After 25 years of teaching I will admit that having a different routine in the summer is important to me. It’s not that I spend most of the summer doing nothing – a persistent myth that bothers hard-working teachers.
BES has an opportunity to grow our space, but with this opportunity comes a challenge for our society. BES accepted an offer to rent the old Floura Teeter space at a favorable rate on a month-to-month basis. The Board funded this for a trial period of three months starting August 15th.
The background to this tale is that I was invited to be Keynote Speaker to the plenary session of the 2013 meeting of the International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment, which was held in Beijing.
May Day, also known as International Workers Day, is officially May 1st. This year, in Maryland, it came a few days later. But then the millions of Americans who work for low wages have always had to wait for victories.
The 99th Assembly of the American Ethical Union took place in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago, from May 1 to 4. This is the annual gathering of ethical societies, where we meet to share ideas, gain energy, and advance the Ethical Culture Movement.
This month I want to share more existential reflections about change, a deeply paradoxical experience. In so many ways, it’s what we most strive for. Change allows for new experiences, dynamic growth, and flourishing life.
Back in January, BES member Janey Solwold made a passing reference to our society as the “Baltimore Ethical Center” in a pledge committee email. Her phrase resonated with me. BES is becoming a center of ethical activity in our city that goes beyond just our society.
Can a commercial television program treat science properly and uphold the legacy of Carl Sagan? Apparently, it can, at least judging by the initial entry in the Cosmos relaunch, which aired March 9 on Fox and the next day on the National Geographic Channel.
Good things sometimes require money. So, isn’t it time we begin understanding that money is not a dirty word? You will be receiving more information about what is necessary to keep BES flourishing. If you believe in our mission, in our deeds, and in our community, this is your opportunity to express your values by supporting our shared work with a generous pledge.
Nelson Mandela passed away in December, leaving a legacy that will teach and inspire Humanists for generations. I did not realize just how much Mandela’s vision reflects Humanism and Ethical Culture values until I heard a talk this past October by Ebrahim Rasool, the Ambassador of South Africa to the United States.