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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County

Today is    Updated 1-18-17

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: Morris Silver, President;   Zia Durrani, Vice-President; Jeanine Rosh, Treasurer;
Esther Barcun; Diane Beeny; Barbara Cotler; Elaine Durbach-Norstein; William Graves; Jaqueline Herships
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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Folk Fridays -- Events This Month -- Last Year's Programs

Current Newsletter -- This Week's Sunday Morning Program



Recent Photos!


Meredith Sue Willis and Abby Cotler along with Patricia Canning received the Beloved Community Award of the South Orange Civic Organization on Sunday January 8, 2017. Photo by Andy Weinberger.

Martha Gallahue at event with the United Nations Secretary-General to commemorate the Paris Agreement entering into force on 4 November 2016. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shakes Martha Gallahue's hand in Conference Room 8 of the Secretariat Building at the UN, on November 4th during a celebration for the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement. She was one of 50 civil society guests invited to the event because of her work at the UN raising the urgency of climate change. [UN Photo by Rick Bajornas]

12-18-16 Zia Durrani and Abdul Mubarak-Rowe


                 Sarah Price, Speaker 12-4-16                                  GIft Candles for everyone at the Celebrations platform on 12-11-16



Pants Suit Drive!

A South Orange Mother-Daugher pair is collecting
women's pants suits:  See article with more information !



Gloria Torrice lives with her daughter Liana, who reports that Gloria would love visitors (just over in West Orange). Liana is also interested in organizing a brunch or other event that brings folks from Ethical to visit with Gloria.

Please call or text Liana at 973-324-1658.


Friends in the News!

Ethical Culture friend and frequent visitor Affraz Mohammed is one of several Muslim Marine vets profiled by NBC news's Lester Holt. Click to read the article.



January 22, 2017

Amy Blake and Martha Gallahue, “Family Education Program”


Please join us as we examine Sameness and Difference. How does this pair of opposites play into everything we do?

May we be the same and different at the same time?


These will be topics for all ages. Grown-ups will be in the main meeting room with children right across the hall with Master Teacher Amy Blake.


Children: please bring a clean washed apple for exploration!

The Educational Initiative is for all generations. Bring a family member or friend. Deeper thinking will help move our world in a better direction.

Family Education Program:

Sameness and Difference



Social Action Meeting
Sunday, February 5, 2017
immediately after platform!

See Social Action Committee Minutes




Dear Members and Friends,
     We are saddened by the death of Dick Bohn, longtime member of the Ethical Culture Society. Dick passed away October 1, 2016, after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  Condolences and shared memories can be sent to Nancy (who is with their daughter in Minneapolis) at dnbohn@comcast.net. See his obituary here.


Joan Mendelson information


Folk Friday at Ethical
Sing-along & jam!!



Something new and interesting called Brand New Congress.
Take a look at some Youtube clips explaining it:
Zack Exley and MSNBC.


We Made Stone Soup with Families for Ethical Education on 9-25-16!


What's Happening This Month at Ethical!
Past Newsletters     
Past Year Program Schedules
Interested in Joining the Ethical Society? Click here!
Dialogue-- the American Ethical Union's Newsletter
AEU Ethical Action Report
Our Society By Laws
Notes about Members, Obituaries, etc.






Next Social Action Committee meeting
immediately after the program Sunday, February 5, 2017

Minutes of the last Social Action Committee Meeting




Local Hero Award

The Social Action Committee's 2016 Local Hero Award
was presented May 22, 2016 to Widney Brown




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, for 2015, was Susan Barry, a long time language arts teacher at Maplewood Middle School who organized a Model UN that is accessible to all types of students.

Our Local Hero Honoree for 2016 is Widney Brown. We are honoring her leadership at Physicians for Human Rights; her support of our Essex Ethical Culture Society; and her efforts to spread good will and respect for gender differences in her neighborhood. She will be accepting the honor on Sunday, May 22.

Widney Brown is the Director of Programs, New York, for Physicians for Human Rights. She oversees PHR's research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects. Prior to joining PHR, she served as the senior director for international law and policy at Amnesty International's Secretariat in London. She was responsible for Amnesty International's strategic litigation program, standard-setting initiatives, international justice program, advocacy in global and regional intergovernmental settings, and policy development. Before Amnesty International, she worked at Human Rights Watch for nine years during which time she served in a variety of roles, including as deputy program director, where she was responsible for overseeing the work of both regional and thematic programs.

Locally, she has spoken for us at the Ethical Culture Society. She also has, in her own backyard in Maplewood, quietly supported and eased the coming out of young people, and has spread good will to the children who attend a Jewish Day Care Center near her home, explaining gender issues in a way they can understand. We honor her both for her engaged, neighborly presence in our community, and for her work for all of us at the national and international level.



