This colloquy, facilitated by Dora Gray, Ph.D., was inspired by the document, A Humanist Manifesto, originally written in 1933 with revisions occurring in 1973 and 2003. A manifesto is a statement published by a person or group of people, in which they say what their aims and policies are. Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without the element of supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
How many dreams and visions remain dormant within us all both individually and collectively regarding the greater good of all? Isn’t it time to free those ideas and watch them manifest in a tangible manner? We embark today on a journey of high-level, lively discussions with a goal of creating viable take-aways to lead you closer to the fulfillment of your desires.
Dora Gray is a Life Coach and Reiki Master-Teacher practicing in New York City. She is an author, poet, and musician. The focus of her work is to assist others in healing mind, body and soul, leading to successful outcomes in all areas of life. She holds a Master of Education, is a former NYC educator in both public and private sectors, and, and is currently a staff writer for a major NYC agency. Dora holds a Doctor of Philosophical Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in NYC. She fuels her work with her passion for writing and music, and empowers others to live their lives in a state of authenticity. As a member of the BSEC family, she serves as Chairperson of the Ethical Living Committee, and is a member of the BSEC Writers.
A colloquy is an opportunity for sharing ideas and listening to others. Come join us and feel free to participate!
Watch Lily Rivkin’s compelling documentary “Heather Booth: Changing the World ” about this Chicagoan’s lifelong social activism. Reflect on the personal, cultural and community-changing paths we each have taken in this world. Consider reading our founding EC Leader’s powerful short book, Our Part in the World.
After the film, we will have a short time for reflection and conversation.
Enhanced Discussion is entering another cycle of talks and exposures around and on the issue of race/racism here and in select other places. For your calendar, please mark these dates (more details coming soon):
- July 11 – Struggles that Impacted: Colonialism Fought
- August 8 – Journeys Abroad: Beverly Rohlehr’s Flight and Road Trips to Guyana and Haiti
- September 12 – Getting the “Civil Rights Movement” Straight with Dorothy Zellner, Phyllis Cunningham and Muriel Tillinghast
- October 10 – TBA
- November 14 – Looking Right at the Right: USA and Abroad
This month, we’ll be focusing our ethical thoughts on vision. Repair, repentance, and renewal are part of the practice of intentional imagination and commitment to an envisioned future. This week opens our new program season for our Ethical Community, and this platform is an excellent time to bring a friend who might be interested in who and what we are.
Any vision for the future also needs to include a vision for how we will express our repentance for the errors we’ve made in the past, for the hurt we’ve caused, for the damage we’ve done. And then for how we will repair the hurt and damage, and move on to renewal. We can apply that principle in our personal relationships, and we can apply it to the larger picture. If we share a vision of every person’s human worth being honored, then seeing what that has not happened and repairing is part of getting to that future we envision.
Jone Johnson Lewis looks at some practical ways we can embody repair, repentance, and renewal in our ethical practice of vision.
Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.
On this Sunday, at 1 pm we’ll have a special celebration of one of our oldest members. All are invited.