May Ethical Inspiration

I was away from the Baltimore Ethical Society April 15-17 involved in my final year as Director of the Washington Ethical Society Coming-of-Age program. That weekend, in the mountains northwest of Frederick, Maryland, I was challenged and inspired. On this occasion, the challenge came from nature. While nine teenagers for whom I was responsible spent a solo night alone scattered over a […]

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Hairnets, Aprons, and Rubber Gloves: Suiting up at Moveable Feast

When the five BES members arrived at Moveable Treats on April 14, we were greeted by Tom Patrick, the amiable Volunteer Coordinator. He offered an engaging overview of this remarkable organization. Although BES has been providing desserts for Moveable Treats for years, some of our members don’t know a whole lot about it.

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April Ethical Inspiration

As I was standing in a prayer circle with about 25 other members of the clergy, I wondered how well I would do swimming in these theistic seas. I was called to Ethical Culture Leadership as a second career despite my skepticism about traditional religions. I was drawn by both the aching need in the world all around us, and a yearning […]

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April Ethical Action Spotlight

Spring is here, and so is a great opportunity for BES members to support an innovative new movement with the potential to transform Baltimore: Urban Farming. When we arrived at Real Food Farms in Clifton Park the sun was bright and the wind brisk. The scent of damp earth filled the air. Lisa Alderson, my wife […]

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The War on Drugs — Unintended Consequences

Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, delivered a platform address titled “The War on Drugs — Unintended Consequences” on April 3, 2011.  Continue to read a description of his talk and to listen to a podcast.

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March Ethical Inspiration

Recently I have drawn ethical inspiration from the dedication and joy of advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals here in Maryland. Galvanized by two bills being considered by the Maryland legislature – one on marriage equality and the other on sexual orientation non-discrimination – activists and average citizens are […]

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In Defense of Death with Dignity

I did not think about my death very much until my mother unexpectedly died when I was fifteen. It was a tremendous shock and brought a painful awareness of the reality of life.

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February Ethical Inspiration

Upon hearing about the theory of evolution, the wife of the Bishop of Worcester said, “Let us hope it is not true, but if it is, let us pray that it does not become generally known.” Well, as far as I am concerned, even today it is not well known enough. So I shout, “Happy Darwin Day!!!” And what are you doing to celebrate? Have you strung the gorilla garlands around the fireplace? Cooked your primordial pea stew? Brought donated copies of Origins of the Species down to the local school library?

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New York Society for Ethical Culture Building Rededication

After three days attending the National Leaders Council meeting in New Jersey, I was honored to join over 350 people for the rededication of the home of the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC). Designed by Art Nouveau style pioneer architect Robert Kohn, a life-long member of NYSEC, the building was completed in 1910.

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Writing Our History

A major project of Rosemary Klein’s presidency is the writing of a history of The Baltimore Ethical Society, a project inspired by the September platform address by Antero Pietila, author of the book “Not in My Neighborhood.” As one of the senior members of BES, I was asked by Rosemary if I would serve as the “gathering point” for putting such […]

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