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Climate Action Now! Native Garden Tour

August 28, 2021
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Bob describes the Pickard’s native garden projects.

Native garden tour at the home of Bob and Cathy Pickard closed the CAN! team’s inaugural season. Bob and Cathy have been planting native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees since 2015, cutting new beds and adding plant diversity every year since. The benefits of gardening with native plants, that is plants that are naturally occurring in the region in which they evolved, include:

  • Provide food, shelter, and a space to raise the young of animals (birds, insects, amphibians, mammals, …) with which they co-evolved.
  • Require less water, fertilizer and pesticides to grow and maintain.
  • Provide aesthetic value.
  • Can store CO2 and help in storm water management.
  • Gardening (native or otherwise) is good exercise.

Interested in learning more? Ready to dig in? Don’t know where to begin? Looking for a bit of guidance for your current efforts? Check out these resources.

  • Wild Ones St. Louis Chapter, a community of native gardeners who meet monthly to educate and support homeowners who wish to learn and develop their own native landscapes.
  • Grow Native! program from the Missouri Prairie Foundation includes a native plant database, sample garden designs, online learning opportunities, and more.
  • Shaw Nature Reserve, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden, located in Gray Summit, MO, where you can visit the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, hike on trails through prairie, woodlands, and wetlands, or engage in a multitude of learning opportunities.
  • Bring Conservation Home, a consultation service and certification program of the St. Louis Audubon Society.
  • Homegrown National Park, a grassroots call to action.

Where can I to purchase native plants, trees, and shrubs? These are sources Bob and Cathy used:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Start small, then grow your habit as you create more habitat. 

CAN! materials

These materials have been prepared by the Society’s CAN! (Climate Action Now!) team. This post and its links do not express or imply an endorsement by the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.

Opening Words from Sun. August 22 by Dave Gutekunst

August 22, 2021
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Hello to everyone in Zoomlandia! I think Zoom messes up our sense of space and time, so I’ll start with a disclaimer: I am greeting you from about ~800 miles to your east, in my new home of Bethesda, Maryland, where I have been for about 10 days. I just started a dream job at the NIH, but even with a dream job, moving is still a stressful and emotionally taxing experience. And that’s what I’d like to talk about today. 

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Anti-Semitism and Anti-Vaxxer Statement

August 16, 2021
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Faith leaders and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page called out anti-Semitism in recent St. Louis County Council meetings today, August 16. Those involved were Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation; Rori Picker Neiss, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis; and Dr. James Croft, Leader with The Ethical Society of St. Louis.

Here is the statement James made at the press conference:

“Good morning. I’m James Croft, the Leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, and my grandfather Captain Fred Croft fought the fascists in World War 2. He was a gunner with the Royal Artillery, a legendary shot, and while fighting on the North African Front, in Libya, he was captured and sent to a Prisoner of War camp.

The treatment of prisoners of war in World War Two tended to be better than that of those the Nazis sent to concentration camps, but they too had their systems for categorizing captives, including badges they sewed to the prisoners’ uniforms to dictate their status. My grandfather was not Jewish, so he escaped the Yellow Star of David. He was not gay like me, so he escaped the pink triangle too. But he was a repeated escapee. He was not content to sit out the war in a Prisoner of War camp, so he tried, multiple times, to escape. For his efforts he was identified with a red circle on his prison garb: a symbol which meant “Shoot on sight”: if he tried to escape again, they weren’t to bother trying to recapture him – my grandfather could just be shot.

I tell this story because when I saw anti-vaccine protesters in Springfield City Council last week turn up wearing yellow Stars of David pinned to their clothing, I thought of my grandfather and everything he sacrificed to fight the regime which used that symbol. Let me be clear: these symbols mean something. They are part of our history and our present: there are people still alive today who were forced to wear that yellow badge in concentration camps. These badges were used to denigrate and demean people, to strip them of their individuality and reduce them to just numbered members of a type, marked for slaughter: this one is a political prisoner; this one is a homosexual; this one is a Jew.

