May Day, also known as International Workers Day, is officially May 1st. This year, in Maryland, it came a few days later. But then the millions of Americans who work for low wages have always had to wait for victories.
The 99th Assembly of the American Ethical Union took place in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago, from May 1 to 4. This is the annual gathering of ethical societies, where we meet to share ideas, gain energy, and advance the Ethical Culture Movement.
This month I want to share more existential reflections about change, a deeply paradoxical experience. In so many ways, it’s what we most strive for. Change allows for new experiences, dynamic growth, and flourishing life.
Back in January, BES member Janey Solwold made a passing reference to our society as the “Baltimore Ethical Center” in a pledge committee email. Her phrase resonated with me. BES is becoming a center of ethical activity in our city that goes beyond just our society.
Can a commercial television program treat science properly and uphold the legacy of Carl Sagan? Apparently, it can, at least judging by the initial entry in the Cosmos relaunch, which aired March 9 on Fox and the next day on the National Geographic Channel.
Good things sometimes require money. So, isn’t it time we begin understanding that money is not a dirty word? You will be receiving more information about what is necessary to keep BES flourishing. If you believe in our mission, in our deeds, and in our community, this is your opportunity to express your values by supporting our shared work with a generous pledge.
Nelson Mandela passed away in December, leaving a legacy that will teach and inspire Humanists for generations. I did not realize just how much Mandela’s vision reflects Humanism and Ethical Culture values until I heard a talk this past October by Ebrahim Rasool, the Ambassador of South Africa to the United States.
One of the best gifts to yourself is a healthy dose of gratitude. I am not talking about gratitude that others show you, although that is a very nice present to receive! I am speaking of the gratitude you express to others,…or to the planet, or to your pet, or just about anything. Studies have shown that feeling and expressing gratitude contributes to your mental and physical health.
Our upcoming pledge drive will honor our commitment for last year and “pay it forward” for next year. The first pledge honors the commitment we made for the 2013–2014 fiscal year budget. The second pledge will help us make a sound decision when we approve our budget for the 2014–2015 fiscal year. This means asking all of us to plan further ahead than usual, but I’m confident we will succeed.
Most of you know that while you see me at work in Baltimore, I live inside the Washington, D.C. beltway. As a result I felt the impact of the federal government shutdown in a number of very concrete ways. To begin with, my wife Maureen was furloughed. An analyst for the Library of Congress, she was sent home as “non-essential.”