Recordings of Sunday Platform addresses
Art Reyes III leads a working class community organizing organization in Michigan that works to build multi-racial solidarity in one of the most segregated states in the country. This requires building a spirit of linked fate, that one’s liberation is intimately connected to others. Art will discuss what this has looked like in a time of rising white nationalism and threats of violence in Michigan, and how multi-racial, working-class communities have been building the capacity not only to respond but to vision and build a world where we all have dignity.
Throughout human history we have struggled to liberate ourselves. Human beings have fought for freedom against oppressive governments, cultures, and situations for millennia. What does it mean to be liberated? What can we learn from the struggles of the past? What are the great struggles for liberation in our own time? And how can Humanists heed our calling to create a world in which the dignity of all is recognized – in which all people live free.
Darrion Cockrell, who was recently named Missouri’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, will explore how his background and upbringing affected his view on life. He will explore how his own struggles lead him into teaching, and how he works to change the fixed mindsets of his students to something more expansive.
For our annual Pledge Platform, Leader James Croft will examine how we have had to expand our own concept of our community in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and how we have worked to examine different ways to remain in community despite our building being closed. Be Inspired. Be Invested.
Ecologically speaking, the edge effect results in greater diversity of life in a region where the edges of two adjacent ecosystems overlap, but social scientists also propose that the edge effect can help cultivate creativity in people who are exposed to different cultures. The edge effect may have been at play when some of our most revolutionary thinkers had creative breakthroughs, possibly even when Felix Adler founded Ethical Culture.
Myriam Springuel is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Services (SITES) and Smithsonian Affiliations. For over 65 years, SITES, the largest traveling exhibition program in the world, has brought art and historical artifacts from the Smithsonian collection to communities across the US. SITES not only presents exhibitions in museums, science centers, and botanical gardens but also in nearly 2,000 rural communities since 1994 through the Museum on Main Street program. Myriam will explore how expanding the museum experience beyond the museum can help expand people’s minds.
For the past seven years the Ethical Society of St. Louis has supported the Ugandan Humanist Schools Trust. In that time, we have collectively donated almost $200,000 to schools and students in Uganda, helping fund student scholarships, provide needed supplies, and even build a new building. As we renew our commitment to the Ugandan Humanist Schools in a year of unprecedented challenges.
In the late 90s, British Airways undertook a review of the various reward and recognition schemes in place worldwide and consolidated them under a single, integrated scheme: Bravo! Bravo! was the response to a global survey of employee expectations regarding how BA should recognize the contribution of its employees to the success of the airline, beyond financial remuneration. It explored the differences between Motivation, Reward and Recognition and asked fundamental questions about what it meant to feel valued in the workplace – and beyond.
Liz Croft, who created Bravo!, will explore what we can learn about how to recognize others from her experience creating recognition schemes for one of the world’s iconic companies.
The Ethical Society of St. Louis is delighted to present its annual Ethics in Action Award to Gary Morse, PhD, honoring his work with Places for People. Places for People was founded 47 years ago in response to the then new federal policy of deinstitutionalization, which moved patients living in mental institutions back into the community. Today, Places for People serves more than 2,000 people annually, offering an individualized approach to health and healing. In this special ceremony Dr Brian Vandenberg, Joe Yancey, Bernadette Stapleton, and Dr Morse will speak about his work.
Our society is beset by numerous interlinked crises: political dysfunction, economic collapse, and environmental degradation combine to make a megacrisis. How can we honestly recognize the danger we are in as a nation and as a global community, while maintaining the sense of hope and efficacy required for us to make a difference?
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