The Power of Purpose with Jone Johnson Lewis

When Alice in Wonderland asks the Cheshire Cat which way she should take, the cat says, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Yogi Berra’s version: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.” One of the most ancient of human books says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Purposes can be grand or petty and can lead to horrific acts or noble ones. What is “noble” to us? So conscious setting of a purpose, a direction, is important. On an individual level, purpose can also give life a sense of meaning. Jone Johnson Lewis, former Interim Clergy Leader, asks: What is your purpose? What is this community’s purpose? What do we do in a community when we don’t completely agree on the purpose?

Jone Johnson Lewis has been an Ethical Culture Leader since 1991.  She served as Interim Clergy Leader at BSEC until 2019. She is currently offering community support through workshops and writing, including at Community Matters | Substack and Circles of Humanity: Being Human Together: a guide for community-building circles.

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Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
269 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215
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May 19 2024


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Sunday Platform

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