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National and international events that change the course of our lives are in mid-swing. We may wish for certainty, yet we also know that resolution may not be as swift as we might hope. In this in-between time of doing all we can and not yet knowing the results, we ground ourselves as we are able in the here and now. In this moment, we listen to ou…
 
The Community Relations Committee will present a recorded interview with Daryl Davis and raise the topic of Deep Listening. What skills do we need to hear each other truly and respectfully? How do we find common ground when there are deep disagreements? How do we handle our fear as we engage across powerful dividing lines? The CRC asks us to re-ima…
 
No Human Being is Illegal on Stolen LandLyn Cox, Interim Leader.On this weekend of Indigenous Peoples Day, we acknowledge that those of us who are not Indigenous are living on stolen land, and we look for a way forward that draws from restorative justice. In addition to reparations and honoring the treaties already made, turning away from a mindset…
 
Vote LoveLyn Cox, Interim Leader.In these midst of global pandemic, rising authoritarianism, and uprising, lives hang in the balance and the future of democracy is on the line. In response, WES joins our Unitarian Universalist kinfolk in answering the call of ethics and values, building powerful partnerships to mobilize our communities to #VoteLove…
 
Forgiveness & Infinite InterrelatednessLyn CoxThere is both ethical and scientific basis in understanding ourselves as inescapably related to each other, to the entire human family, to the earth, and to the universe. Yet in the course of these relationships, another inescapable fact is that we will sometimes fall short of our best intentions, and t…
 
"The Definition of Riches is ‘Abundant Meaningful Work"WES MembersSeveral lay members of WES will speak about their vocation or avocation and what makes that work meaningful to them.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
Shared ImprovisationLyn Cox, Interim LeaderWe keep hearing about how these times are “unprecedented.” There is no definite script for working together as the world changes. Building trust, drawing out each other’s creativity, and remaining curious can help us to engage in the jazz-like process of shared improvisation. Part of this week’s Platform a…
 
"Together in this Liminal Time"Lyn Cox, Interim Leader.In Lyn Cox’s first Platform as our Interim Leader, we’ll explore the theme of collaboration and how it shows up on this threshold of change in our world, our nation, and our congregation. Lyn will explain a little bit about the interim opportunity and how WES might grow through it, and will off…
 
"Reclaiming Democracy"Hugh Taft-MoralesFaith in democracy is being challenged today on multiple fronts: anti-democratic tendencies of our current administration; the resurgence of global authoritarianism; money corrupting politics; questions about the electoral college; and, the rampant voter repression. Racial justice protests point out that for l…
 
The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed th…
 
"These Certain Times"Rev. Megan Foley, UUA Central Region.Through the spring of 2020 everything got thrown up into the air – our health, our safety, our patience with unjust systems, WES’ clergy leadership structure…and now as we live through the summer of 2020, things are becoming more clear if not more easy. What is the path forward when we find …
 
All I Can Say Is ThanksAmanda Poppei, Senior Leader.Join us for Amanda’s final platform as WES’ Senior Leader, as she shares her gratitude for the community that she has been proud to serve for twelve years.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
"Everything I Know About Life I Learned from Ethical Culture"Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader.The very first time Amanda offered a platform at WES, she titled it “Everything I Know About Ethical Culture I Learned from Wikipedia.” And that was true! Join Amanda to hear about her journey as an Ethical Culture learner and Leader, as she explores how the p…
 
Compassionate Community: If You Build It, They Will ComeAmanda Poppei, Senior LeaderWhat does it mean for WES to be a compassionate community–especially in this time? How do we balance care for our own members with the needs of the broader world? Can we infuse an ethos of compassion into not just all we do, but all the ways we are? Amanda will expl…
 
"To Be of Use"Laura Solomon, Clergy Intern.Join Laura as she concludes her first year of internship – and her time at WES – with reflections on WES, clergy leadership, and what it means “to be of use” in community.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
We Dare to QuestionAmanda Poppei, Senior LeaderOne of the hallmarks of Ethical Culture, and humanism in general, is the impulse to question. We ask questions especially at times of change, at thresholds–but our impulse toward curiosity is present at all times. Amanda invites you to participate in one of her favorite platforms by sending her your qu…
 
Sunday, May 10, 9:30am "A Family System, Not a Family"Amanda Poppei, Senior LeaderIt’s common to refer to a congregation as a family, and even to imagine that a clergy person is like the parent…or (even more problematic!) that the relationship between a clergy person and a congregation is a kind of marriage. Amanda will explore the power behind the…
 
"This Is Not The End"Laura Solomon, Clergy Intern.In the midst of the many thresholds we are crossing and living between, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There is power in naming exactly what we are experiencing, and also in being clear about what is NOT happening. As we enter our May theme of “thresholds,” join Laura to consider how, in spite of a…
 
Sunday, April 26, 2020."Centering: The Great Turning toward Mother Earth"Lore RosenthalReflecting on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, how far have we come? What are our paths for moving forward? Lore will share some quotes from climate enthusiasts as well as share some of her own thoughts. Is our civilization turning toward a partnershi…
 
In times of uncertainty and change, it can be tempting to jump to “what’s next?!” And knowing some of the plans and steps is certainly helpful. But we can also remember to ask “what now?” What are we invited to experience now–even if it is grief or fear? What can we bring to this moment? Join Amanda as she explores the uncertainty of this time–at W…
 
