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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: 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, Interim Leader;   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
Today is     Updated 7-25-14 

We're now on Facebook!      And Twitter too!

Next Platform:
Sunday, September 7, 2014

But there is still a lot happening--
See Upcoming Events. 

 

Organic Vegetables

 

 

Did You Know that Our Ethical Culture Society is the site for organic vegetable pickups? And you can participate-- vegetables every week, straight from Farmer Margaret Noon of School Lunch Organic Farm in Hackettstown! See School Lunch Farm on Facebook! The program is June 24 through November 14, 2014. Pick up is Tuesdays, 2 to 6 pm.

More info here:
Video about School Lunch Farm --
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsk6Mo9xM-k&feature=youtu.be
8/15/13 article about School Lunch Farm Bergen Daily Record:
http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20130815/GRASSROOTS/308150004/?nclick_check=1
Contact Farmer Margaret at 908-451-0051 or margaretmnoon@gmail.com with any questions.
 
Bob and Patty Bender and Peter Seeger

Member Memorials

Peace Center Page!

Joe Chuman's New Book

 

 

Next Platform: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Take a Look at the 2013-14 Past Platforms

 

 

 

Note change of date: NEXT SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING:

Sunday, October 5, 2014
After Platform

Social Action Minutes

Social Action Committee Art Supplies
Collection for Valley Settlement House Now Ending

 

Full Platform Schedule 2013-14

 

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Upcoming Events at Ethical   

Calendar   

Social Service Opportunities

Action Opportunities around the Area

News and Platform Follow-ups

Coffee Schedule for 2013- 14

Social Action Committee Minutes 7-22-14

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 Somore.org page)


Fall Issue of , the publication
of the American Ethical Union

 

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

 

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

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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 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.

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 Platform with
Zia Durrani and Betty Levin
War and Peace
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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

 

 


 

June 2014

Social Action meeting Sunday June 1, 2014.

Social Action Minutes

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Folk Friday
In the Spirit of Pete Seeger


June 13, 2014

Second Fridays of month (October - June)
Ethical Culture Society
516 Prospect St
Maplewood, NJ 07040
7:30 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

Everyone is invited!

 

 

 

 

 

FOR SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

June 21
A special 3rd Saturday Arts program
E. Betty Levin: Peace Advocate Extraordinaire

E. Betty Levin, Millburn psychotherapist and Peace Advocate, will read from her memoirs and discuss her new found role of Peace Advocate from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21st at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, for a special 3rd Saturday Arts program.

Having passed the 85-year milestone and actively pursuing the role of Peace Advocate — giving presentations as far away as California — while writing her memoirs and continuing her professional career as psychotherapist, Betty is indeed an extraordinary human being.

Coming out of retirement, 3rd Saturday Arts coordinator, Hilding "Gus" Lindquist, remarked, “It's and honor and privilege to host this special 3rd Saturday Arts program for Betty.”

 


July 2014

 

Saturday, July 12 1:00 PM

Important Potluck and Discussion

Transition for Essex Ethical!

 

 


 

 

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
7:00 PM

Social Action Minutes


 

August 2014

 

 


 

September 2014

 

First Platform! Sunday September 7, 2014!!


 

First SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING will be:

Sunday, October 5, 2014
After Platform

Social Action Minutes


 

 

September 20, 2014
(Rescheduled from June)
A special 3rd Saturday Arts program
E. Betty Levin: Peace Advocate Extraordinaire

E. Betty Levin, Millburn psychotherapist and Peace Advocate, will read from her memoirs and discuss her new found role of Peace Advocate from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21st at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, for a special 3rd Saturday Arts program.

Having passed the 85-year milestone and actively pursuing the role of Peace Advocate — giving presentations as far away as California — while writing her memoirs and continuing her professional career as psychotherapist, Betty is indeed an extraordinary human being.

Coming out of retirement, 3rd Saturday Arts coordinator, Hilding "Gus" Lindquist, remarked, “It's and honor and privilege to host this special 3rd Saturday Arts program for Betty.”

 


October 2014

 

First SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING will be:

Sunday, October 5, 2014
After Platform

Social Action Minutes

 

 


 

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 Somore.org 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!

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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

 

VIMEOS!!
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

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

 

 

 



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