July 5
A weekly newsletter to keep you informed.
What's in this week's news?
Summer Platform Time Change!
For the months of July and August, WES will have one Sunday platform at
We will also continue to live stream throughout the summer. If you find yourself traveling or unable to attend, we hope you'll consider tuning in on Facebook.

If you're interested in joining the live streaming team, now is your chance! We are looking for someone who can run the live stream (super easy setup with straightforward directions) on Sunday, July 9 and Sunday, July 16. If you're interested, please email Robyn at robynk@ethicalsociety.org.

2017 YES Conference: Teens Save the Date!
The  Youth of Ethical Societies (YES) will connect teens from throughout the Ethical Culture Movement for another full weekend of discussion, play, brainstorming, performance, campfires, and bonding.

Who: Teens
When: Friday, November 10 - 
Sunday, November 12
Where: Frost Valley, New York
Pre-conference begins Thursday, November 9, 7pm at  New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023.
Frost Valley: 2000 Frost Valley Rd, Claryville, NY 12725

For more information on the WES teen group or the YES Conference, we invite you to email Teen Group Coordinator Mike Kravitz at mikek@ethicalsociety.org.
WES Welcomes a Summer Seminarian
Anthony and Je Hopper this past Sunday at WES.
We are delighted to welcome Anthony Cruz to join us as our Summer Seminarian in July, August, and early September. Anthony connected with us through the Humanist Clergy Collaboratory hosted at WES this past Spring, and we are delighted that he'll be able to spend some time learning more about Ethical Culture and Unitarian Universalism. 

You can participate not just by including Anthony in meetings you have or WES events (or other events in the wider community), but also by hosting him for dinner. Please sign up to do so here:   www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904094AA9AA2A1-dinners 

Anthony can be reached at  cruzanthony.1992@gmail.com!

This Sunday's Platform

"Relationship Building: WES's Grounding and Growing Love" Amanda Poppei. How do we build a culture in a community like ours--one that values communication and allows us to navigate conflict well? Amanda, joined by words from Jo London and Bob Pokorney, will reflect on WES's historical Relationship Building curriculum and the ways that work informs our unfolding culture. Music from Josh Blinder.

This Sunday at WES.

Biology Reading Group, 12:15pm, Library. The Biology Reading Group meets the second Sunday of every month in the Library. Paul Baker will moderate the discussion. We will be reading the Introduction and Parts 1 and 2 of "Power, Sex, Suicide." If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for the group please follow this link: http://eepurl.com/cFxZzL For further information get in touch with Paul Baker, plbaker@me.com.


Red-Blue Communication Workshop, 1pm, Social Hall. Wondering how to put your ethical beliefs into action? Want to help change our divisive political climate? Join us this Sunday afternoon for an introductory workshop on communicating across the red-blue divide.  Participants will have the opportunity to: take stock of the challenging times we are living in, understand differences between conservatives and liberals, and learn proven methods to find common ground. For more information, contact john@daken.name or gmcdowellowen@gmail.com.



SEEK SEEK -- Summer of Loving our Planet Earth
SEEK is in need of teachers to run our K-8th grade classes this summer! Do you have an interest in ecology? Science? Taking care of our Earth? This summer we will be discussing these topics: erosion, pollution, Pacific garbage patch, use of plastics, solar power, composting, etc. 

We need teachers for July and August to teach on these topics an average of twice a month for a class of 8-10 students, grouped by 2-3 ages/grades. Could that be you? Contact  Melissa to sign up!


upcomingweeks The Upcoming Weeks at WES
Friday, July 7
  • WES People of Color Meeting, 7pm, Sheila's Home. Please join other people of color, WES members and visitors, discuss our experiences and make connections. This month's meeting will be at member Sheila Water's house. Please email her at twc.sfw@gmail.com or Trang at trangd@gmail.com for the location address.
Tuesday, July 11
  • Jam Session, 1pm, Library. At the WES Jam Sessions, interested musicians gather to practice music (possibly with the intention of playing during platform or other events) or just to develop musical skills in a group context. Attendees bring the music they want to play, and play what is brought. All instruments, musical genres, and skill levels welcome!  For more information, contact Tom Bishop (tom.c.bishop@gmail.com).
Sunday, July 16
  • Platform Service, 10:30am. "Black. Female. Leader: Reflections on Social Justice Work in Majority White Communities," Stephanie Folarin. Discover what it takes to be an advocate for social justice education as a 6 foot, black, female administrator, with dreadlocks in majority white independent schools. Stephanie will explore her own journey, while reflecting on the lessons it has for any majority white community seeking to support black leadership.
  • Sunday Book Club, 1pm, Classroom 2. For more information, contact Rachel Hartig at rachel.hartig@gallaudet.edu.

You can see the full calendar here. ( http://ethicalsociety.org/blog/events/)
Refu gee Resettlement Team Needs Transportation Coordinator
If you would like to take part in helping a refugee family resettle in this area, but haven't committed yet, this opportunity may be for you. For all of the details, please see the WES website at: 
AEU Branding Survey AEU_Banner_top.jpg
The AEU is rebranding and is asking for your help. Please complete the  Branding Survey   so the AEU can get a good representation of the Movement.   The survey will help the AEU measure the current perceptions of AEU services and needed areas for future support.