BES Joins Marriage Equality Coalition

Governor O’Malley signed into law “The Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012,” which extends to all couples the right to obtain a marriage license.  This law is being challenged with a ballot initiative in the November election.  In July, the Baltimore Ethical Society took an official position in favor of marriage equality and joined the […]

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STEM Stories That Few Cover

Frank McCoy, Editor, Writer, Web Producer Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge and skills are vital to the success of today’s students. McCoy — being one of the few journalists with experience in mainstream business publications writing about STEM issues — recently has written, edited, and produced hundreds of articles on minority leaders with […]

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Organizations for Youth Opportunity

BES Joins OYO Consortium

by Karen Helm, BES Board Member BES members voted this August to join a consortium – Organizations for Youth Opportunity (OYO) – whose aim is reallocation of roughly 70 million capital budget dollars directed at building a new youth jail. OYO proposes that funding be redirected, primarily toward programs proven to have better recidivism and […]

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Activity Builds Community

It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as president of our society. I appreciate the opportunity and will do my best to help our community to thrive. This summer, BES has launched new initiatives and expanded the kinds of events we host. The Ethical Action Committee garnered member support for two social justice initiatives: […]

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Reporting on Baltimore CoR

The Baltimore Ethical Society is one of nine member organizations that make up the Baltimore Coalition of Reason (CoR). CoR builds community among humanists, atheists, and freethinkers and raises public awareness that people can be good, compassionate, and ethical without believing in a god. BES benefits from participating in the Coalition because it increases visibility […]

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Reflections on Existentialism

by Katherine “Kate” LaClair, BES member Listening to Hugh’s talk on Existentialism [in April] gave us all a lot to think about. Sometimes the knowledge that I will be removed from all that I love is unbearable, and I struggle with finding ways to be fully at peace with the reality of death. These thoughts […]

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For Country, Sans God: Humanism and Religious Hegemony in the Military

Ryan M. Jean, Captain, U.S. Army Reserve May 20, 2012 Pro Deo et Patria [for God and Country]? Since the earliest days of the republic, the Constitution’s First Amendment has furnished a source of endless debate regarding religious intermingling in government affairs. Nowhere does this result in a sharper point of contention than in the […]

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Clean, Evident, & Common as Mud

“The work of the world is common as mud.” That statement rings so true, as though it’s been often heard. Probably it’s applicable in many venues but, given the column’s parameters, I’ll consider it from the BES context alone. A happiness, a belonging, an intelligence are among the qualities to be found in BES work. […]

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Ethical Culture in the Humanist Landscape

On March 24, amongst the 10,000 people at the Reason Rally down on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. were over a dozen Baltimore Ethical Society members and friends. They included members Lisa Alderson, Kati LaClair, Ken Brenneman and his son Matthew, Brian England, Ron Solomon, Mav Vaughan, Emil Volcheck, Kathleen Wilsbach, Diana and Bob […]

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Anniversary Banquet

The Baltimore Ethical Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a banquet on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Four speakers addressed the society that evening. The speeches of three are offered here as a podcast.  First, Michael Franch, past Leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society and current associate minister at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.  Second, Dale […]

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