Last year's Local Hero was Susan Barry

Susan Barry & Friends 6-7-15

Susan Barry retired from Maplewood Middle School, but is still working on the Model UN Program with the Students there. Learn about their UN trip in April 2016.




Joys and Sorrows in Our Community



Joan Mendelson is at Genesis Healthcare, Maple Glen, Room 300, 1215 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410. She is about the same, but enjoys visitors.


Leader Emerita Boe Meyerson is convalescing at  Care One at the Cupola (Room 239) at 100 West Ridgewood Road, Paramus, NJ 07652. Her brother reports that she is getting medical attention and social interaction. 



A memorial service was held for Anja Moen on 
September 26
, 2015 at the Maplewood Club starting at 5:30 pm.
489 Ridgewood Road.

See obituary 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.




Jerry Kaplan: click on Members.html#jerrykaplan


Current Newsletter

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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??

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


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







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





September 2016


  • September 24, 1-4 pm: Theresa Pettersen-Chu: Come Home to Yourself- In this 3-hour experiential workshop Pettersen-Chu, certified Rubenfeld Synergist, will guide tyou to deeply listen to your body and translate its messages using a combination of touch, talk and guided imagery. Cost: $35.

  • September 25, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen at Grove Park in South Orange (corner of South Orange Avenue and Grove Street). If it rains, the class will take place at Ethical.

  • September 25, 11 am: Family Colloquy on Education: Community Event Featuring Stone Soup- We invite all those interested in getting to know us and all members and friends to come to our Stone Soup Event. Please bring one vegetable, cut and washed, to go in the soup.

  • Chair Yoga Tuesdays at 11:00 A.M.

  • Tai Chi Chuan Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m.

  • September 27, 11 am: Chair Yoga




Every Tuesday, 11 am: Chair Yoga












October 2016




October 14, 2016

Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam

(In Memory of Fred Hellerman)

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!

October 23: The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County's longtime member E. Betty Levin will read excerpts from her recently published memoir, Becoming Betty, on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2 pm, at Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood.  
October 30, 11 am: Susan Rose: Raising Ethical Children- How do we raise ethical children and how do we keep them connected to Ethical Culture?
12 pm: Pot-Luck Lunch- After the presentation Susan will lead a group conversation on ethical parenting over a pot-luck lunch. All are welcome to attend. Contributions of additional dishes will be gladly welcomed to expand on the regular refreshments -- snacks, salads, cheese, cooked dishes, desserts - and beverages, whatever you choose.
October 30, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen at Grove Park in South Orange (corner of South Orange Avenue and Grove Street). If it rains, the class will take place at Ethical.

November 2016


Nov. 27, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

Nov. 29, 11 am: Chair Yoga

Through November 30: The Social Action Committee is collecting writing packages for immigrant detainees so they can stay in touch with their families. Stick pens, 2 pocket folders, small writing paper, size 10 and 6 envelopes, assorted greeting cards, blank note cards, forever stamps, blank colored paper, monetary donations for phone cards, and notes of encouragement.

Through Mid-December: Robert Freese’s exhibition of Presidential Shadow Boxes will be on display throughout the Society.






December 2016


Social Action Committee December 4, 2016
Immediately after proogram




Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam

December 9, 2016



January 2017



Sunday, Jan. 8, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

Sunday, January 8, 2016 Social Action Committee
Immediately after program

Jan. 10, 11 am: Chair Yoga

Jan. 11, 1 pm: Executive Board Meeting



Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam

January 13, 2016

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

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!




Jan. 15, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

Jan. 17, 11 am: Chair Yoga




January 22: What Slavery Looks Like Today and How
Local Communities Can Help End it

A Conversation with Kevin Bales, Moderated by Anisa Mehdi

Sunday January 22
2 - 4

Wyoming Presbyterian Church

3432 Wyoming Avenue

Millburn, NJ 07041



Through March 2017: Winter Coat Collection sponsored by the Social Action Committee- Please bring your donations of clean coats, jackets, and sweaters to the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor. These will be distributed through Valley Settlement House.

Through May 2017: The Social Action Committee is collecting cooking oil, olive oil, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for Syrian refugee families in Elizabeth, NJ. Donations must be unopened, and these are the only things we can accept. Please leave in the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor.

More Collections:

Food BankPlease remember to bring canned or boxed food items for the food pantry box in our front hall. Donations go to the New Jersey Food Bank.

Children’s BooksWe accept children’s books to be donated to the Parenting Center for children of need. Please contact the office at 973-763-1905.





The Leader's Page

Social Action Committee Minutes

Links to Other Ethical Societies Around the Nation!

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






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


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Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, call 973-763-1905
The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040


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Links to other societies around the country!
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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
Past Programs
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