The Baltimore Ethical Society provides a rich, nurturing, multi-generational community for children. The children begin their Sunday morning at 10:30 upstairs with the adults for the first part of our program, which includes a story for the children and the child in all of us. Then they head downstairs to the classrooms or outside to the garden for the morning’s activities.
We have a class for 2-5 years olds and another for 6-12 year olds. Infant care for toddlers under 2 is available with at least one week advance notice (please contact Maya Kosok). The morning platform and Sunday School class comes to a close at 12, at which time the children are welcome to join the adults for snacks and socializing until ~12:30.
Our Sunday School program offers meaningful ethical education in a non-theistic, creative, and fun setting. We have committed families, dynamic teachers, thoughtful curriculum, a great gathering space, and lots of great activities.
Come visit any Sunday, September – May, to check out the Sunday School program.
“I was contemplating how I might accomplish giving my child a religious education in the absence of my own belief in god. I knew I wasn’t alone in my desire for a community free of dogma. I found you. I found Ethical Culture.”
Preschool Teacher (ages 2-5): Jill Gordon
Jill Gordon has led the pre-K program at BES since 2015, and has been working with children of all ages in arts and nature based programs up and down the east coast for twenty years. She holds a certification in early childhood development and education, and worked as a pre-school teacher for nearly ten years in Baltimore. With her two children, Jill is active in supporting social justice movements including anti-violence, racial equity, and education equity. She spends the summers farming and teaching in the mountains in upstate New York.
Elementary/Middle Teacher (ages 6-12): Monica Cooper
Monica Cooper is a professional Office Specialist III for Baltimore City Government. She received her B.A in Administrative Human Services from the University of Baltimore, Baltimore Maryland in 2012. Her volunteerism and work focus on social justice in the criminal justice system and beyond. Ms. Cooper is the former Executive Director of Out for Justice an ex-offender, member led organization that promotes reform of policies that adversely affect those returning to society. Currently Monica is the CEO of the Maryland Justice Project a non-profit organization she Co-founded in 2013 which focus on Women and Girls inside and outside of the Justice System. During her down time Monica Loves to teach young children the value of living an ethical lifestyle at the Baltimore Ethical Society.
Our Sunday School curriculum is organized around monthly themes and each week includes stories, activities, and art projects based around these themes.
- September: Friendship
- October: Life Cycle
- November: Gratitude and Generosity
- December: Love
- January: Winter Play!
- February: Children Around the World
- March: Family
- April: Celebrating and Protecting the Earth
- May: Empathy