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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]