Ethical Society Mid Rivers

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Two phrases you will hear often repeated in the Ethical Societies across America are "Deed before Creed" and "Our goal is to bring out the best in others and thereby in ourselves."

The speakers' topics cover a wide range of interests... from philosophy to social issues to current events to environmental issues.

Children are invited to attend our Sunday Ethical Education for Kids (SEEK) programs while their parents attend the main program.

Our meetings are informal and guests are welcome.

The Opinion Pages | Letters

A Canadian Welcome for Syrian Refugees


To the Editor:

You are to be congratulated on your extensive article about Syrian refugees and their warm welcome by their Canadian sponsors (“Refugees Hear a Foreign Word: Welcome,”  front page, July 1). It puts a human face on people we have been encouraged to fear and reject in this election cycle.


The article has personal resonance for me. Ten years ago I founded an organization that provides housing and a range of humanitarian services for asylum seekers fleeing persecution and war. Almost all are survivors of torture. We locate hosts who have spare bedrooms to provide housing and then mobilize volunteers to offer the support necessary to enable our guests to achieve total independence in American society.


Despite the egregious and opportunistic fear-mongering of Gov. Chris Christie, who has declared that the state of New Jersey will not help resettle any Syrian refugees, I am proud to say that we have resettled two Syrian families, one that shared our home with my wife and me. We found them to be delightful people whose greatest interest was to establish themselves in their new homeland and build a viable future for themselves and their children.


Though our clients could not be more different from their hosts with regard to race, ethnicity, cultural background and, most dramatically, life experience, over time winning relationships are molded and our common humanity comes to the fore.


JOSEPH CHUMAN

Hackensack, N.J.


The writer is the founder of the Northern New Jersey Coalition for Political Asylum Seekers and a professor of human rights at Columbia University.


Recently the much anticipated visit to ESMR by a the an exceptional leader of the national Ethical Movement, Hugh Taft-Morales, resulted in a weekend of fellowship and studies in the area of Ethical Culture. This video of his platform presentation is a perfect primer for those wishing to get a feel for what the Ethical Society is all about.


Hugh Taft-Morales taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, D.C., having earned a Masters in Philosophy from University of Kent at Canterbury, England in 1986 and having graduated from Yale University in 1979. In 2009 he completed a three-year leadership certification program with the Humanist Institute, and he was certified by the American Ethical Union in 2010 as an Ethical Culture Leader.ecently ,


Hugh has been an invigorating presence in Ethical Culture. He has been active in the Washington Ethical Society, serving as director of its Coming-of-Age program (2009-2011), a Board member (2002-2005), and Board president (2006). He has also been engaged in American Ethical Union work, serving on the AEU planning committee for two years, as co-coordinator for the Presidents Council AEU for a year, and as secretary of the AEU National Leaders Council at present. , He is a consulting Leader with the Ethical Society Without Walls and serves as Secretary of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union. He joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.


His vision for Ethical Culture is that it flourish as a clearly defined and reenergized movement inspired by Ethical Humanism and effective in collective ethical action and social justice campaigns. He is humbled and grateful for the challenge of working in Ethical Culture as a leader.


Hugh – who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service – has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.


Singing and playing guitar, practicing yoga, and watching “way too much sports” are among Hugh’s enjoyments.

A welcoming dinner for Hugh was held at the home of our board president on Saturday evening.
Hugh (left) took advantage of the occasion to do one of his favorite thisgs, play music.
Saturday featured an evening of dinner, fellowship, and music.
Hugh Taft-Morales' platform talk for ESMR
Hugh Taft-Morales' paper on Ethical Society membership
ESMR Press Release about Hugh Taft-Morales' visit

Ethical Society Mid Rivers meets on

Sunday Mornings - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road

Saint Peters, Missouri  63376


Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 10:30am

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Dr. Stuart Slavin, M.D., M.Ed
"Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in High School Students: Challenges and Opportunities"

Dr. Slavin will provide an overview of  his experience  working to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in medical students at Saint Louis University. A a pediatrician and father of two adolescent daughters, he will discuss how this work  could inform strategies to reduce stress and improve the mental health and well-being of high school students.

Stuart Slavin, M.D., M.Ed. is Associate Dean for Curriculum and Professor
of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Slavin completed his residency
training in pediatrics at UCLA and then served as a faculty member there for 17 years before
returning to St. Louis in 2004. At UCLA, Dr. Slavin was a leader in both interdisciplinary and
pediatric education. He was cofounder of the Doctoring course at UCLA, an innovative,
longitudinal, case-based course that has served as a model for curricular change across the U.S.
At UCLA, he served as clerkship director, residency director, and Vice Chair for Education in the department of Pediatrics.
In addition to his administrative duties at Saint Louis University, Dr. Slavin teaches actively in
the undergraduate medical curriculum and serves as director of the Applied Clinical Skills series of courses. He has led significant efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of medical students at SLU and has recently expanded his work to residents, college students, and high school students.
Dr. Slavin has given workshops and presentations at regional and national medical education meetings as well as at medical schools across the US and internationally. He has received numerous education and teaching awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2013

Sunday, July 31t, 2016 at 10:30am

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Closed for our
"5th Sunday Break"

ESMR is closed on the fifth Sunday of any month. However, a field trip is being planned for this day, to Rush Acres farm. All are welcome to join our SEEK families, where you can meet their alpacas and Nigerian& Suri dwarf goats. They also have fresh farm-raised eggs, homemade jams, jellies and extracts, goat milk soap, lotions, alpaca yarn and apparel and other handcrafted items.

April 27th 2014: Rachel Levi: "Understanding the Good Food Movement"

Rachel Levi, Program Director of EarthDance Farms, described the work done on and by EarthDance Farms which is a non-profit organic farm school located at Missouri's oldest organic farm. In her current position at EarthDance, Rachel oversees the organization's various educational programs, seeks funding opportunities, and manages partnerships. Her current position allows her to facilitate transformative hands-on learning for adults and children through EarthDance's apprenticeship and youth programming. She is enthusiastic to continue growing the good food movement!

March 23rd 2014: Jillian Adams: "Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and Current Reproductive Health Legislation"

Jillian Adams, Planned Parenthood will talk about the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and current reproductive health legislation and will offer opportunities for making a healthier community. Jillian Adams, MSW, is the St. Louis-based grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. 

March 9th 2014:  "Going Where Gender Isn't," by Andy Semler.

Andy explains; "Genderqueer people are gaining increased visibility within a society that doesn't legally recognize our existence, but we are still a minority within a minority. This talk will explore the social, economic and health aspects of living outside the gender binary in the USA. I will also share from my own 'coming of gender' story, as we begin a broader dialog. What can the humanist community do to create a society where people of all genders flourish?" Andy is an active member of the LGBT Center of St. Louis, the Metro Trans Umbrella Group, and the greater online community of non-binary trans and genderqueer folk everywhere.