Future of Ethical Societies, is an organization created and run by the Ethical Culture movement's young adult members. We seek to establish and maintain ties between the Ethical Culture movement as a whole and its young members. FES members come together annually to discuss ethical issues, engage in service projects, and establish deep connections and friendships with one another. FES members include graduates of Ethical Society youth groups and national Youth of Ethical Societies (YES) conferences, as well as young adults that are new to the Ethical Culture Movement. Anyone between ages 18 and 28 can attend the FES Conference, whether or not they are members of an Ethical Society. This year we are also having Alumni attend the conference so feel free to come even if you are beyond this age group!

Description of Ethical Humanist Society:

Ethical Culture is a humanistic, religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Ethical Culture was founded by Dr. Felix Adler in 1876 as a way to promote active moral engagement in the world beyond traditional religious creeds.

With love and justice, Christian Hayden





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






We're in the News!


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

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

  Podcast: MarthaGallahue Interviewed by Anselm LeBourne
(go to the bottom of the 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: . Soon it will be available on Amazon as an e-book as well as a soft cover.



Sunday, Oct. 20 Platform with
Zia Durrani and Betty Levin
War and Peace



The American Ethical Union was in Washington for
The 50th Anniversary of I Have A Dream!
(August 24, 2013)



Members' Retreat 6-29-13

Lisa, Elaine, Zia, Andy, Sue

Food (of course!), Zia, Elaine, Gus

Sylvia, Diane, Mira




More News and Follow-Up to Platforms





A Memorial Service for Jerry Kaplan

 Took Place Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013


February 2014

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Ethical Culture Society Building at 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey
and are free and open to the public.


Social Action Committee Meeting February 2, 2014.

Sally Pillay of IRATE/First Friends will give us training forvisiting immigration detainees at the Newark jails. No Committment required!

Social Action Minutes


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

Tuesday February 4, 2014;
Tuesday February 11, 2014;
Tuesday February 18, 2014;
Tuesday February 25, 2014


Folk Arts Fridays

at Ethical

Sing-along and jam with friends

February 14, 2014

Second Friday of each month

(October through June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM   973 763-8293

Bring acoustic string and rhythm
:join in playing, singing, or listening with us.
Bring some refreshments to share.


Folk Fridays have expanded to invite all crafts people in the society

to come and listen to music while doing crafts! Everyone is invited!





Essex Time Exchange--
A Showing of Fixing the Future

 When: Sunday, Feb 23, 2014, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: The Loft, SOPAC, South Orange, NJ

Admission: Free


Presented by your local time bank -- Essex Time Exchange

In this documentary (, David Brancaccio (of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits people across America using innovative approaches, like the new popular movement of Time Banking, to reinvent the American economy. Directed by Emmy-award-winning director Mary OliveSmith

Opening remarks by David Brancaccio Live!

Join us for a panel discussion after the movie to find out how you can be part of time banking by joining your local time bank

Please bring a snack to share with 5 people. Per South Orange Health Code, bring only packaged goods [e.g. packaged cookies, nuts, fruit] or non-alcoholic drinks



March 2014

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Ethical Culture Society Building at 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey
and are free and open to the public.



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

Tuesday March 4, 2014;
Tuesday March 11, 2014;
Tuesday March 18, 2014;
Tuesday March 25, 2014





Folk Friday Special at Ethical

Sing-along & Jam

Songs in the spirit of Pete Seeger



April 2014


Social Action Committee Meeting Replaced by visit to Immigration Detainees on April 13. Next regular Social Action meeting is
Sunday May 4, 2014.


Social Action Minutes



Folk Friday Special at Ethical

Sing-along & Jam

Songs in the spirit of Pete Seeger

Guest Song Leader: Bennet Zurofsky

April 11, 2014

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM   973 763-8293

bring acoustic string and rhythm instruments

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


Everyone is invited!





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


Great Ideas from Felix Adler: Our Elevator Pitch??

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

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

Fall Issue of , the publication
of the American Ethical Union



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



Solidarity Singers 5-5-13!
The Union Makes Us Strong!





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 Platform
Fred Sebastian Memorial
Meredith Sue Willis Talk on Political Novel
Building a Relationship: ECS & Valley Settlement House

Thank you, Gus Lindquist



Jerry Kaplan passed away May 8, 2013.

We mourn the death of ethical society member Jerry Kaplan, 86, who passed away on Wednesday, May 8th. His son Michael wrote that Jerry “died peacefully at the home of his significant other Flo Hauer’s, with Flo and my brother Andrew present.”
Jerry Kaplan was born in the Bronx and resided in New York. He served in the U.S. Army during and after World War II. He moved to Roselle Park, N.J., in 1960 and lived there for three years before moving to Maplewood in 1963, where he remained until December 2012, when he relocated to Ocean Township.
Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University and his master’s degree in English from New York University. He was a writer, editor and teacher. In the field of education, he coauthored several elementary textbook series. His other publications included short fiction and articles that appeared in Commentary, The New York Times, The Jewish News, the News-Record and various journals.
Jerry was predeceased by his wife, Thelma, in April, 1999. He is survived by his loving sons, Michael and his wife, Norene, of Metuchen, N.J.; Andrew, of Astoria, N.Y., and Bruce and his wife, Kate Robin, of Los Angeles, Calif. Jerome was the beloved grandfather of Henry and Eve Kaplan. He is also survived by his loving companion, Flo Hauer.
A member of the Essex Ethical Culture Society, Jerry presented a Platform several years ago titled, “Confessions of a Liberal.” Among his many fine qualities, Jerry will also be missed for his good cheer and kibbitzing.
We plan to hold a memorial service which will include his son’s original musical composition for Jerry. Please watch for an email announcement to come.
A short video tribute to Jerry was put together with the help of family & friends that can be viewed here..




For Memorial information and pictures about our late
member Fred Sebstian, click here.


Information about Ill and Recovering Members

Interested in Joining our Society?

Call Barbara Cotler 973-762-5287


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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040


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 Social Action Committee Minutes

Links to other societies around the country!
April 2008 Ethical Action report
Other Ethical Action Reports, click hereand scroll down.
 Would you like to hear talks by some ethical culture leaders? Click here.
Members Coffee Schedule 2013-14 



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Babysitting can be arranged during platform
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Latest issue of the AEU publication Dialogue

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