Ethical Blog

February Banner - Black Lives Matter

With this banner we reaffirm our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and proclaim our long history of fighting for social justice. Alas, recent events have shown us that racism is alive and kicking and tolerated by far too many Americans. We take a stand against this hatred, calling for the resignations of any and all elected officials who violate the human rights of others.

Felix Adler had it right—worth and dignity is the key to happiness and the key to spiritual experience. Calvin Chatlos (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers University) explains how his Human Faith Project has developed a process for you to open to spiritual experience. Learn how we are all “hard-wired” for spiritual experience and how evolution made it happen.

February Outlook Now Available

Our February 2019 Ethical Outlook newsletter is now available. Check out the great events we have coming up throughout the month!

In the United States, there are 100,000 individuals needing a healthy kidney. The shortage is especially disconcerting given that since organ transplantation became sound medical treatment, we have never had better technology—while so little occasion—to avail ourselves of it. In response to the crisis it has become increasingly popular to furnish compelling arguments for legalizing the sale of kidneys.

Leader Joe Chuman spoke with journalist and photographer Eric Etheridge about the new edition of his book Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, a photo-history of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders. The book includes the mug shots of all 329 Riders arrested in Jackson that year, along with contemporary portraits and profiles of more than 90 Riders.

Register Now! Winter Writers' Workshops Begin January 15th & 17th

Tuesdays or Thursdays this winter, try your hand at personal non-fiction writing in a 9-week Joy of Personal Writing series of classes led by member Elaine Berman Gurney. Join a supportive group of writers--some just starting and others more experienced--to learn basic and advanced writing skills. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

Leader Anne Klaeysen examines recent calls for criminal justice reform and their chances for success, as well as the role we can play to right past wrongs.

January Banner - Humanize Criminal Justice

Tragically, too many incarcerated people are treated inhumanely, and too many prisons are private enterprises profiting from increased populations. Racial profiling also results in a disproportionate percentage of prisoners of color. We support police anti-bias training and an ethical restorative justice approach that keeps families intact and returns people to caring communities.

"Ethics gets lived on the playground, in the classroom." Leader Anne Klaeysen at Romper

Romper examined religious belief and ethical education among parents and children, speaking to our own Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen to get a Humanist perspective:

"For parents who do raise their children within a denomination,” [Klaeysen] told me, “it is important to raise children who are aware of those who practice their beliefs and values in other ways by visiting different worship spaces and learning about different religions."...Dr. Klaeysen challenges the idea that structured religion has a sole claim to the teaching of values. As Klaeysen says, "Ethics gets lived on the playground, in the classroom."

January Outlook Now Available

Our January 2019 Ethical Outlook newsletter is now available. Check out the great events we have coming up throughout the month!

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