When the Unexpected Flowers

Late one December evening (as I worked desperately to get the Board agenda together and out), I stopped for a moment to look at the sumptuous pages of a book on gardens recently designed by a good friend (Exploring Gardens & Green Spaces: From Connecticut to the Delaware Valley, Magda Salvesen, Norton, 2011). In its front […]

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The First Universal Races Congress of 1911

The following article written by Emil Volcheck, BES Secretary has been reprinted from the Fall 2011 AEU Dialogue. One hundred years ago, the First Universal Races Congress was held at the University of London. The Congress met July 26-29, 1911, and was called to focus attention on the problems of relations between nations and races […]

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December Ethical Inspiration

The start of winter…bare trees…dark evenings. This is the time of the year we need to remember the potential of rebirth. It helps us get to springtime. As a teacher, before becoming an Ethical Culture Leader, I sensed rebirth with each new group of students. They reminded me of passing time and future promise. In […]

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Together We Can Make a Difference

Arnold Fishman spoke to the society about how he discovered Ethical Culture and how it has become an important part of his life.  He compares and contrasts Ethical Culture with mainstream religion and with secular humanism.  (October 16, 2011)  Listen to the podcast.

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The Rainbow Root of Ethical Piety

Physicist and theologian Theodoric of Freiburg is credited as the first to use scientific method in experimentation properly in western Europe. His fourteenth century achievement, in part drawing on geometry, contributed to knowledge of reflection and refraction in the formation of rainbows. Freiburg’s achievement was highlighted in our October installment on faith, reason, and the […]

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November Ethical Inspiration

Perhaps the first real sunshine after a month of rain helped, but Thursday, October 6, inspired me with peace in three flavors. As I prepared for my talk “Peace from the Inside Out,” my day began by rehearsing “Blowing in the Wind” and “Down By the Riverside” with Carolyn Brown. If you know Carolyn already, […]

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African Migration to the US in Recent Times

Dr. Badru addressed the society on the topic of African migration and economic development.  Badru is a Professor and Acting Chair of Africana Studies at UMBC.  He described four waves of African migration, which arose from different causes at different times, including slavery, political persecution and economic hardship.  He considered how western colonial powers promoted […]

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Why Rabbits?

When I tell people I have pet rabbits, sometimes the reaction is disappointingly dismissive. Rabbits are unintelligent. They don’t do anything but sit in a cage, eat, and poop. When people learn, also, that I am an active member of the House Rabbit Society (HRS), their incredulity rises still further.

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October Ethical Inspiration

The thing about inspiration is that you can’t often choose when or where it strikes. So you’ll have to forgive me for sharing with you inspiration that – like last month – came from watching my children. This time it was watching my youngest son Justin run in his first cross country meet of the […]

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A Modest, Enduring Legacy

Belva and I are using money we were given by members of the Baltimore Ethical Society when I retired to create a professional video of some of my most popular children’s stories and to publish several books containing my poetry and my Ethical Culture talks. This summer I accomplished the first of these “retirement” goals. […]

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