The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island was founded in 1950 and is part of the 133-year old Ethical Culture Movement. We are a welcoming community that attributes worth to everyone, elicits from each of us our unique contributions, and seeks to create a world of mutual respect, justice, and love. We join together to develop our ethical ideals, celebrate life's joys, and support one another through life's sorrows. We strive to bring out the best in others and create a caring world.
Ethical Culture is a religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a better world. Our religion is ethics. We choose to attribute worth and dignity to human life as a starting point of our quest for an ethical life. We are dedicated to the proposition that every person is irreplaceable, and that in an ethical world each of us makes a unique contribution to the common good. We believe that nothing should be more important to people than people.
The main part of our Sunday meetings is what we call a "Platform" and is usually is a talk about a social or ethical issue. The talk may be given by our Leader Emeritus or another member of our Society, by a Leader from another Ethical Society, or by an expert in the field. Among the scheduled topics by outside experts for 2009 -- 2010 platforms are "Alternatives to the Death Penalty," "Election vs. Appointment of Judges," Child Abuse Prevention," and "Environmental and Economic Interests." (see our events calendar at WWW.EHSLI.ORG for a detailed list of scheduled speakers).
From September through June of each year, we meet for about an hour and a half at 11 AM on Sundays in our building on Old Country Road. We welcome newcomers of all faiths, color, sexual orientations, and nationalities - anyone who agrees with the idea that we need to help in making the world a better, more ethical place.
CHILDREN'S ETHICS PROGRAM
The Ethical Society Children's Ethics Program seeks to affirm the special worth of every human being and to encourage the development of those values which integrate each child into the greater human family. In a warm, caring atmosphere, where all questions can be asked and no answers dismissed or ignored, children gain a sense belonging and have an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings. An exploration of past and present values and spiritual traditions, as well as the whole fabric of human experience and imaginings will help each child in the search for ultimate values in his/her own life. By identifying ethics as central to religion, children are encouraged to explore their own values and beliefs, with the 12 Ethical Culture values emphasized throughout Sunday morning lessons.
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