Did you know that we perform weddings, baby namings
and other humanist ceremonies? Call 973-763-1905

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County


Today is     Updated 8-31-15

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
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First Sunday Morning Program is Sunday, September 13, 2015!


September 13, 2015

Nkosi Anderson

Ethical Dimensions of Christianity



Members Coffee Calendar Now Available
as a Docx file:  Click here



There was a beautiful celebration of the life of Gus Lindquist, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3 pm, -- with a program scripted by Gus himself! Read the op-ed piece by Gus   published the day he died, June 18, 2015.




 Ethical Education News:

At its July meeting, the Board of Directors of the Ethical CultureSociety of Essex County hired educator Amy Blake as Ethical Education Director .of ESCES. Learn about her and the upcoming program at the September 27 program.



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.


Sunday, October 4, 2015
after the morning program.

Coffee Schedule for 2015-16





This Week's Program

What's Happening This Month at Ethical!


Past Newsletters      Current Newsletter   


Past Program Schedules


Interested in Joining the Ethical Society? Click here!

Follow Up and Updates for Past Programs:


    Dialogue-- the American Ethical Union's Newsletter

Society By Laws



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







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   


Member Memorials

Peace Center Page!



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



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



Recently on Display at the Society Building: Work by Florence Weisz




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.


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







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









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



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?

Call Barbara Cotler 973-762-5287


Small weddings, Bar and Bat mitzvahs,
Graduation parties, etc.  Call 973-763-1905


For more informaton about the
Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, call 973-763-1905
The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040


Employee Legal Notice: Click here for Mandatory Notice from the
New Jersey Department of Labor and
Workforce Development for All Employees

Special Thanks to our friends at Tech-9 Multimedia

 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 



How to Join



We're in the news!   


Leader's Page


Who We Are
Rent Space in Our Building
Babysitting can be arranged during Program
if you call 973-763-1905 two days in advance.


Information for Members
Special for Members: By-Laws
The American Ethical Union
Ethical Society Without Walls
Latest issue of the AEU publication Dialogue

Past Programs
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