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Jim White: “Encourage!”

By September 13, 2020 September 25th, 2020 No Comments

Since I was introduced to Ethical Culture in the fall of my freshman year the values and commitments of our movement have sustained and encouraged me as a 60’s activist, a new, then ongoing husband and father, a teacher, lawyer and Ethical leader. Now we are suffering through an incredibly grim time. Let us explore the rich experiences that encourage us to deepen our relationships and to move forward together toward a newer world of justice and peace.

Jim White was born and raised on a farm in Virginia. He attended Harvard, earned a master’s at Teacher’s College in New York and spent five years teaching emotionally disturbed children in Manhattan and the Bronx before studying law at New York Law School. As a lawyer, Jim espoused social justice and civil liberties. He started a mental health practice in Manhattan that handles cases for psychiatric patients. In 1989, he was certified as an Ethical Leader, and he led the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County in New Jersey for eight years (now Leader Emeritus at the Society) before going to the Bronx Riverdale Society in 2010 as Leader, now retired. Currently, in addition to co-chairing the Congregations for Justice in Harlem, Jim is co-founder of Bronx Climate Justice North.


Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day.  While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public.  Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

To view previous Sunday Platform addresses and interviews, visit the Ethical NYC YouTube channel.

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