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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
What did I do on my summer vacation? I experienced an existential moment as I surveyed a zip-line over Mexico’s Copper Canyon that would soon hold my children 1000 feet above the rocks. They were thrilled. I was terrified. Escaping into philosophic daydreaming, I recalled our July discussion at the Ethical Society about The Little […]
BES is making a strong commitment to revitalizing its Sunday School program for the coming year. In May, Linda Joy Burke, a well-known published poet and writer, was brought on board as a “guest” Sunday School teacher. She was so enthusiastic and effective that Kirk Mullen, then Sunday School Committee chair, proposed that the Board […]
Many thanks to Ellen Dinerman and Jim Perdue for hosting the joint North Virginia Ethical Society/Baltimore Ethical Society summer platform. Thanks also to North Virginia Leader Jone Johnson Lewis for spending some of her vacation time planning and delivering her platform. The event was a wonderful opportunity to get to know our fellow Ethical Culturists […]
Small Ethical Societies often are stretched thin regarding volunteer manpower. Although this strain is due in part ecause of their size, there is another reason. It is this: those who are drawn to Ethical Societies are often people already very engaged in the world, committed to making a difference, and, as a result, quite busy!
by Leader Hugh Taft-Morales The theme of my May 1 platform on “Leadership” was that we all have the potential – in our own unique way – to be leaders. I then asked, “How does a community where everyone is a leader keep chaos at bay?” I mean if a parade was made up of nothing more than drum majors, wouldn’t […]
On January 13 of this year, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) denied a Clean Water Act permit for the largest-ever proposed mountaintop removal coalmine in Appalachia. Although the U. S. Corps of Engineers had already approved the permit for Spruce Mine in Logan County, WV, the EPA acted in time to protect our environment.