This is the last platform address for the Society’s Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis. She will reflect on the nature of Ethical Culture Leadership, and the community will have an opportunity to say good-bye. (Jone will be available by phone and email, and in person by mutual agreement, through June 30. She will be at the AEU Assembly the week of June 23.) Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser. Annual membership meeting with board elections etc. follows the platform.
A metaphor for the leadership of an Ethical Society is the patchwork quilt. Many before have taken it up and worked on it, then laid it down for others to pick up. In this transition, too, Jone lays down the quilt she has lovingly worked on for these years we’ve spent together, and it will be up to the Society to determine how that work continues into the future.
Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward. Feel free to bring some snacks to share. On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.
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