Ethical Culture does not have explicit tenants or commandments, but it does ask of its members/followers to commit to building ethical relationships, because we as a community feel they are imperative to social justice and realizing a better world. At the same time, many of us struggle to invite intimacy in our personal, romantic, and communal lives- why is that? And what ideas might lead us to better meeting our charge in the future?

Christian Hayden is a community educator who works in teen dating violence prevention. He is currently an Ethical Culture Leader-in-Training, and is a passionate photographer. He spent a year in Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps, and was awarded the prestigious Mossler Fellowship in 2016.