ABOUT ETHICAL CULTURE
What we do
The Ethical Society holds meetings every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the main room of the Society's Meeting House. It is on this occasion that all come together for community fellowship and for our principal programming. The people are friendly and welcoming, and the dress is informal.
Central to the Sunday morning meeting is the Platform - - a presentation on a subject related to ethical living and ethical action. The topics of these talks are wide ranging - - from educational to spiritual, political to the interpersonal. But the thread that unites them is the exploration to apply the ethical way of life to our daily lives: to affirm that (1) every person has inherent worth; (2) it is our responsibility to improve the quality of life for ourselves and others; (3) ethics are derived from human experience rather than from revelation, and (4) life is sacred, interrelated and interdependent.
The Society’s Leader, Bart Worden, generally speaks on the first Sunday of each month. Other Sunday mornings will feature Leaders from other Ethical Culture societies nationwide as well as speakers from outside the movement including professors, authors, and other movement leaders. Sometimes one of our own members may speak on a subject of interest. Following the Platform, there will be a discussion period during
which those in attendance can contribute their own thoughts or pose questions to the speaker.
On some Sundays when a major holiday or school vacation may cause attendance to be lower, we will have just a discussion period. A discussion leader will present a topic and all may participate. Some people find these Sundays to be the most engaging and fulfilling of all.
The main room of the Society is in a soaring A-frame structure whose tall wooden ceiling embraces a vast space of air and sunlight. The large windows offer a view out upon tall evergreens trees and the ever-changing sky. No symbols, relics, saints or idols are displayed in the Society, but behind the platform there is the simple image of a tree rendered in cedar - - which may remind us that in Nature itself there is form and beauty, structure and freedom and a source of inspiration that is never exhausted.
Live or recorded music contributes to a contemplative atmosphere.
But the morning is not all talk - - Sunday mornings also provide the opportunity to share our own news and to catch up on friendships after a long week. During hospitality period following the Platform there is coffee, cake and bagels and the chance to meet and talk in a friendly and informal setting. It is here that one can also make new friends and share fellowship.
For the kids, there is the Ethical Education program. The Ethical Education for Children offers a program in the Ethical Humanist tradition that teaches tolerance, creativity, independent thinking, cross-cultural awareness and self discovery. The three age divisions are: Upper Form grades 6 - 8; Middle Form grades 3 - 5; and Lower Form grades K - 2. The professional Director of the Ethical Ed program holds a masters degree in education from the Bank Street School and has years experience in program development. There is also child care provided each Sunday for the little ones.
Bart Worden, the Clergy-Leader of the Society, is certified by the American Ethical Union as a Leader in Ethical Culture. He is available to perform humanistic weddings, baby namings and memorial services. He also welcomes any inquiries or concerns.