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Brainstorming the Future of the American Ethical Union

  • Thursday, April 14, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual Meetings

Brainstorming the Future of the American Ethical Union

The American Ethical Union was founded in 1889 as "a federation of Ethical Culture societies and fellowships in the United States."  It has existed, in one form or another, since then.  Due to personnel changes in the national office, it is perfect time to reimagine the AEU - what it does and what it could be.   

Two meetings will be held this week to brainstorm the future of the AEU.  One meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 PM and the second on Thursday, April 14 at 10:00 AM.  All are invited to participate in these meetings.

James Croft, the Leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, posted two provocative blog essays about the future of the American Ethical Union.  They are both short and make good background reading for our brainstorming sessions.  While I do not think that these essays should limit our imagination, it is good to know what is already out there.  These essays can be found here:

Ethical Culture is dead. Long live congregational humanism!

The resurrection of Ethical Culture

These brainstorming sessions are preparation for a presentation by the St. Louis Ethical Society on the Future of the American Ethical Union to be held on Sunday, May 8th.  NoVES will not have an adult platform meeting on May 8th and we encourage members to virtually attend the St. Louis presentation.  More information on the St. Louis presentation will be forthcoming.

I hope to get as broad participation as possible in these two NoVES Brainstorming sessions.  I look forward to hearing your ideas.

To join the Brainstorming session on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 PM use this link:

To join the Brainstorming session on Thursday, April 14 at 10 AM use this link:

Randy Best, Leader

Northern Virginia Ethical Society




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