One of the many subtle myths of American history is to ignore not only the persistence of racism in America, but also the continuity of racial justice activism, instead highlighting a few periods (abolition, the civil rights era of the 60s, for example) and failing to see the connections between them.
In between, activism continues, though either out of the public eye or, like the anti-lynching crusade and the Niagara Movement, largely forgotten except in families who have kept the commitment alive. Mothers and fathers have passed on their activism through both literal and institutional families. Another continuity: both trust and tensions between generations, and between Black and white activists. Ethical Culture has, as one example, been a home for anti-racist work in many periods of our history.
Each time there are major advances in racial justice, there is a major backlash reinforcing racism. But even in those tough periods, the tradition is passed on.
Many of our Ethical Culture figures from Felix Adler on have been involved in anti-racism work. A few, such as David Muzzey with his participation in the white-washing of the Reconstruction era, have helped enable backlashes. We have been a mixture of reliable and unreliable.
Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the reliability and unreliability of racial justice in America, and what it means for those of us today committed to anti-racist work.
Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.
Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards. Feel free to bring some snacks to share.
Our Ethics Matters theme for February is Trust: the practice of being reliable and relying on ourselves and others.
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
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