AMERICAN ETHICAL UNION
94th Annual Assembly

St. Louis, MO
Thursday, June 17, 2010
   
  
    
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Complete Package (with meals)
Tuesday, June 9th

2 pm - 6 pm:  National Leaders Council Meeting  

Wednesday, June 10th

9 am - 5 pm:
  National Leaders Council Meeting
 

Thursday, June 11th

8 am - noon:
  National Leaders Council Meeting

8:30 am - 5 pm:  AEU Board of Directors Meeting

4 pm - 8 pm:  Registration

4 pm - 8 pm:  Exhibitors' Displays Open
 

Thursday Evening - Welcoming Reception & Keynote Speaker
6:30 - 7:30 pm
 

8:00 pm - Keynote Speaker - Floyd Sandford, Prof. Emeritus of Biology, Coe College - performing a one act play he has written titled : "Darwin Remembers"  (details)
The play "Darwin Remembers" - a short synopsis

The paly "Darwin Remembers", written and performed by Floyd Sandford, Professor Emeritus of Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a celebration of the life and significant scientific accomplishments of one of the most hard-working, prolific, and misunderstood scientists who ever lived, the English naturalist Charles Darwin.

In the one-act performance, an elderly Darwin meets a group of visitors (the audience) in the study of his house - Down House - in Kent, England, in 1881, six months before his death.  Darwin reminisces about hsi life as a boy, his education, and his historic 5 year voyage around the world on HMS Beagle, which eventually led him to propose his revolutionary Theory of Natural Selection to explain the fact of evolutionary change as explained in his most famous book "The Origin of Species".  He also discusses his family life, his views about religion, his chronic illness, and his relationship with his scientific contemporaries - friends and foes.  

To date, Sandford has given nearly thirty performances of "Darwin Remembers" to college and university audiences, and at natural history museums, humanist society meetings, and church groups throughout the United States.  It is appropriate to celebrate Darwin in the year of 2009 as it is the 200th anniversary of this birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "The Origin of Species". 

Friday, June 12th

6:30 am - 10 am:  Breakfast (Hotel Guests Only)

8 am - 9 am:  Colloquy and Meditation

8 am - 7 pm:  Registration continues

8 am - 6 pm:  Exhibitors' Displays open

9:15 am - 11:45 am:  AEU Business Meeting
 

National Service Conference Luncheon - with Professor Timothy McBride, Associate Dean for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis  (details)
National Service Conference Luncheon - with Professor Timothy McBride, Associate Dean for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been active in testifying before Congress and consulting on Medicare, insurance and rural policy issues. He has served as a leading health economist shaping the national agenda in rural health care, health insurance, Medicare policy, health economics and access to health care, including access to care for children with special health care needs. His expertise in health care issues for the underserved reflects our NSC focus on needs of developing countries and underserved populations.
Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Ballroom

Workshops 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm  

Working Session:  AEU Business Meeting Issues  (details)
Working Session:  AEU Business Meeting

This will involve a discussion on the issues offered for voting/approval at this years Assembly.
Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Osage Room

Bringing the Best in Later Years: Ethical Culture in Nursing Homes and Hospice Care
Presented by:  Hugh Taft Morales
 (details)
Bringing the Best in Later Years:  Ethical Culture in Nursing Homes and Hospice Care
Presented by:  Eunice Hiott and Hugh Taft-Morales
This workshop will explore how best Ethical Culture can address the challenges confronting the elderly, especially those in nursing homes with few visitors and little family support.  It will reflect on a pre-conference service project celebrating Senior Connections, a St. Louis based non-profit, that trains and guides "relational volunteers" who honor the worth of a partnered resident of a local nursing home.  From the perspective of Ethical Culture history and philosophy, we will discuss how loneliness, illness, and the increasingly real sense of mortality can be processed in a way that brings out the best in the elderly and the volunteers.


Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Missouri Room

Women of Ethical Culture:  An Historical Perspective
Presented by:  Jone Johnson Lewis
 (details)

Women of Ethical Culture: An Historical Perspective

Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society,
presents material from her research on women of the Ethical Culture
movement, especially in the early years, and looks at the attitudes and
beliefs about women's role by our movement's founder, Felix Adler.  She'll
also suggest some resources for a discussion group in your Society around
this topic.  Among the women: Anna Garlin Spencer, Jane Addams, Helen
Goldmark Adler (Mrs. Felix Adler), Josephine and Pauline Goldmark, Cora
Catherine Calhoun, Lily Braun.

Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Columbia Room

Initiatives, Projects, Workshops and Programs to Raise Your Societies' Awareness and Visibility on Green Issues
Presented by:  Curt Collier
 (details)
Initiatives, Projects, Workshops and Programs to Raise Your Societies' Awareness and Visibility on Green Issues
Presented by:  Curt Collier

In addition to helping save our precious planet, Green programs provide Societies with a unique opportunity for community involvement and outreach.  This workshop will explore the various ways hat your community can get involved in green issues that help membership explore low-impact living, while also creating projects that are attractive to others.  We will start with an ethical framework for deeper involvement.  Participants will then learn how to partner with civic and community groups to achieve environment goals.  We will also discuss projects and programs that make a real difference and how to leverage public funding to support your initiatives.  We will focus on habitat restoration projects, youth programming, carbon saving "bank," and possible alliances with the EPA and National Park Service.  Participants will get lots of ideas to take back to their Societies.

Curt Collier is on the Leadership Team of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.  He is creating a second service for that Society that address people's spiritual need for a green ethic.  He is also deputy director of Groundwork USA, a non-profit organization headquartered in Yonkers and spread across the US that builds alliances with residents and civic leaders to restore and reuse formerly contaminated and/or abandoned land.  He is also in charge of programming for The Science Barge - a floating self contained aquaponic greenhouse that demonstrates the potential of urban agriculture using solar, wind, and bio-fuels.

Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Clark Room

3:30 pm - 4 pm - COFFEE BREAK  

Workshops 4:30 pm - 6 pm  

How to Raise Your Society's Income - Success Stories from Around the Movement
Presented by:  Hank Gassner and Scott Walton
 (details)
How to Raise Your Society's Income - Success Stories from Around the Movement - Presented by:  Hank Gassner and Scott Walton

Presentations will include:

  • Effective Pledge Compaigns - Washington Ethical Society (In 2007 Washington's average pledge per member was the highest in the Movement)
  • Improving Your Building Rental Income - Westchester Society (In 2007 Westchester had the highest rental income of non-downtown societies)
  • Increasing Income from Ceremonies - Northern Virginia (While performing ceremonies is primarily done to provide a service and to spread knowledge of the Ethical Movement, it can also be a significant source of income.  NoVES's income per member from ceremonies in 2007 was the highest in the AEU)
  • Other Fund Raising - Presenters TBA (Bergen Society, which in 2007 had the highest fundraising income in the Movement)

There will be time for questions and discussion.  You are invited to share your experiences.  Particularly in difficult economic times, it is important for societies to share information on best practices in raising society income.

Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Osage Room

Creating Strong Ethical Societies in Difficult Times
Presented by:  Michael Durall
 (details)
Creating Strong Ethical Societies in Difficult Times
Presented by:  Michael Durall

The economic times may be tough, but there's also a new spirit of service in the land.  How can Ethical Societies put forth their distinct message and capitalize on a new American Spirit?  Now is the time to strengthen our movement with committed people who will serve at both the local and national level.  This seminar envisions a new tomorrow, including how to finance it.
Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Missouri Room

Ethics in Pop Culture:  Firefly and Serenity
Presented by:  Mary Wittry, Phyllis Duncan, Jennifer Scates and Special Guests
 (details)
Ethics in Pop Culture:  Firefly and Serenity
Presented by:  Mary Wittry, Phyllis Duncan, Jennifer Scates and Special Guests
Where do we find ethics questions, discussions and lessons in the world of popular culture?  This year we look at Firefly - a 14-episode television series that aired in 2002 and Serenity - the 2005 feature film "continuation", and how they posed and dealt with issues such as anti-science elements of American culture, Libertarian ethics, existential philosophy, freedom or the illusion of freedom, governmental control of thought and of behavior, and whether choice is ultimately what defines humanity.  (Previous viewing of the series or the movie is not required.  The series episodes are available for viewing - free! - at www.hulu.com and M Wittry & J Scates particularly recommend "The Train Job", "Object in Space" and "Shindig".)  Transcripts of the shows are also available.
Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Columbia Room

