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
Sept 11, 2015 WELCOME BACK COLLOQUY
Morris Silver on: Islam to be rescheduled
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 Socie
ty. 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.]
Oct. 2 Brenda Comissiong and E. Betty Levin, “Our Revolution: The Future of the Bernie Sanders Movement”
On August 24, 2016, Bernie Sanders announced the creation of a new organization called “Our Revolution,” described as the continuation of Bernie’s 2016 campaign for President. The new organization plans to mobilize support for the issues that defined the campaign, especially: environmental, social and economic justice.
From the “Our Revolution” website [About Our Revolution — Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure]: “Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the ‘political revolution.’ Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.”
Sanders wrote to supporters: “You should know that in the weeks since the last primary, both campaigns have worked together in good faith to bridge some of the policy issues that divided us during the election. Did we come to agreement on everything? Of course not. But we made important steps forward.”
On the progressive website, ourfuture.org, Robert Borosage [Sanders: The Struggle Continues], wrote observations from the Democratic convention’s first day: “The Glaring Omission: War, Peace and the World … Remarkably, there was virtually no mention of our global policies outside of climate change and trade from Sanders or any of the first night’s speakers. The silence reflected stark differences, not consensus. Here the gulf between Clinton’s interventionist temper and the majority of Democrats is the greatest. Here the effort to gain progress in the platform had the least success.”
Will “Our Revolution” be able to sustain the mass movement for progressive change that arose during Bernie’s campaign? A new group has formed that is supportive of Bernie’s “Our Revolution” but critical of its omission of War and Peace issues.
The speakers will discuss how they were drawn to a commitment to Bernie Sanders because his philosophy, especially with regard to education and healthcare, was consistent with their own values.
A native of Grenada, West Indies, where she was a physics teacher, Brenda Comissiong has been in the US since 1984. Brenda lives in South Orange, has been tutoring in mathematics and physics at Columbia High School and elsewhere, and is also a tennis instructor and fitness coach. Brenda earned her MS in Computer Science from Steven’s Institute of Technology; BS in Theoretical Physics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
The program will be co-led by
E. Betty Levin who has been a longtime Ethical Culture Society member, peace educator and psychotherapist. As a private practice psychotherapist for over 40 years, Betty has a broad understanding of contemporary society and tradition-anchored humanistic values, vital for a meaningful human journey. An indefatigible member of the Ethical Culture Movement almost all her adult life, Betty is also currently active in the Peace Movement.
Oct 9 Zia Durrani,“Ethics as a Religion”
The book Zia Durrani will be reviewing, “picked out of several piles put in front of us,” she tells us, “because I was intrigued by the title, Ethics as a Religion. As I read the book it answered many questions I have had for a while, and couldn’t find the words to formulate an answer: What do I believe in? Is Ethics enough?”
Ethics as a Religion, by David Saville Muzzey, traces the history and heritage of the Ethical Culture Society, and emphasizes important elements of the Ethical fellowship. And it comes to the conclusion that Ethics is a religion for adults. Dr. Muzzey accepts that there are several widely recognized religions in which the ethical factor is prominent. His quest in this book is to find “faith in the reasonableness, the timeliness, the adequacy, and the eventual triumph of the Religion of Ethics.”
Since we consider the Ethical Culture movement to be a religion, it is incumbent upon us to explain the principles on which this claim rests. This is the main thrust of the argument in the book.
ECS Board Member Zia Durrani was born and raised in Kashmir, India, where she lived until 1963. Educated in India and England, she was a teacher of English in a women’s college in Srinagar, her home town, until she married and left Kashmir to live briefly in Madras, and then moved to London. Zia came to the US in 1976, and lived in various places before coming to South Orange.
Oct 16 Laura Ingoglia,“Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow”
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the country’s only National Historic Landmark for dance, welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to experience dance each summer in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Laura Ingoglia spent two pivotal summers at the Pillow as a young dancer on scholarship in the 1960s, and she now makes it possible for talented young people to follow in her footsteps. In this presentation, she shares fascinating film excerpts and speaks about her connections to this special place.
Laura has spoken at Jacob’s Pillow donor events and luncheons and recently gave a presentation about the Pillow at the Lasalle Dance Lecture Series in Woods Hole, MA. A resident of North Caldwell, Laura spent her career in the arts. She was an editor of Worrall Community Newspapers’ Arts & Entertainment supplement and has been associated with The Arts Council of the Essex Area, Nicholas Rodriguez and Dance Compass, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Oct 23 Martha Gallahue and Amy Blake’s Education Discussion
Martha Gallahue and Amy Blake,will present a discussion about the Ethical Education Program at ESCEC.
Oct 30 Susan Rose, “Raising Ethical Children”
How do we raise ethical children and how do we keep them connected to Ethical Culture? Susan is uniquely poised to address this topic, having been a lifelong Ethical Culturist, growing up at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and having raised two children herself.
Susan is a certified Ethical Culture leader and works for the American Ethical Union as dean of Leadership Training. Susan has served in many roles in the ethical movement, including two years as president of the Essex Society.