What we're about

We are a democratic fellowship for people seeking a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or non belief in a supreme being. We value the importance of living ethical, responsible, and socially connected lives.

Together, we do service projects that benefit the larger community, including cleaning up the Bay, food sorting, collecting items for the homeless, and helping disadvantaged families.

We welcome people from a variety of religious backgrounds. Some consider themselves humanists, atheists, or agnostics. Our emphasis is on what we DO to make the world a better place individually and together.

We discuss ethical dilemmas that arise in our lives, hold programs to learn about ourselves, each other, and the issues of the day. We seek to be fully engaged in the community and the world.

If you seek social events, social action and a socially-minded community, share your passion and join us!

For more information, visit our website at: ecssv.org (http://ecssv.org/)

Upcoming events (5)

Ethical Action Sunday: Reclaim Our Vote

Online event

Doing good while staying in pushes us in new directions. In April, we decided reaching out to members and friends was our best action. In early May, we decided we would continue that action and continue to support the shelter at Grace Church. We started a practice of having a "Soap Box" during our meetings for individual to express their passion for their favorite cause. At this meeting, we will be discussing the call to action from the American Ethical Union, our parent organization, to support the Reclaim Our Vote campaign. This non-partisan action is in response to "voters of color being purged from voter rolls at a much higher rate than whites." It is a postcard campaign that people can participate in while sheltering in place. From the comfort of your shelter, join the digital meeting and learn about the action, participate in the discussion about whether to recommend to the ECSSV board that ECSSV should join the campaign and step up to make a difference in this crucial election year. Here is the website for the Reclaim Our Vote campaign. http://centerforcommonground.org/main/index.php/campaigns/reclaim-our-vote. Please join us. Link to the meeting shows when you RSVP to the meeting.

Poetry Matters

Online event

Our thoughtful and talented members and friends will share original works, personal favorites, and meaningful observations. All are invited to bring a poem (or two) or a short piece of prose to read and offer a few words about how this selection touches, moves or connects to them. Valerie moderates. (RSVP on Meet-up or to Valerie to receive the Zoom invitation.)

Friday AM ethics discussion

Online event

From God as our guide to life to Goodness as our Beacon to Fulfillment Many of us grew up in families that observed traditional religious practices: a belief in one God, the Ten Commandments, holidays and celebrations that coincided with seasonal changes, and various rites of passage from birth to death. Yet, as we matured into adulthood, we began to question some of the rituals that had mapped our lives, not to discard them but to make them more meaningful. We began to consider our relationships within our world--to people, animals, and the environment. We recognized that homage to Earth and its inhabitants is primary to survival. What events and experiences in our lives led us to move from traditional religious doctrine and prayer to a more contemporary approach to ethical values and actions. We all have a story to tell. Let’s listen. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. When you RSVP, the meeting link will become visible to you. You will receive a link to Zoom a day before the event. Please join us.

Creating Alternative Futures through a Mindset of Abundance

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Our sense of scarcity has complex roots, yet when we realize that we are already whole and interconnected we open space to new possibilities for getting everyone's needs met - physically and philosophically. We’ll ground ourselves with some ancient and ancestral wisdom before opening ourselves up to how we can take advantage of the present moment to create a future of abundance for everyone. Speaker, Sarah Tielemans, is a Leader in Training in the Ethical Culture Movement and a member of the New York Society. Throughout her wanderings in life – including while cycling across 20 countries in Africa – she has nurtured her curiosity about alternative ways to perceive our shared experience. She believes that Joy is our birthright and Love is the perfect realization of our interconnectedness.

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