These are symbols of dehumanization, reminders of some of the worst parts of human history, and they are not to be used in a game of political dress-up. You may believe very passionately that the government should not promote the vaccine, but you should not use these symbols – or references to the Holocaust in general – to make your point. To do so defames the memory of those, like my grandfather and like so many US service people, who fought against Fascism. To do so completely undermines any political point you might be trying to make. And to do so brings disgrace upon you. So to those making these wild comparisons between the encouragement to wear a mask or to take a vaccine, and the holocaust: shame on you. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

As for the vaccine itself, I know many of you are skeptical. My friends and colleagues will tell you that I am a skeptical person. Rabbi Talve and Maharat Picker Neiss will tell you that I like to ask critical questions, I like to see the evidence. In that way, although I come from another country, I am a Missourian: I want you to show me. So I understand the desire some of you have to see the evidence that the vaccine works and is safe before getting it yourself. I understand the skepticism.

I understand, too, that is a lot of confusing, conflicting information out there,  It can be difficult to know who are the experts, what to believe.  So I, like most Missourians, try to use my common sense.  I listen to the advice of doctors with expertise in infectious diseases.

The truth is that the results on wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing are in. We asked “show me”, and the studies and the research have shown us that these measures help stop the spread of COVID 19.

Results of the vaccine are also in.  All of the COVID 19 vaccines reduce the chances of contracting COVID 19.  In addition, if you are vaccinated and do catch COVID, even the severe delta strain, you are significantly less likely to have a severe illness.  Over 95% of those dying from COVID 19 have not been vaccinated.

I want you and your family to be safe. I have lost family members and members of my congregation to the virus, and I don’t wish that on anyone. I also want this to be over. I hate wearing a mask, I hate not being able to go to the movies, I hate not seeing my friends. The Ethical Society has been closed for 17 months now, and I’m anxious for our community to get back together. So I understand your impatience.

But I also understand that the quickest and safest way for us to get life back to normal is to get the vaccine, and – for the time being – wear a mask. So I ask all of you to do your part.  Wear a mask.  Use social distancing.  Wash your hands. And, please, get vaccinated.”

Opening Words from Sun. August 15 by Nick Cowan

August 16, 2021
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Hi, I’m Nick and have been a member of the St Louis Ethical Society since 2005. If you don’t recognize me from The Before Times it’s because I was rarely at Platform or Forum. My time was spent in the mural covered walls of the Coming Of Age classroom.

Super thrilled to do opening words this morning. It’s not every day you get asked to be Linda Locke’s opening act!

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Happy Birthday Felix Adler, Father of Ethical Humanism

August 14, 2021
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Yesterday would have been the 170th birthday of Felix Adler, the founder of the first Ethical Society and the father of the Ethical Humanist movement. Unlike many congregational traditions, we don’t worship our founder as a prophet or messiah: we see him as he saw himself, just one human being among many, with no unique connection to any divine power. We recognize our founder as an imperfect, flawed person, who held some views which were radical, exciting, and progressive, and others that today we would see as retrograde, embarrassing, or even wrong.

There is something healthy about our movement’s refusal to venerate to our founder. It reminds us that even the most thoughtful thinkers of one age will be seen as deficient by the next, given moral and social progress. Adler’s views on the appropriate relationship between men and women, for instance, we today recognize as deeply sexist, and became unfashionable in the Ethical Movement even during his lifetime. It is good to be able to reject and improve the views of your founder: otherwise, a movement ossifies and stagnates.

It’s a reminder, too, that no individual is inherently worth more than any other: even people who achieve great things are not existentially exalted. Felix Adler was just a man, for all we are indebted to him. Hero-worship is one of the worst traits of humankind, establishing as it does a hierarchy of human beings, focusing our attention on the few rather than the many, leading countless religious traditions to ruin. Adler himself repeatedly emphasized that the Leaders of the Ethical Movement were fallible human beings, to be questioned and tested by our members. While I sometimes wish the members of the Ethical Society of St. Louis would believe everything I tell them, ultimately I understand it is better that they challenge me – better for me and for our community.

At the same time, it makes sense sometimes to think on what our founder achieved. He was a religious radical who discarded the idea of a personal god at a time when that was much more heretical than it is today. He had the courage of his intellectual convictions to follow where they led, even when that meant away from the Judaism in which he grew up. He proclaimed a new vision for religion: communities which would be welcoming to all people, regardless of their beliefs about God or the afterlife, and which would focus on ethical behavior in this life over any attempt to secure a place in the afterlife.

This new vision led the Ethical Movement, despite its tiny size, to exert major influence on the progressive politics of his day. Adler was a prominent public intellectual during his own lifetime, and his social and political views shaped the public conversation, almost always for the good. The model of a philosopher-activist, he was a tireless campaigner for the rights and dignity of children, immigrants, the poor, and workers. He was a friend to the labor movement and a staunch promoter of international cooperation and peace. He was, in short, a religious visionary with a strong social conscience: a legacy which Ethical Societies should think on as we consider what our communities should be like today.

