Darlene Cook – New Member Profile

New member Darlene Cook is a fully recovered Catholic and a happy heretic. She likes to color outside the lines — and sometimes runs with scissors.   Cook began a corporate career in the mid-sixties at Western Electric’s System Equipment Engineering Division in Hunt Valley as a receptionist. Having worked her way up the secretarial […]

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Historical Book Published

NYU Press has just published Lotion, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America by BES member Elaine Breslaw, and the Pratt Library downtown will host Breslaw reading and discussing the book on March 26 at 6:30.

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Room to Grow for Toddlers

A sign of our vibrant, growing Sunday school population is that BES now has a room and workers dedicated solely to the care of toddlers. This is an important addition to our already successful program that among other methods uses music, art, and discussion to encourage personal expression, intellectual curiosity, and collaboration. Repurposing a room […]

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Dan Blank – New Member Profile

Native Baltimorean Dan Blank has lived his entire life in Pikesville. Work has played an important part in his life. As an intern for the Maryland State Highway Administration, he worked in Records, updating databases, recording and processing easements that allowed new construction, and repairing torn or damaged documents. Though he liked his job, he describes his working […]

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Pennies for Frisky’s Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary

This summer while walking my dog, I came across a mama opossum who had been hit by a car. I knew she was a mama because when I looked closer, I discovered a little squiggling baby on the ground and a few others who were still. The temperature was well over 90 degrees, and I […]

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Mystical Poems

Mays’ Mystical Poems

by Karen Elliott, BES Board Member Are you aware of how many authors belong to the Baltimore Ethical Society? Off-hand I can think of seven, and I may have missed a few. One who has earned a reputation for uplifting, image-rich writing is our long-distance member Carol Mays. Mays has read her poems at the […]

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BES Joins Marriage Equality Coalition

Governor O’Malley signed into law “The Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012,” which extends to all couples the right to obtain a marriage license.  This law is being challenged with a ballot initiative in the November election.  In July, the Baltimore Ethical Society took an official position in favor of marriage equality and joined the […]

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Organizations for Youth Opportunity

BES Joins OYO Consortium

by Karen Helm, BES Board Member BES members voted this August to join a consortium – Organizations for Youth Opportunity (OYO) – whose aim is reallocation of roughly 70 million capital budget dollars directed at building a new youth jail. OYO proposes that funding be redirected, primarily toward programs proven to have better recidivism and […]

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Reflections on Existentialism

by Katherine “Kate” LaClair, BES member Listening to Hugh’s talk on Existentialism [in April] gave us all a lot to think about. Sometimes the knowledge that I will be removed from all that I love is unbearable, and I struggle with finding ways to be fully at peace with the reality of death. These thoughts […]

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History Brought Us to this Moment

2012 was chosen as the year in which to celebrate the 60th year of our congregation convening in Baltimore based on our 1952 incorporation as a non-profit organization termed the Baltimore Ethical Society (BES).

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