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Recommended Readings on Commitment

Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton. Habits of the Heart Individualism and Commitment in American Life. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1985. ___________. Readings on the Themes of Habits of the Heart New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1987. Kennon L. Callahan. Effective Church Finances: Fund-Raising and Budgeting for Church Leaders. San Francisco: Harper, 1992. __________. Effective Church Leadership: Building on the Twelve Keys. San Francisco: Harper, 1990. _________. Twelve… Read More »

Seven Most Often Asked Questions about Pledging

1. Why give money to the Ethical Society? Only by investing our money will the Ethical Society philosophy and program succeed. It’s our community and purpose; we have to support it. 2. Can I contribute time and talent instead of money? The more time and talent we invest, the more it costs for mailings, meetinghouse, staff and leadership to support those programs. Participation is the heart of our community, but… Read More »

Our Money and Our Ethics

Our Money And Our Ethics Putting Our Money Where Our Values Are An Appeal and Study Guide by the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union There is a deep concern in the Ethical Movement, shared by lay and professional leaders, that if we are to enter the 21st century as a force to be reckoned with the Movement needs: (1) More members, (2) More financial support. A past… Read More »

12 Keys to Effective Congregations

Adapted to humanistic language appropriate to Ethical Societies, the following are the 12 keys to congregational growth, according to this model: One major effective outreach program: building a more humane world in the broader community One-to-one relationship-building within the Ethical Society: help and hope for human hurts, connection with members and friends of the Ethical Society Sunday platform meetings that are warm and welcoming, intellectually stimulating and encouraging of ethical… Read More »