A Chinese proverb reminded us: Patience is power: with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk.
Very different in some of our communities, therefore we tend to view racism through a lens of less patience without power.
Join us for a candid discussion on topics of patience and racism and on how and what to do for a more just/equable society.
Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.
The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.
The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.
We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World
Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more
Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on an uncomfortable reality of ethics: that we can, as the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius pointed out, commit injustice by doing nothing. The excuse that “I didn’t do anything!” does not take into account that inaction that allows people to act in hurtful ways makes the world more unjust — and thus is itself an unjust choice.
Our inactions — from ignoring bullies to deciding not to vote — do have impacts on the world. Often, we think we are not choosing, but we can usually find a choice not to pay attention or not to challenge what is possible, behind any inaction. And sometimes, not acting may be the more ethical choice. But it is a choice.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” – Elie Wiesel
Our Sunday platform meetings begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards. Feel free to bring some snacks to share. Check the calendar for other Sunday events on most Sundays, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Our Ethics Matters theme for January is Choice – The practice of making and acting on wise choices; opening up new options to choose from.