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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.