A Typical Sunday at Ethical Society Mid Rivers:
The children attend the first 10-15 minutes of the platform presentation with the adults, after which they attend their SEEK class in another room. SEEK class runs year-round.
Our average class size is about 10 children to allow for individualized instruction each Sunday.
All children are in the same room and are taught together. Older children are involved in the teaching and mentoring when possible. Little children can take a break with a teaching assistant and play if needed during the SEEK lesson.
Babies can be kept in the platform with their parents or with the teaching assistant in SEEK.
For High Schoolers:
High School kids can determine with their parents each Sunday whether they attend the platform with adults or help the younger children in SEEK.
We are currently forming a youth group for this age. The topics, activities and volunteer projects will be directed by the high school students themselves with their advisor. The youth group would meet at a separate time.
Parents are asked to help teach SEEK in a rotating schedule. Generally, parents teach one Sunday every 2 months. All adult members of the Society are invited from time to time to assist in teaching our wonderful kids.
SEEK lessons are standalone lessons but can also be part of a longer unit.
Lessons can be the teacher’s choice or determined by the parents as a whole.
Currently, the children are exploring World Religions in order to create tolerance and understanding in our world.
Future topics include world hunger, our ethical culture, ethical heroes and exploration of the SEEK core values.
To encourage kids to explore their community and world in addition to providing families an opportunity to spend time together. We have been offering field trips about once a month. These trips are usually free and correlate to the SEEK topic. They generally take place on Sunday after the platform.
The SEEK kids are a guiding force in choosing and executing our Ethical Action. Projects have included raising funds, in-kind donations and hands on activities.
Past projects have supported; Five Acres Animal Shelter, Youth In Need, Ronald McDonald House, 100 Neediest Cases.
Ethical Family Scouting:
SEEK Families are invited to join the Navigators Chapter 33, an inclusive scouting group started by the Ethical Society St. Louis.
Ethics is my way.
Every person is important and unique.
Every person deserves to be treated fairly and kindly.
I can learn from everyone.
I am part of this earth; I cherish it and all the life upon it.
I learn from the world around me by using my senses, mind, and feelings.
I am a member of the world community which depends on the cooperation of all people for peace and justice.
I can learn from the past to build for the future.
I am free to question.
I am free to choose what I believe.
I accept responsibility for my choices and actions.
I strive to live my values.
The 12 Core Values were developed as simpler expressions of Eight
Commitments of Ethical Culture (ratified by the National Leaders Council) and
of the Mission Statement of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, by the Ethical
Education Committee of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, in 1989, and adopted (and slightly adapted) by Ethical Society Mid Rivers at its inception in 2003.