Sociologically, too, Adler was ahead of his time. He appreciated that the power of congregations is not in the beliefs they promote but in the community they foster: people encourage other people to become good. He once wrote, in response to critics who argued that a non-scriptural tradition could not foster goodness in people:

“It will be objected, how is it possible to induce [people] to make the effort [to be good], there being no authority of book or creed to lean upon. The answer to that is that the method we must pursue is to put [people] in the midst of crowds…[People] who are themselves aflame with the desire for the good can kindle in others the same desire.”

This insight has been multiply confirmed by numerous strands of social science research in the 170 years since Adler’s birth. Studies have repeatedly shown that the power of the congregation is the community, and that what drives members of congregations to contribute more to society is exactly their membership of a community that encourages them to do so. Adler appreciated this instinctively, decades before research showed him to be right.

Finally, we appreciate Felix Adler because his work laid much of the institutional foundation for today’s Humanist movement. There is irony in this, because during his lifetime he rejected the label “Humanist”, which he associated with a strong naturalism which he himself rejected (he preferred his own weird, Kantian collectivism – a philosophical view which never was popular and essentially died with him). Nonetheless, he was a passionate builder of institutions, and understood that no worldview can flourish without institutions to promote it. Some of today’s most prominent national and international Humanist organizations, including Humanists UK and Humanists International, to some degree owe their existence to Adler, and had we continued to follow his institution-building example, the movement might well be larger and more successful now than it is.

So, a belated Happy Birthday to Felix Adler: philosopher, theologian, scholar, activist, institution-builder, and possessor of an unnaturally-large forehead! You built something good, and the world is better for it.

Stephen Meyer, James Croft: Philosophers Battle Over the God Hypothesis

August 4, 2021
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Leader James Croft discusses the book Return of God Hypothesis with Stephen Meyer.

In a public square where the case for intelligent design is typically mocked as unworthy of serious engagement, it’s refreshing to find an exception to this disappointing rule. This past June provided such an exception, as the channel Moot Points hosted a conversation between Stephen Meyer and philosopher James Croft to discuss Meyer’s Return of the God Hypothesis. Michael Shermer likewise set a good-faith example by hosting Meyer on his podcast. Could it be that this signals a broader shift in the landscape of Christian-atheist dialogue? Good news for theistic ID proponents, if so!Evolution News & Science today

This was feature on Evolution News and Science Today. You can also watch it on YouTube.

Opening Words from Sun. August 1 by Board Past-President Stephanie Sigala

August 2, 2021
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Hello out there in Zoomland! I am reaching out across the ethernet to talk to you for four minutes about the American Ethical Union Assembly business meeting.

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Opening Words from Sun. June 20 by Ray Preston (w/ Lisa Manzo Preston)

June 20, 2021
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RAY: Good morning, it is Sunday June 21st…and it looks like it will be a beautiful…

LISA: WRONG! It’s not the 21st…it’s the 20th. That’s fake news! You’re fake news!

RAY: Perhaps that was an honest mistake. Perhaps I merely got it wrong and there was no nefarious intent.

LISA: NO! You’re fake news!

RAY: I worked as a journalist for 34 years. I was a reporter, photographer, editor, news producer and anchor at stations in Texas, California, Oklahoma and Missouri. I’ve worked at network affiliates for NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX.

A few years ago I was covering widespread flooding in west St. Louis County. We were ready to go live from the water’s edge. An SUV cruised past us slowly and someone rolled down the window and yelled “Fake news!” at us.

I had worked all day interviewing homeowners who had several feet of water in their homes. Emergency workers who had been helping people escape the flood waters.

So what was “fake” in my story? Was I reporting that the river level was 14 feet over flood stage when it was really 16 feet? I was quoting the National Weather Service.

But that was my knee-jerk faction. I know that yelling “FAKE NEWS!” at me was shorthand for “I don’t trust the media. I think you have an agenda that you’re pushing.”

Fake news is nothing new. It’s been with us for generations. If you don’t think so that means you haven’t been paying attention in the grocery store check-out line and overlooked such headlines as:

  • HILLARY CLINTON ADOPTS ALIEN BABY
  • TWO-HEADED SPACE ALIEN SHOT BY FARMER
  • I WAS BIGFOOT’S LOVE SLAVE: NOW I’M PREGNANT WITH HIS BABY

The problem with such publications is that they mix these stories in with legitimate news stories. So they muddy the waters.

