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We continue the fun and powerful work on the real life embedded in poems & songs. We welcome anyone at any level who wants to have fun while working their personal skills. We are a drop in group but come regularly to join our performances. Don’t be confused by two similar announcements for us. There is an uninteresting reason for that. Just sign up for either. If you have questions let us know.
[Note: We typically have 9-12 people at the meeting. Due to confidentiality concerns, most people do not preregister in Meetup.] "Discover the Power of Choice!" SMART Recovery is an evidence-based peer support group that focuses on self-empowerment. Our meetings are free and open to anyone seeking help with an addictive behavior, including but not limited to alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and pornography. We encourage participation by persons of any race, color, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind in our meetings. Our program focuses on four areas: • Build and maintain motivation, • Cope with urges and cravings, • Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors • Achieve lifestyle balance in order to prevent relapse Flexible, self-directed change is encouraged through many tools and techniques designed to increase self-reliance. A great deal of support is available without formal sponsorship. Participants are welcome to attend meetings for as long as you find them helpful. Our meetings last sixty to ninety minutes and operate in a workshop-like atmosphere. A volunteer facilitator leads each session and encourages discussion. Individuals may choose to participate, or just sit back and listen. The meetings are free and confidential. We believe that the power to change addictive behaviors resides within each individual and does not depend upon adherence to any spiritual viewpoint. The use of religious or spiritual beliefs and practices in recovery is a personal choice and not a part of our program. SMART Recovery is a recognized resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, Center for Health Care Evaluation, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The Baltimore Ethical Society sponsors the Saturday morning meeting of SMART Recovery.
“Learning from Frederick Douglass” There are few historical figures that better epitomize resiliency, integrity, and strength of personality than Frederick Douglass. Few can match how he maintained his sense of self-worth against all odds and rose to the pinnacle of prestige. If it is true that, as Douglass said, “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future,” what how can we make his life useful to us today? Hugh Taft-Morales honors Black History Month by exploring how Frederick Douglass can teach humanists principles and habits to enrich our lives today and contribute to a better world. Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.
BES Community Pledge Luncheon Food, Fun, Friends and Fundraising! If there’s any event you should attend as a member of the Baltimore Ethical Society, it is this one: the 2019 BES Pledge Luncheon! Right after our morning program on February 24th, we will transform our space into a banquet hall for festivities celebrating our unique home for humanism. Make a point of attending – you won’t regret it. Enjoy vegan selections from Land of Kush provided by BES and additional entrees, side dishes, salads, desserts, and beverages contributed by members. Please sign up to bring a dish ( https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V0pDhDOilncuaacDmFgJ_0suQeFBOzcNqakXBkz-bh0/edit?ts=5c4f888c ) and join us for a fun-filled celebration meal of food, entertainment, and community spirit. Childcare will be extended during the luncheon. If you have trouble with the Google Doc, you can also email your contribution to Ann Litke ( [masked] ). We look forward to seeing you!