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Is Comparison the Thief of Joy?; Kate Lovelady, Leader

November 12, 2017

Theme for the month: Joy

To some extent, we can only understand our current lives by comparing them to others’ lives, as well as to our own—the lives we have led in the past or might lead in the future, and the “alternate” lives we might have led but didn’t. Comparison can be a weapon and a tool. How can we limit, and use, comparison to increase joy in our lives?

Learning to Be Joyful; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

November 5, 2017

Theme for the month: Joy

It’s tempting to think that joy is something that happens to us: an emotion that infects us at special moments, but not something we can actively pursue. In this Platform, James Croft suggests that this is not the whole story: we can learn to live life more joyfully, and take more control of our emotions.

Read Kate’s Post Platform Reflections on this presentation.

Prophetic Poetry; MK Stallings

October 29, 2017

Poets once had the reputation as prophets. They crafted poems that reflected the culture and truths of their community for listening audiences. Yet, poetry is not typically viewed as a medium for truth but something dead or too insular for relevance. Furthermore, poems that are performed have somehow lost their place in literature. This talk challenges the notion that good poetry is only experienced on paper and seeks to reconnect this literary art to its prophetic, oral history.

MK Stallings is an artist who voices his truth through poetry. Founder of arts-based nonprofit UrbArts, MK facilitates youth poetry workshops, coaches poetry slam teams, teaches sociology using poetry as a learning strategy, and advocates for marginalized artists. UrbArts acts as the fiscal sponsor for Brick City Poetry Festival and MK is a key member of the planning committee.

Are We Prepared for Our Uncertain Future? Alan Ranford

October 22, 2017

Our lives are increasingly affected by accelerating technological advances, forcing ever faster changes in our lives. We will eventually be forced to face our planet’s increasing temperature and rising oceans, and deal with an ever-growing population with diminishing resources. How do we prepare ourselves for the inevitable new deluge of problems?

Alan Ranford does not claim to have solutions: “I’m just a layman looking at the world that awaits us all.” A member of the Ethical Society for over 45 years, Alan was a mechanical engineer in areas including guided missiles, advanced aircraft systems, and disposable medical products. Forty years ago, he became concerned about our environment and excess population growth. He conducted adult classes on environmental issues and created a program to teach our 5th and 6th graders about the consequences of unsustainable living, disguising this message as a fun series of role-playing classes in which they were the passengers and crew on board a gigantic spaceship circling the sun; each week there was a new problem/situation to solve

Doubt Is Good; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

October 15, 2017

Doubt often gets a bad rap: self-doubt is frequently considered a major barrier to progress in life, and “Doubting Thomas” is portrayed in the Bible as the unfortunate, skeptical disciple who should have believed on faith alone. Yet doubt is essential to learning and to growth. In this Platform we’ll rehabilitate this much-maligned emotion and explore the many ways doubt helps us live more thoughtful, truthful lives.

Dazed and Confused; Kate Lovelady, Leader

October 8, 2017

In Ethical Humanism, for better or worse, professional Leaders don’t have all the answers, or even most of the answers, even for themselves. Kate will share some of life’s conundrums whose solutions continue to vex her, including environmental, ethical, and philosophical dilemmas. Why would anyone come hear this? Maybe this Platform is a terrible idea??

Tust No One: The Limits of Trust; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

September 24, 2017

Usually we consider it good to be trusting, and to trust other people. But sometimes our trust in others is misplaced, and it is right to be skeptical. How can we tell when we shouldn’t trust other people, and how can we be misled by our desire to trust one another? This Platform address will explore how we can apportion our trust appropriately, and when it’s okay not to trust people.

Feeling Ethical; Kate Lovelady, Leader

September 17, 2017

Leader Kate Lovelady examines the Stockley verdict and subsequent protests, through the lens of systemic racism, and also presents a brief overview of the coming Ethical Society year and its emotion-related monthly themes.

Celebrating Our Members; Ed Schmidt and Arlene Honeywell

September 10, 2017

Welcome or welcome back to a new season at the Ethical Society! Enjoy highlights from Ethical Humanist history and reflections from two of our long-time members.

Join us as we honor the following member anniversaries:

50 years: Steve Maragides
30 years: Jim & Joy Pierce, Janet Morse, Mary Wittry, Mary Bumpus, Ed Schmidt
20 years: Paula Bertram, Dan Overmann & Mary Murphy-Overmann, Gene Lauver, Arlene Honeywell, & Robert Taylor
10 years: Tom & Kitt Rogers, Mary Ann Tipton, Maxine Stone, Bea Hollander.

Ethical Humanism and Progressivism; Kate Lovelady, Leader

August 27, 2017

It’s time for our yearly compare-and-contrast Platform! How is our tradition similar to and different from other traditions?

Ethical Societies promote a belief in the human potential to make continual progress toward kinder and fairer relations between all people. Progressivism is a political movement that supports social justice activism, usually to mitigate problems related to inequality, prejudice, and oppression of different kinds. Ethical Humanism historically tends to take ethical stances that align with progressivist positions, and a majority of Ethical Society members would likely identify as progressives (whether by that exact term or not). At the same time, Ethical Humanism is not a political movement, and the Society seeks to welcome people of a variety of political opinions. What, then, should the relationship be between Ethical Humanism and progressivism?

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