The Center of CommunityAmanda Poppei, Senior LeaderWhat lies at the heart of the WES community? With so much changed in this moment, how do we ensure that the center holds? Together we will affirm what has animated the WES community for more than 75 years.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
Finding Our CenterAmanda Poppei, Senior Leader&Laura Solomon, Clergy InternHow do we feel grounded in a time of uncertainty? Is it even possible to feel joyful when surrounded by challenge? Join Amanda and Laura as they explore several ways to find our center in this moment. Special music that will help us in our centering from singer/songwriter Le…
 
Keeping Your Head in Troubling TimesSunday, March 29, 9:30 & 11:30am Rev. Dr. David BreedenRev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.We usually think forward: what am I doing next? We also think backwards: the location of both memory and reason. And then there is thinking in the moment itself, considered contem…
 
"A Global Movement: Humanism Across Borders" Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader & Christian Hayden.What does humanism look like in countries and cultures different from our own? What wisdom can we find, and how does it inform our own practice. Join Amanda and guest Christian Hayden, an Ethical Culture Leader in Training with a special interest in pan-Afr…
 
Many of us are leaders in different ways–our families, our work places, here at WES. What is it that best prepares us for leadership? Are there skills to learn? Ways to be? Join Amanda as she explores leadership and what wisdom we most need to acquire. Music from singer/songwriter Maureen Andary.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
It’s one of our favorite traditions here at WES! Bring a vegetable, a stone, and a heart open to old and new stories and music as we look at the Stone Soup story together. How do we pay attention to what is good in our lives? How do we remember the abundance, especially when we seem surrounded by scarcity? And most importantly…how much pie will the…
 
What does it feel like in your body when you believe you’ve found a congregational home? It’s a feeling that can nourish growth and transformation. It keeps us coming back and we often want to share it with others. How can we, in turn, use those feelings in our own bodies to become more welcoming in our communities? Join guest speaker, Christin Gre…
 
"Compassion Fatigue and Not Looking Away: Paying Attention to the Whole World," Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader.How do we balance the need to be informed–and to act–with the need to remain centered and grounded? Join Amanda as she explores the very real experience of overwhelm that we can feel in today’s world, and offers some ways to avoid the burnou…
 
Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader, with Gayle Danley, poet. Join us for our annual honoring of those we have lost, as we pay attention to their memories and share gratitude for their lives. Poet Gayle Danley will join us again this year to share her beautiful reflections, and music will be offered by Mairi Breen Rothman and friends.…
 
At its best, community affirms and reaffirms that we belong to one another. John O’Donohue reminds us that belonging is comprised of both being and longing. What does it look like to belong and to make space inviting others’ belonging? Join Laura to consider both the being and the longing of community, and the ways we draw the circle of belonging t…
 
The butterfly has become a symbol for migrants--flying around the world, across borders, as part of its natural engagement in the world. And indeed, movement around the world has been a part of human history for as long as there have been humans! How do we understand immigration in America in the larger context of human migration? What does it mean…
 
The Buddhist tradition teaches us that suffering comes from attachment--from our hopes and expectations. Join Amanda to consider what it would be like to live without expectations, and how that practice (even when done imperfectly!) can be a core technique for more satisfying relationships.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
Join WES Members Scott Aschbrenner, Vickie Fang, and Rajesh Vidyasagar. Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler said that we were a movement for “diversity in creed, unanimity in deed.” But how far does that diversity stretch? Join three WES members with very different religious viewpoints–Christian, spiritual, and totally secular–as they reflect on ho…
 
We often find that grief, anger, even just annoyance come up when our expectations are unmet–when we had hopes for one thing and find that life turns out differently. It can be tempting to rush on to the next possibility, without giving space for ourselves to truly feel the loss, whether in our own lives or in the world around us. Amanda explores t…
 
As we mark our 75th anniversary, Amanda looks back at what the founders of WES might have expected–not just of our congregation, but of the world around them. Have we met those expectations? What might we expect in the next 75 years? And what does Ethical Culture offer to help us navigate the changes ahead?…
 
Christian Hayden's is a community educator who works in teen dating violence prevention. See how Ethical Culture, his own experience, and the challenges of the future call for us to learn, and model, the courage that intimacy requires.โดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
Amanda will take your ethical and philosophical questions and answer…as best she can! Will this be the year she finally knows the meaning of life? (Spoiler alert: nope). Music – Kweku Owusuโดย affirming the worth of every person since 1944.
 
A classic theater game invites us to say YES to whatever is presented within the imaginative bounds of the game. “Hey, you’re on a spaceship!” “Yes, I am!” In real life, we can’t, and shouldn’t, always say an unqualified yes. At the same time, there is wisdom to be found in the practice of “yes…and,” and how different that can feel from “yes…but.” …
 
Both the great power and the great conflict of the human condition is to crave belonging while finding ways to be separate and creating an “other”. As the politics of identity become central in how we navigate these rapidly changing times, how do we navigate belonging and community? What does it mean – as individuals, families, communities, and ins…
 
Learning to be JoyfulSunday, August 4, 10:30am James CroftJames Croft, Leader, Ethical Society of St. LouisIt’s tempting to think that joy is something that happens to us: an emotion that infects us at special moments, but not something we can actively pursue. In this platform, James Croft suggests that this is not the whole story: we can learn to …
 
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