Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat – Live Blog Introduction

I’m at the Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center in Lanoka Harbor New Jersey, to study with existing and other in-training leaders in the Ethical Culture movement, a non-theistic congregational movement dedicated to the dignity of all human beings and the improvement of culture through social and moral development. The purpose of the retreat is to train new leaders for Ethical Culture Societies around the country, and to allow existing leaders to exchange ideas and develop their practice.

This is my very first activity as an Ethical Culture leader-in-training, after my admission to the program on Sunday. Over the next few days I’ll be reporting on what I learn here: about the Ethical Culture movement; about Felix Adler, it’s founder; about the other leaders and leaders-in-training. The Retreat Center is beautiful: each window looks onto open land, there’s a salt-water outdoor pool which must be freezing, and every wall is adorned with thoughtful Universalist quotes.

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About James Croft

James Croft is the Leader in Training at the Ethical Culture Society of St. Louis - one of the largest Humanist congregations in the world. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently writing his Doctoral dissertation as a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.


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