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Actions, Not Words; Jorge Riopedre, 2018 Ethics in Action Awardee

October 7, 2018

A special Platform presenting the 2018 Ethical Society of St. Louis Ethics in Action Award to Jorge Riopedre, president and CEO of Casa de Salud, a clinic providing high-quality, low-cost clinical and mental healthcare to the uninsured, focusing on the new immigrant community.

Jorge founded a media production company specializing in the Hispanic market, and then became the executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow, having traveled to Germany and Mexico to study the healthcare systems of those countries, and is now president of the Eisenhower Fellowships St. Louis chapter. Jorge co-founded the St. Louis New American Alliance, which provides referral services to foreign-born individuals throughout the region.

Jorge says, “The Internet and social media have made it easy to connect and given us a megaphone to express ourselves on every topic imaginable, and yet our isolation from each other has increased; we seem to be less willing or able to actually do something to drive change. Actions, not words, are what the world needs from us, and what we need for ourselves.”

Deed Before Creed: Do Our Beliefs Matter?; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

September 30, 2018

Deed Before Creed is one of the best known sayings in the Ethical Humanist movement. It has become a sort of motto for our community, expressing something important about our approach to religious beliefs and ethical values. But what does this motto mean? What is the relationship between our beliefs and our values, and does it matter?

Now, What?!; Jé Hooper, AEU Leader-in-Training

September 23, 2018

Jé Hooper is in the Leader-in-Training program of the American Ethical Union and the Ph.D Interdisciplinary Arts program at Ohio University. His work promotes the intersections of art, justice, and religious ethics in efforts to obtain social equity. An AEU Mossler Fellow, Jé is working on a film entitled “Humanitas: Conscious Coloring of Kindness,” in which Felix Adler and W.E.B. DuBois are re-imagined in a histocontemporary retrospective.

Why Are We Here? A Purposeful Year; Kate Lovelady, Leader

September 16, 2018

Our 2018-19 monthly themes are all related to the Ethical Society’s Statement of Purpose, which you can read around the building and at https://ethicalstl.org/who-we-are. What does it mean to Ethical Humanists to live a life of purpose? What are some of the sources of a sense of purpose, for an individual or an organization? Come explore these and related questions, and hear about the year we have in store!

Ethical Culture Versus Ethical Humanism; Kate Lovelady, Leader

August 26, 2018

For this year’s “compare and contrast” Platform address, instead of looking at similarities and differences between the Ethical Society and another tradition, we’ll explore how the views and practices of Ethical Societies have changed over time. What would Ethical Society members of 100, 50, or even 20 years ago recognize in the Ethical Society of today? What would they find has changed? And what does our history suggest about how the Ethical Society might continue to develop in the future?

One Book, Two Sisters, Many Stories; Samantha and Krystal White

August 19, 2018

In Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, Susan Burton details her life experiences growing up impoverished in California, navigating abuse, addiction, poverty, and the cyclical nature of imprisonment in the US, and how she broke free and became an inspiring leader. Her story is both tragic and hopeful, and is the focus of the “One Book, One Ethical Society” initiative. In this year of exploring emotions, Samantha and Krystal will share their own reflections of growing up and their memories prompted by Susan’s life.

Samantha N. White is a Kentucky native but, after 11 years, considers St. Louis to be her home. She is an avid reader and loves food, hiking, volunteering, and playing board games with friends and family. Samantha is also a social justice advocate, is heavily involved in the Ethical Society End Racism Team efforts, and recently joined the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Her sister, Krystal Sno White, is an educator and volunteer who currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ethical Society of Saint Louis and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.

Spillover: Feeling All Six Emotions; Mitch Harden

August 12, 2018

Sweaty palms, a racing heartbeat and a gasp as you catch your breath. Did you just get attacked by a wild animal? Or did you just run into the love of your life? No matter what you think, your body responds the same! Find out more about the biological underpinnings of emotions in this Platform.

Slides accompanying the presentation (pdf).

Developing Our Emotions; Sean O’Hara

August 5, 2018

How as human beings do we look inside ourselves in order to develop ourselves emotionally? If we don’t believe there is a higher power to provide us with answers to life’s conundrums, how do we look inside ourselves to find wisdom that helps us overcome our insecurities as a person? This Platform offers a humanist’s insight into how to grow and mature as a person as we move through life’s trials, tribulations and wonders.

Our Dark Desires; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

July 29, 2018

Not everything we want is something we should want. Sometimes, we have less control over our desires than we would like. And sometimes, we’ve been told our desires are wrong, when in fact they are not. How can we deal with our dark desires, those things we want but think we shouldn’t? Why do we want things which hurt us? Where can we find help?

Emergent desire: Braving the darkness and the light of beloved community; Elizabeth Vega of Artivists StL

July 22, 2018

Theme for the July: Desire

Veteran activist, artist and artivist Elizabeth Vega will explore how what we desire can and should change as we become radicalized by love.

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