Why I Call Myself “Non-Religious”

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Today I got an interesting email from a friend asking why, even though I am training as an Ethical Culture Leader, I consider myself and term myself “non-religious”. This is a thoughtful question because Ethical Culture is legally and by self-description a “Humanistic Religious Movement”, and many (I think most) of the current Leaders consider themselves religious [Read More...]

Countdown to 30 – 1 Day to Go! – Felix Adler Calling

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The seventh and last post in my “Countdown to 30″ series, looking forward to my 30th birthday (tomorrow!) and back to how I got here. Felix Adler Calling Throughout my time researching Humanism and working as a Humanist activist, Ethical Culture (a movement of Humanist congregations dedicated to ethical living and the improvement of society) had [Read More...]

This Is Your Moment to Stand Up Against Gun Violence

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Bart Worden, the Executive Director of the American Ethical Union – the national organization coordinating the work of the nation’s Ethical Culture Societies (non-theistic communities dedicated to ethical action) – made the following statement yesterday in the wake of Friday’s shootings: The tragedy of the killings in Newtown Connecticut on December 14th is unspeakable. What [Read More...]

“Ideas that Sing: Awe, Wonder, and the Future of Humanism” at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester this Sunday!

The Ethical Culture Society of Westchester

This Sunday I’ll be giving my latest presentation - ”Ideas that Sing: Awe, Wonder, and the Future of Humanism” – at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester! Come along if you’re in the area: there will be Carl Sagan, there will be Abraham Maslow, there will be Felix Adler and Jason Silva and Quiet Company and [Read More...]

Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat – Day 1

Tuesday evening was the first day of the Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat I’m attending. Here’s some stuff I learnt about Ethical Culture Leader Felix Adler during our discussion: Adler’s Intellectual and Social Context Adler was influenced by New England Transcendentalism (particularly Emerson), by Kant (his primary philosophical influence and the source of his ethical idealism), [Read More...]

Why Ethical Culture?

This past Sunday Friday ( too busy – don’t even know what day it is!), after a long selection process (and a more than 2-hour interview!), I was accepted into training as a leader in the Ethical Culture movement. Most atheists and Humanists will probably have no idea what Ethical Culture is. Those who do [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

The Argument for Humanist Communities

Since much of what I write here is about the development of meatspace communities for Humanists, it makes sense to give a brief case as to why I think they’re valuable. Not all non-theists agree that such spaces would have much benefit, and many religious people don’t really get the point either. So let’s put [Read More...]

Adler’s Vision: Reimagining Values-Based Community for Godless People

“The custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.” – Felix Adler So, I’ve introduced myself and the first major interest of this blog: learning how to speak in Ingersoll’s Voice. The second part of [Read More...]

Ingersoll’s Voice, Adler’s Vision: What’s This Blog About?

In a sense this blog is about all the personal and professional interests I outlined in yesterday’s introduction. But it does have a more focused purpose: I’m trying to promote Humanism, and to create a more Humanistic world. I see this project as having two primary aspects, inspired by two of the greatest freethinkers of [Read More...]