PerfectlyPlanned News: Ethical Culture Society Events ’09: A Year in Review

This year I attended several Ethical Culture Sunday meetings.  Society members warmly welcomed me.  I was engaged in thoughtful analysis of social issues.  Speakers attended and presented on issues ranging from sustainable living to the rights of gays and lesbians to marry.  Memorable: On one particular Sunday the Solidarity Singers sang union songs written by union workers about the labor movement, and the right to equitable pay.

The society held it’s last meeting for the year yesterday, June 14, 2009.  It will reconvene in September of this year.

3.15.09 Maplewood’s own Ethical Cultural Society of Essex County hosted speaker Seth Kaplan to speak about “The Challenges of State Building.”

Seth is the author of “Fixing Fragile States.” His message deserves careful consideration.  Seth’s 10 minute talk, Q.A., & group discussion detailed his wide breath of knowledge. During his presentation he explained complex topics using language non-academic audiences can understand – which is priceless given the significance and importance of the topic at hand.  Seth grew up in Maplewood.

4.12.09 Maplewood’s own Ethical Cultural Society of Essex County hosted a two part series on “Global Warming and Climate Distress.”  Speaker Ron Pate, a leader in the Sierra Club, presented excerpts of the film “The Eleventh Hour” and facilitated a related discussion. The film, directed by Leonardo DiCaprio, “describes the last moment when change is possible” Ron said in his presentation. When we spoke one-on-one Ron said profoundly “They’re real angry [at me].” Ron is referring to his kids.  “Their generation is very aware.  They see the destruction that the older generation has caused. The Me generation.”  Ron says he has devoted his life to environmental activism due to his concern for his children – for all children.

An Event To Attend: Barry Zach & Mira Stillman hosted the second part of the series scheduled on Sunday April 19th, 2009.

Find below pictures taken during Sunday service during which The Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council. l sang union songs written by union workers about the labor movement, and the right to equitable pay.

© 2010 W. S. Hughes

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