Growing Ethical Society Membership: Tools for Growth
Presented by: Thomas Hoeppner, Martha Gallahue, Randy Best, Tim Beardsley and other Team Members
 (details)
Growing Ethical Society Membership: Tools for Growth
Presented by: Thomas Hoeppner, Martha Gallahue, Randy Best, Tim Beardsley and other Team Members
This interactive workshop will cover the five focus areas identified by the team:  Passion; Lay Leadership; Welcoming; Use of the Internet; Increasing Engagement; and How We Treat Each Other.  The Growth Research Learning Team (GRLT) will both present material and solicit comments from participants about what works well in their societies.
Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Clark Room

AEU Reception:  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Meet the AEU  Director, Staff,  Board Officers and Officer Candidates 
 (details)
This is a time to meet, mingle and get to know the members of the AEU staff, current Board Members and the Member Candidates.  There will be a cash bar made available.

Dinner and Musical Entertainment  (details)
Dinner and Musical Entertainment
Come join us for an evening of building new relationships or renewing old ones through music and song.  Entertainment will be provided by talented members of our ethical societies.  Be prepared to enjoy yourself!
Add to calendarFriday, June 12, 2009 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Ballroom

Saturday, June 13th

6:30 am - 10 am:  Breakfast (Hotel Guests Only)

8 am - 9 am:  Colloquy and Meditation

8 am - 7 pm:  Registration continues

8 am - 6 pm:  Exhibitors' Displays open

 

Platform - Bob Greenwell, Leader, Ethical Society Mid Rivers
10:15 - 11:30 am
 (details)
Platform -  Address will be given by Bob Greenwell, Leader, Ethical Society Mid Rivers and Martha Gallahue, Leader. There will also be a Certification Ceremony for new Leader, Martha Gallahue.
Location: Ballroom

Lunch  
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Restaurant

Workshops 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  

Working Session:  AEU Business Meeting Issues  (details)
Working Session:  AEU Business Meeting

This will involve a discussion on the issues offered for voting/approval at this years Assembly.
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Osage Room

2008 Leaders Statement on Ethical Culture
Presented by:  Tony Hileman, Hugh Taft-Morales and Randy Best
 (details)
2008 Leaders Statement on Ethical Culture
Presented by:  Tony Hileman, Hugh Taft-Morales and Randy Best
The principal authors of the 2008 Leaders Statement on Ethical Culture, Leaders Tony Hileman, Hugh Taft-Morales, and Randy Best, will lead a discussion of the statement's content and how it was drafted and adopted.  The core ideas of Ethical Culture contained in the statement will be presented with reference to historical influences and contemporary thought in the Ethical Movement.  Participants will discuss how the ideas contained in the statement reflect their personal views on Ethical Culture.
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Missouri Room

Ethical Mindfulness
Presented by:  Randal Blaine
 (details)
Ethical Mindfulness
Presented by:  Randal Blaine

Ethical Mindfulness is the practical work of stilling one's self and looking within in order to develop the skill of knowing how to act to elicit the best in another, therefore in one's self.  This group is a personal development activity based on Engaged Buddhist practice as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh and the writings of Felix Adler and other teachers of Ethical Culture.  The aspiration of this group is to facilitate the establishment and development of personal meditative practice within the traditions of Ethical Culture.
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Columbia Room

Growth Transitions for Congregations
Presented by: Alban Institute, Alice Mann  (details)
Growth Transitions for Congregations
Presented by: Alban Institute, Alice Mann
Pastoral-to-program size change is frequently described as the most challenging transition for congregational growth.  Alban Institute, Senior Consultant Alice Mann works with congregational boards and members to create a plan for congregational learning and action in the transition zone.
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Clark Room

