Democracy and war; Kate Lovelady, Leader

In 1902, Felix Adler asked “Two Ethical Questions” about the Philippine War: “Is it treason to condemn a war waged by our country while the war is still in progress?” and “Are civilized nations justified in adopting uncivilized methods of warfare?” Throughout our history, Ethical Culture has struggled with vital questions for a democracy at war, and the words of past Ethical Leaders (who have run the gamut from interventionist to pacifist) clearly are still relevant today.

This Sunday we’ll hear modern “translations” of Ethical Culture thoughts on war, from Adler’s day to the 2003 and 2006 resolutions against the Iraq War passed by the National Leaders Council and the American Ethical Union, and we’ll explore the decisions we need to make as ethical citizens today.