Maplewood Ethical Culture Society Hosts Free Spring Programs

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The following is from The Ethical Culture Society

Join The Ethical Culture Society this spring to learn more about the refugee crisis, practicing spirituality, health & good food, and music of growth. Also on the calendar is a Senior Meet & Mix on March 12th.

Events are free and welcome to the public. Dates and times are subject to change, so make sure to confirm by calling 973-763-1905. The Ethical Culture Society is located at 516 Prospect St, Maplewood. 

March 5- Richard White, “The Spiritual Guide: Four Steps on the Path of Enlightenment”

51DfRkW0kbL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Professor Richard White is returning to ECS, this time to speak about his new book, The Spiritual Guide, a very practical exploration — without dogmatic answers — to the questions that concern us all about the search for meaning and purpose. His starting point is the question, “How can I live a more spiritual life, a life than can ultimately lead to enlightenment?” The most important steps, he suggests, are staying open to suffering, living a generous life, cultivating mindfulness and wonder, and accepting death but affirming joy.

Richard J. White, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is also the Director of the MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) Program.

March 12- Robert Carey, “Refugees and the Federal Government”


Robert Carey

In testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Bob Carey said, “Despite experiencing unimaginable hardships, violence, and oppression, refugees arrive in this country seeking opportunities, rather than handouts, to re-establish their self-sufficiency and to become productive, integrated members of their communities. HHS’ programs assist refugees and other vulnerable populations in doing just that.”

Robert Carey will provide an overview of the United States Refugee Resettlement Program (USRP). His talk will include a description of the screening and admissions processes for refugees, the legal framework under which the program operates and the services provided to refugees who are admitted to the United States under the Refugee Act of 1980.

Bob was until recently the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the US Department of Health and Human Services. In this role he was responsible for the office charged with the provision of a range of resettlement and support services to refugees, asylees, victims of torture and unaccompanied children through state governments and non-profit organizations across the US.

March 19- Food: Where Eating, Health and Ethical Practices Meet: The Suppers Programs

Join Karen Rose Tank and Dor Mullen of Princeton, NJ as they share an exciting program that promotes optimal and sustainable health and healing. Suppers is a Central New Jersey-based network of support groups serving people who must cook and eat well to be well. The Program started 11 years ago and now hosts about 40 events per month. Suppers is a peer-led, community-based program that runs in private homes and community kitchens.


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Our members cook with real, whole food, creating simple and delicious meals that help us live according to our intentions instead of our impulses. In this non-judgmental, supportive environment, people run personal experiments to discover the way of eating that works best for them. The discussion will include responsible practices and ethical eating.

Karen Rose Tank is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with Rose Health Coaching and The CogniDiet specializing in diabetes, weight loss and blood sugar management. She helps people take control of their health by discovering what foods and lifestyles work for them and how to incorporate these into daily life… turning knowing into doing. Using her personal experience of 21 years of living with type 1 diabetes, Karen enthusiastically shares how she turned her lemons into lemonade (sugar-free). She is a firm believer in peer-based support, facilitating Stable Blood Sugar and Diabetes Success Suppers meetings as well as monthly groups for DiabetesSisters, the national organization for women living with diabetes.

Dor Mullen is the Founder of The Suppers Programs.  She has a masters degree in addictions counseling from The College of New Jersey and worked for 13 years in the garden-based education programs in the Princeton Public School District. In addition to teaching people how to prepare delicious meals from whole foods running about 7 Suppers meetings each week, Dor also hosts workshops on fermenting such foods as sauerkraut, kimchee and kombucha and lectures nationally. Her book, Logical Miracles, presents the founding principles of The Suppers Programs along with over 100 compelling stories of participants and the recipes that supported their success. Many more stories, recipes and additional materials can be found at and

March 26- Amy Blake and Family Education, “Becoming Who We Are”


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How did it happen? What did you learn? What’s shaped you? What have you unlearned? Are we in a constant process of reshaping? Joining this exploration conversation will be Greg Greenway. Greg has been a professional entertainer for over 30 years. A singer/songwriter with eight solo CDs and three more with the internationally touring trio, Brother Sun. Greg was born in Richmond, VA, came into awareness at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, busing and the Vietnam war. Almost his entire artistic life has been lived in Boston and he has sung from Carnegie Hall to Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama. His songs are a mosaic of a considered life in remarkable times. Greg will share his story of growing up in the south and then moving north where his true learning began. Children ages five and older will explore their lives and what learnings are important to them using art, music and literature through the Educational Initiative. Babysitting will be provided for those less than five years of age. You may check Greg’s website at:

March 12- Senior Meet & Mix

Meet & Mix with other seniors on March 12, 2017, from 2-4 pm at the Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood. The admission price is one canned item for the Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Food Pantry. 

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