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!

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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...]


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