The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
Programs each Sunday at 11:00 AM
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040
Corner of Parker and Prospect
At this time when there is so much in the news about Islam and its followers, we have a chance to learn more. Dr. Morris Silver, the new president of our Ethical Society, explained how he became interested in Islam and about his focus on Muhammad. He said, "Twenty years ago I had the chance to read the Quran, so I began to learn more about the history of Islam and how Muhammad was able to convert Arabia to Islam." He continued, "In world history once in a while a single individual comes along who, with his forward vision and stubborn determination and persistence against all odds, is determined to change history in a way that will affect the rest of the world forever. Such people were Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Socrates, Confucius, Hertzl — and Muhammad. It happens at certain turning times in history, when the world is waiting for such a change.
Dr. Silver is a longtime member of the Ethical Culture Society. He says, " I am a dentist as my profession but an ethical culturist as a full time job. I am married to Ruth and I have three adult children from a previous marriage. I travel a lot, I am a reader and love life.
Sept 18 Martha Gallahue: International Peace Day
Martha Gallahue will offer an update on the Campaign for a Culture of Peace at theUN and at the Ethical Society. She will share what approaches are bipartisan in our polarized world. She will also make note of the extreme danger both journalists and NGOs face in the growing climate of radicalization. She will invite conversation with those in attendance as to our part in the promotion of a culture of peace.
Martha is in her 20th year of NGO representation at the UN through National Ethical Service and now United Religions Initiative. She is both an Alumna of National Peace Academy and (by special invitation) of the Seminar Series sponsored by the Army War College in Carlysle, PA.
Sept 25 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 from 11am to 12:30pm. Please bring one vegetable cut and washed to go into the soup. This event will include a reading with conversation about the story. In addition to story, there will be singing and crafts as we make the soup to be shared. We want to thank all those children who have heard about stone soup before and ask that they bring their parents to participate.
The fourth Sunday of every month will be dedicated to all parents with their children who are interested in the growth of the ethical education initiative in the Society. We welcome all members and friends in the Society who are also interested in this initiative. We will begin with some brief description of the ethical culture movement as it works today with special focus on ethical education in different Societies in the movement. We hope to hear from these parents and encourage their active participation in the development of this initiative. Our Curriculum Director and long time teacher in the Hartshorne School in Millburn, Amy Blake, will conduct classes with the children. Rosy Evans, Outreach Coordinator for the initiative and or Martha Gallahue, former Leader with ECSEC, will co-facilitate these sessions. [There will be activities for children in classrooms during the Program for Families in the meeting room.]