What’s true and what is something straight-out of FantasyLand? Legitimate stories about cancer research are next to stories about ancient civilizations being found on Mars.

And to confuse people even more here comes a growing number of “citizen journalists.” Those who have a cell phone and broadcast their reports often adding their thoughts and feelings about what is happening. And, for the most part, they are accountable to no one.

When there is unrest on the streets of St. Louis I often monitor these broadcasts. I have absolutely no problem with people doing this but I’ve come to the conclusion that they should be referred to as “citizen REPORTERS” because they are indeed reporting what is going on, but I don’t believe they should be called JOURNALISTS because, in my mind, a journalist is balanced and objective. A journalist withholds their opinions.

I grew up during Watergate. Journalists were to be respected and honored.

So why have they fallen from grace in so many instances? The fault lies, in part, with the news business itself. And it is a business. There is a certain percentage of those in the news business who will exaggerate, embellish or mislead. Just as there is a certain percentage of lawyers, doctors, judges, accountants, priests, police officers, computer programmers, on and on who fall short of acceptable standards.

But, of course, education can change this. Otherwise we’ll continue to wonder if the headlines are legit. Headlines such as…

  • ALIEN BIBLE FOUND: THEY WORSHIP OPRAH
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A WOMAN: WAS JOHN WILKES BOOTH HIS JILTED LOVER?
  • NEWS REPORTER EATEN ALIVE BY 80-FOOT DINOSAUR

Of course some of those headlines are easier to figure out than others. Thanks for listening.

NOTE: The ideas and opinions in this post do not necessarily express the thoughts or opinions of the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.

Opening Words from Sun. June 13 by Brett Bartrum

June 13, 2021
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When I asked to give opening words this week I was surprised by the theme being revelation. Growing up Mormon we heard a lot about revelation as it’s what the church was founded on. In Mormonism, revelation is communication from God to man. They believe that Jesus Christ and God spoke to Joseph Smith directly in person to start the church.

Since I’m not Mormon anymore I don’t want to spend much time going into that.

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Opening Words from Sun. June 6 by John Whittier

June 6, 2021
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I should preface the body of my talk with a disclaimer. The following will mention the age 75. For those in the audience who are past this age, which includes my life partner, this may cause some discomfort. It is not my intention to cause discomfort, and I apologize to anyone made uncomfortable by my talk, but discomfort cannot be avoided when discussing end-of-life decisions. Also be aware that the age of 75 is not meant to apply to all persons, it is merely a starting point and is meant to be adjusted as fits each individual’s circumstances.

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Opening Words from Sun. May 30 by Christian Hayden

May 30, 2021
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My name is Christian, my pronouns are he/him/his and I am interning as a leader in training with the Ethical Society of St. Louis. I want to use this time as both an invitation and time to reflect.

The pandemic has taken a toll on literally everything; my physical health, my mental emotional wellbeing, and stressed the social ties I formed over the years. Nevertheless, I am not trying to lose sight of the fact this is a uniquely opportune moment for transformation. Few times in one’s life, or if you are a millennial too many times in one’s life, are there these seismic shifts-communally felt disruptions in one’s routine.

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Opening Words from Sun. May 9 by Leader James Croft

May 9, 2021
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Hello everyone. I decided to give Opening Words today because I wanted to give an update on where we are. It has now been more than a year since we closed the Ethical Society’s building due to COVID. In that time we have achieved so much together as a community. We transferred all our programs online; developed many new ones; and have done everything we could to keep this community together despite being physically distant. I want to take a moment to thank our staff: Christian Hayden; Nancy Jelinek; Louise Jett; Kat Wier; JD Brooks; and Terri Arscott. They have all worked incredibly hard to ensure that the Ethical Society of St. Louis remained a community, even if only virtually. I also want to thank all the members who have stepped up to offer online programs: there are too many of you to name, but each of you has made a huge different to the life of this community. Thank you.

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Climate Action Now! Climate Justice

May 2, 2021
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The negative impacts of climate and environmental degradation often fall most heavily on marginalized peoples in this country and around the world. Climate justice is a subset of environmental justice.

