What I Did in My Summer Vacation

After 25 years of teaching I will admit that having a different routine in the summer is important to me. It’s not that I spend most of the summer doing nothing – a persistent myth that bothers hard-working teachers.

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An Opportunity for Growth

BES has an opportunity to grow our space, but with this opportunity comes a challenge for our society. BES accepted an offer to rent the old Floura Teeter space at a favorable rate on a month-to-month basis. The Board funded this for a trial period of three months starting August 15th.

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One for the Workers!

May Day, also known as International Workers Day, is officially May 1st. This year, in Maryland, it came a few days later. But then the millions of Americans who work for low wages have always had to wait for victories.

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President’s Report from the Assembly

The 99th Assembly of the American Ethical Union took place in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago, from May 1 to 4. This is the annual gathering of ethical societies, where we meet to share ideas, gain energy, and advance the Ethical Culture Movement.

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The Dance of Change

This month I want to share more existential reflections about change, a deeply paradoxical experience. In so many ways, it’s what we most strive for. Change allows for new experiences, dynamic growth, and flourishing life.

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The Baltimore Ethical Center

Back in January, BES member Janey Solwold made a passing reference to our society as the “Baltimore Ethical Center” in a pledge committee email. Her phrase resonated with me. BES is becoming a center of ethical activity in our city that goes beyond just our society.

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Money is Not a Dirty Word!

Good things sometimes require money. So, isn’t it time we begin understanding that money is not a dirty word? You will be receiving more information about what is necessary to keep BES flourishing. If you believe in our mission, in our deeds, and in our community, this is your opportunity to express your values by supporting our shared work with a generous pledge.

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Humanism and the Diplomacy of Ubuntu

Nelson Mandela passed away in December, leaving a legacy that will teach and inspire Humanists for generations. I did not realize just how much Mandela’s vision reflects Humanism and Ethical Culture values until I heard a talk this past October by Ebrahim Rasool, the Ambassador of South Africa to the United States.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

One of the best gifts to yourself is a healthy dose of gratitude. I am not talking about gratitude that others show you, although that is a very nice present to receive! I am speaking of the gratitude you express to others,…or to the planet, or to your pet, or just about anything. Studies have shown that feeling and expressing gratitude contributes to your mental and physical health.

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Honoring Our Commitment and Paying It Forward

Our upcoming pledge drive will honor our commitment for last year and “pay it forward” for next year. The first pledge honors the commitment we made for the 2013–2014 fiscal year budget. The second pledge will help us make a sound decision when we approve our budget for the 2014–2015 fiscal year. This means asking all of us to plan further ahead than usual, but I’m confident we will succeed.

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