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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Pythagoras and Dark Energy

During the 6th to 4th centuries B.C., the Pythagoreans were a small secretive cult of ascetics who step-by-step discovered abstract mathematics. Their central metaphysical doctrine was that our natural surroundings are an incarnation of the logical arrangement of what they called “number.” This curiosity reached across the centuries to ignite the thinking of Copernicus, Kepler, […]

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Growing Up Humanist: Framework for a Better Society

Young people in today’s American society face many challenges.  Tumultuous economic conditions, continued discrimination leveled against large segments of the population, and progressive climate change are all serious issues that we as a nation have failed to deal with effectively.  Can the current American moral framework, which seems lacking and foundationless, be cited as a […]

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Apocalyptic Environmentalism

Many environmental activists warn that ignoring climate change is leading to dramatic ecological and humanitarian catastrophe. Some say we’ve already passed the tipping point – that rising sea levels and collapsed ecosystems will threaten our very survival. How do we process such challenging predictions? Do we take comfort in critics who denounce these activists as […]

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History Brought Us to this Moment

2012 was chosen as the year in which to celebrate the 60th year of our congregation convening in Baltimore based on our 1952 incorporation as a non-profit organization termed the Baltimore Ethical Society (BES).

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More than a Celebration of Longevity

“Save the dates” has been our mantra of the past few weeks. Now the blanks finally get filled in – to the relief of many who likely wondered what was ever and actually going to take place.

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Reason Rally

Reason number 10 to attend the Reason Rally on March 24 in Washington: Ben’s Chili Bowl! Check it out at 1213 U Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The best chili since 1958. Now you can eat where the President eats! Reason number 9: D.C. ain’t that far away! With gas prices as they are, why not […]

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Community Currency

The Baltimore Green Currency Association was founded in spring 2010. Its mission is to foster economic opportunity through the establishment of an alternative currency for the communities of Baltimore. BNote (short for Baltimore Note) is the new alternative or complementary currency – real money that can be used for any local transaction in the Baltimore […]

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