Presenter: Climate Action Now! and End Racism teams

Presentation slides (pdf, 200k)
Key points from presentation and breakout groups (pdf, 252k; image, 226k)

ACTIONS – Climate Justice

  • Watch the PBS series “My World Too” showcasing sustainable living practices from around the World
  • Make a environment/climate justice sign and participate in BLM protest (16-May and then every second Sunday, from 1-2 pm, in front of the Society)
  • Read about and contribute to the Solutions Project
  • Discuss the relationship between the climate change and race with your friends and family
  • Take the Environmental Justice self study program from Washington University
  • Learn about and participate in programs from “Just Moms STL” about Bridgeton’s West Lake landfill superfund site

Related Links

CAN! materials

These materials have been prepared by the Society’s CAN! (Climate Action Now!) team. This post and its links do not express or imply an endorsement by the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.

St. Louis faith leaders express ‘horror and total opposition’ to church firearms bill

April 29, 2021
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Ethical Society leader James Croft and other religious leaders to denounce a proposed law to allow concealed weapons in houses of worship.

James Croft, leader of the Ethical Society of St Louis, joined to express “horror and total opposition to House Bill 944.”

Watch the KSDK report.

“Accidental Courtesy” – Noah Schrenk’s Coming of Age Graduation Address

April 25, 2021
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Recently I saw a documentary about a man named Daryl Davis. He is a musician who plays the piano. But more than that, he’s a man who reaches out to members of the Ku Klux Klan, who makes friends with them, and changes their minds. It started when he talked with someone from the Southern Poverty Law Center who told him that you can’t change peoples’ minds. His story is captured in a documentary called “Accidental Courtesy.”

Daryl Davis is Black. It surprised me that KKK members they would ever talk to a black guy, much less listen to him. That seems contradictory to me.

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“The Paradox of Mask-wearing” – Rhys Harden’s Coming of Age Graduation Address

April 25, 2021
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One day in the past year I went to Target with my grandma. A police officer at the door told people to put on their masks on. As soon as they walked away, from the police, they pulled it down to their chin and kept walking.

I saw that and was immediately pissed off. Don’t they know…masks don’t just protect you — but also the other person? It’s a paradox.

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“The Art of Worldbuilding” – Douglas Finney’s Coming of Age Graduation Address

April 25, 2021
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Hello. My pronouns are they/them, and I’m interested in reading and writing more than most other things. In fact, I’ve already finished writing the first drafts of three separate novels. You might not be surprised to know I spend most of my time reading.

My favorite genre is fantasy, probably due to the fact that within those stories, nothing needs to conform to the rules of the real world. Societies could have completely different ideals, or natural laws could differ, or something else could be divergent that would entirely change the world in ways it can be difficult to imagine.

Since I can design these worlds with nearly any major or minor modification I wish, I can see some of the ways how our world might be different or might change. This is especially evident when I change things like societal norms and conventions or other parts of our society, as those are things that could actually change within our world.

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Derek Chauvin Verdict

April 23, 2021
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The American Ethical Union’s Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict This Week

The American Ethical Union joins with all Americans who strive for racial justice, and especially the Black community, in acknowledging the conviction of police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, 2020. The conviction brings a rare moment of accountability for the relentless killings of Black people at the hands of the police.

The murder of George Floyd by Officer Derek Chauvin, as he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded for his life, occurred in broad daylight before witnesses. The egregious and blatant nature of the murder, and the fact that the entire encounter was video-taped by a courageous teenager, sparked the most widespread demonstrations for racial justice in American history.

The killings of People of Color by the police has been relentless. The murder of George Floyd brought into stark relief the pervasive racism that characterizes much of policing in America and the immunity and lack of accountability that shield the police from prosecution. We note that between 2013 and 2019, only 1% of killings by police have resulted in criminal charges.

The Ethical Culture Movement has long committed itself to the struggle for civil rights and racial justice. The central value of Ethical Culture is the respect for dignity of all people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or social status. This commitment has animated anti-racism initiatives and our abhorrence at police practices that have denied the full humanity of People of Color.

We hope that the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is not so much the just resolution of a particularly egregious case, as it is the beginning of a transformation of police practices and, more broadly, the overcoming of racism in American society. Whether this trial marks an inflection point remains to be seen. 

A noteworthy part of the trial was testimony by the Minneapolis police chief condemning Chauvin’s action as a violation of police norms, practices and ethical values. As such, it marked an extremely rare, but highly visible, crack in the “blue wall of silence” which for far too long has shielded police from public accountability. We hope that this will not simply be the defining of the crime as an exceptional violation easily isolated and rationalized, but rather that this high profile moment in the trial will initiate an essential transformation of police culture. It can mark a reorientation of police loyalties toward primary devotion to the public whom the police are sworn to serve and away from mere protection of their own. We urge that it does.

