400 Years Blog #3 – Gifts from Africa’s Past

Who can truly explain the African roots of millions of Americans? For centuries manipulative portrayal of these roots was a tool of white supremacy. While arguing that “benevolent” slavery lifted “savages” up out of the “dark continent,” whites ignored, appropriated, and distorted truth. Being white, I write this blog both in acknowledgement of this truth […]

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400 Years – Blog #2: Before the Mayflower

400 Years Blog #2 – Before the Mayflower As part of 400 Years I am hosting monthly book discussions about slavery and it’s legacy. We begin with Lerone Bennett Jr.’s Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America that chronicles evolving forms of racial oppression. Many might feel overwhelmed by the book. It’s a study […]

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400 Years Blog #1 – What’s this all about?

I am not an expert, but that’s partially my point. In launching this project marking the 400th anniversary of the first Africans brought against their will to English American colonies, I know I will get things wrong.

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Gratitude and Sadness

On Saturday, July 15, of last year, Michelle Basemen (63) passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Fall Festival and the PoetTree

A few times a year our Sunday meetings include a lot more movement, laughter, songs, and sharing than usual. November 11th was one of those times, as together we focused on autumn, family, and gratitude.

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Thinking Revolution

While the 2018 midterm elections gave progressives some hope, we continue to struggle with the hate, fear, bigotry and xenophobia on display in U. S. politics. For a few years these dark forces have been rumbling openly. Why? Because hate, fear, bigotry and xenophobia are politically powerful tools.

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Climate Change and the Loss of Cultures

Last month the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change warned that climate change will threaten our lives sooner than previously thought. It made me wonder again, why are developed nations pushing consumerism to the point of threatening our existence? I think we need to look to indigenous cultures to learn better ways to live, but these very cultures are being wiped out by modernity. 

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HumanLight 2017

On Saturday, December 23, we joined together to celebrate HumanLight with the Baltimore Coalition of Reason.

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Lane Berk

Lane Berk: A Tiny Colossus

There is no way to contain the multitudes of Lane Berk, the longtime Baltimore Ethical Society member who died on November 7, in a few hundred words. So I will try to leave some impressions.

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AEU Assembly to be Held in Baltimore

Come learn about growing our local Ethical Societies and effective ways of confronting systemic racism through the distinguishing characteristic of Ethical Culture: the nurturing of ethical relationships and conversations that lead to action.

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