Tag Archives: community

Recommended Readings on “Community”

Joseph Chuman, Ph.D. “Ethical Culture: What It Is and Why It Is Important.” The Ethical Platform, January 30, 1994. New York Society for Ethical Culture. Erickson, Edward L. The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion. New York: A Frederick Ungar Book, 1988. Amitai Etzioni. The Spirit of Community: The Reinvention of American Society. Envisions a new moral, social, and public order without puritanism or oppression built on shoring up morality in home,… Read More »

Community Life

(author?) The Ethical Movement takes an approach to life that focuses on the profound ethical dimension of human experience. In this sense they treat “ethics as a religion”. The essence of the Ethical Movement is the belief that every person is uniquely precious and irreplaceable, that each person has the potential for good, and that life is most meaningful and rewarding when lived ethically. The Ethical Movement believes that ethics… Read More »

Characteristics of Authentic Community

• Inclusive • Clear boundaries • Affirm individuals as they are and may become • Mutuality: freedom and equality • Commitment • Realism • Awareness • Openness • Vulnerability: attention to safety • Honest • Disagreement without disagreeability (fair fights) • Celebrate and transcend difference • Love of community • Leaderful adapted from: Peck, Starhawk, others

01 Community

What is Authentic Community? Authentic: “Being actually and exactly what the thing in question is said, or claims, to be.” Community: Readings below will stimulate discussion about what community is and has the potential of being. The salient questions that each of can ask are –What should an authentic Ethical Society community be? What should it do? How would its members interact with each other? What do I want from my Ethical… Read More »

Healthy Congregational Leadership

What makes for healthy congregational leadership?  Here is a discussion tool for lay leadership courses, board development time, etc. Text from that file: Peter Steinke’s book, Healthy Congregations: A System Approach (1996), looks at how congregation leaders act in healthy systems.  He is using “leader” in the general sense, including all volunteer and professional leaders within the congregation. He identifies behaviors of emotionally and spiritually healthy leaders, including (in no… Read More »