Policing in America is in need of immediate and radical reform inclusive of how police are recruited and trained. We commend efforts to reorganize the function of police to reassign services they are ill-equipped to execute to professionals trained for those functions and can do so in ways that lessen confrontations with the public and are non-violent. We strongly support the Senate’s passage of The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. The Act will create uniform national standards for policing, including increasing police accountability, require the use of body cameras, abolish “no-knock” warrants, mandate that police officers use deadly force only as a last resort, and other long-sought reforms.

We recognize that the racism that pervades policing in America and the immunity that the police enjoy from being held accountable for the killing of Black people is a symptom of deeper and long-standing racism that pervades American society. The police would not act with a sense of impunity if they felt that their behavior was not enabled by society at-large. Radical reforming of the police alone, therefore, is not sufficient. Social attitudes need to change and racism needs to be expunged from all American institutions. Only then can we claim to truly be the nation of, for and by all our diverse citizenry. In accordance with the highest values of Ethical Culture, the full humanity of Black people and all People of Color needs to be recognized and honored.

The American Ethical Union pledges itself to work with others toward that end.

See this statement on the AEU website.

Opening Words from Sun. April 18 by Cathy Pickard

April 18, 2021
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“If you build it, they will come.” That thought ran through my mind a lot last summer, as Bob and I spent countless hours working in our expansive backyard. And, no, we did not create a ball field, expecting to see the ghosts of baseball’s past emerge from the mist. For those who don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, the reference is to the 1989 film “Field of Dreams”, starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer, who, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields, hoping the infamous Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1919 Chicago White Sox will come and play.

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Climate Action Now! How Low Can You Go? Track Your Personal Climate Impact with Carbon Footprint Calculators

April 11, 2021
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How to measure your carbon footprint and track the impact of your changes.

We are all familiar with dietary choices being associated with different climate impacts: a carnivorous diet has a significantly greater impact than a vegan one. But what about organic vs. non-organic? Internationally or locally grown? What about the type of packaging it comes in? Every single thing you consume in the modern world has a unique carbon impact associated with it, including (but not limited to) personal hygiene, fashion sense, electronics usage, transportation, and even recreational activities. Carbon footprint calculators allow you to measure the size of your personal carbon footprint and to break down the relative significance of each of the different types of consumption in your total carbon emissions. Find out which of your lifestyle choices have the most potential to reduce your individual climate impact!

Presenter: Michelle Elmore

Presentation slides (PDF 1 mb)

ACTIONS – Carbon footprint

  • Explore carbon footprint calculators using the “advanced” mode when available.
  • Note the areas in your lifestyle with the greatest carbon emissions. Test yourself to reduce the impacts of these over time.
  • Learn about the impacts of the foods you consume, goods you buy, services you utilize, and activities you do, and just be cognizant of these impacts.
  • Reuse and recycle to reduce your carbon emissions.
  • Return to the carbon footprint calculator at a later date to see how much your emissions have decreased!

Calculator Links

  • The results of the Global Footprint Network’s calculator tell you how many Earths we would need for everyone to share your lifestyle and what your personal Overshoot Day is.
  • The CoolClimate Network of The University of California – Berkeley offers a detailed calculator that emphasizes the comparison between your personal impact and that of the average person within your demographic. It also recommends changes to lifestyle and consumption habits with modifiable options to weigh the impact of potential changes for you to consider.
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s calculator has a helpful bar chart that updates in real time as your responses are added and offers suggested actions to offset your emissions.
  • The Inquiry to Student Environmental Action’s calculator is highly detailed and has a sliding bar that updates in real time as your responses are added.
  • Carbon Footprint is a UK-based resource that provides tools to calculate your personal carbon footprint and offers tips to reduce it.
  • The EPA’s calculator provides estimated carbon emission reductions based on alternative actions to be taken.
  • The United Nations offers a unique calculator which allows you to calculate the carbon emissions associated with a particular consumer good.
  • BBC News offers an interactive applet that lets you explore the greenhouse emissions associated with different types of foods.

CAN! materials

These materials have been prepared by the Society’s CAN! (Climate Action Now!) team. This post and its links do not express or imply an endorsement by the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.

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