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"What We Live For"

“What We Live For” will be presented by Bart Worden, Executive Director of the American Ethical Union, at the Sunday, March 17th meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville 2:00-3:30 PM, at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in North Asheville (off Merrimon Avenue near UNCA).   Worden indicates that in 1876 the founder of the first Society for Ethical Culture, Felix Adler, said the following in his inaugural address: “There is a great and crying evil in modern society. It is want of purpose. It is that narrowness of vision which shuts out the wider vistas of the soul. It is the absence of those sublime emotions which, wherever they arise, do not fail to exalt and consecrate existence.” Adler’s hope was that Ethical Societies would inspire people to experience profound purposefulness, coupled with an expansive vision of humanity and a passion realizing each person’s worth and dignity—and that would lead us toward a richly humane and just society. Worden will explore, “How well does Adler’s concern reflect our concerns today?”  

 

Worden, a longtime member of the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester (New York), was recently named Executive Director for the American Ethical Union (AEU), and continues to serve the Westchester Society as their Leader.  In 1983, he obtained a masters degree in social work from N.Y.U. and then worked as a social worker and psychotherapist for adults with psychiatric disabilities. He currently serves The Guidance Center of Westchester as the organization’s Associate Executive Director. Worden graduated from the Humanist Institute 1997 and worked as a leader-intern at the New York Society for Ethical Culture prior to his appointment as Leader for the Westchester Society in 1998.

There will be a discussion period following the presentation. Following the meeting, there will be time for informal conversation. All are welcome!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave early but I really enjoyed hearing Bart's thinking about how we spread ethical culture through building one to one relationships, even when we disagree with each other.

    2 · March 17, 2013

    • Jackie S.

      - particularly if we do so in a respectful way, perhaps using as a tool Nonvionlent (also known as Compassionate) Communication, activiey listening to the other person.

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    But I will have to step out early for a conference call.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great topic! I can't wait to find out what I live for...

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Jackie S.

    Also, you can have dinner with Bart, my husband, me and others 4:30 at Curate but you must let me know ASAP that you're coming because the seating reservation is limited. Email me at [masked] to reserve your place at the table.

    March 9, 2013

  • Jackie S.

    See Bart's picture - click on Photos under Ethical Society of Asheville banner above.

    February 28, 2013

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