3 pm - 3:30 pm  COFFEE BREAK
 

Workshops 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  

Current Topics in Religious Education
Presented by:  Aimee Neumann and Trish Cowan  (details)
Current Topics in Religious Education
Presented by:  Aimee Neumann and Trish Cowan
Learn about the latest issues in Religious Education.  Bring your questions to a team of experts with years of experience creating, running, and teaching in Ethical Sunday Schools.  This will be a hands-on session.  Materials will be available.  Childcare will be provided and kids are welcome. 
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Osage Room

An Ethical Humanist Religious Approach to Living
Presented by:  Richard Kiniry
 (details)
An Ethical Humanist Religious Approach to Living
Presented by:  Richard Kiniry
Ethical Culture has through the years been a Movement that emphasizes concern for social, political and cultural issues.  While personal living has also been addressed through those years, this workshop will attempt to integrate the personal and social into one understanding of life.  It will present one Leader's perception of an Ethical Humanist religious world view and offer opportunities for participants to question and shape their own world view.
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Missouri Room

Defining the National Service Conference of the AEU:  Building Shared Advocacy within local Societies, with non-governmental organizations and UN agencies.
Presented by:  Martha Gallahue
 (details)
Defining the National Service Conference of the AEU:  Building Shared Advocacy within local Societies, with non-governmental organizations and UN agencies.
Presented by:  Martha Gallahue

The workshop will encourage interaction and information sharing of initiatives among Societies.  We will illustrate the value of building networks to enhance effectiveness using our work in the UNA/USA, the inter-spirituality movement, UN Committees, and our AEU Resolutions.

Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Columbia Room

Congregational Development
Presented by:  Alice Mann
 (details)
Congregational Development
Presented by:  Alban Institute, Alice Mann
When congregations recognize that what they have been doing may no longer work, it can be liberating. Facing that situation head-on can enable a congregation to take risks and be creative. Change can be fruitful and satisfying. 
Alice Mann works with a wide spectrum of congregations, helping them strengthen leadership for revitalization and discover appropriate resources.  She is Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute and the author of such books as Can Our Church Live, The In-Between Church & Raising the Roof
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Clark Room

Elliott Black Reception  (details)
Elliott Black Reception - Cash bar will be made available.
Location: Ballroom

Elliott Black Dinner  
Add to calendarSaturday, June 13, 2009 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Ballroom

Elliott Black Award Ceremony  (details)
Elliott Black Award

The Elliott Black Award was established in 1971 to honor two long-term and highly esteemed Leaders of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the late John Lovejoy Elliott and Algernon D. Black.  It is given by the American Ethical Union as a recognition and tribute to an individual or organization in the larger community who has made a significant contribution to society at personal risk and hardship.

Sunday, June 14th

8 am - 9 am:  Colloquy and Meditation

8 am - 12 pm:  Exhibitors' Displays open

10:15
am - 12:45 pm:  AEU Business Meeting

1:15 pm - 4:15 pm:  AEU Board of Directors Meeting - (Open to All)
 

Sunday Farewell Breakfast  (details)
Sunday Farewell Breakfast

A time to say farewell to old and new friends.
Add to calendarSunday, June 14, 2009 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Restaurant

 

Contact Information

  • Law'nence "L" Miller
    Director of Administration
    American Ethical Union
    Phone: 212-873-6500 / Fax: 212-362-0850
    Email: lmiller@aeu.org

Payment Instructions

  • CREDIT CARDS:  Required to reserve your hotel room but will not be charged by the Comfort Inn until you checkout, if you choose this as your form of payment.

    CHECK AMOUNTS SHOULD NOT INCLUDE YOUR HOTEL COSTS - PAYMENT FOR ALL HOTEL CHARGES WILL BE BILLED BY THE COMFORT INN UPON CHECKOUT.

    CHECK PAYMENTS:  Please make checks payable to the American Ethical Union and mail to 2 West 64th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10023.