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Waging Peace, Part 3: Managing Unity and Diversity

Waging peace involves organized activities that promote nonviolent coexistence. Human beings are actually pretty good at that on the whole: people mostly get along with others and rarely engage in acts of physical violence. Humans have been less good at dealing with conflicts when they do arise, however, and have a sad history of responding to them with destructive force. This often compounds the misery experienced on both sides of the conflict and leads to escalations of violence.

Ethical Humanism does offer a better way forward. By maintaining a perspective that appreciates the unique worth of each individual while appreciating the unity of the whole as well, Ethical Humanism can help us navigate through the dangerous elements of conflicts by helping us put the brakes on destructive impulses while encouraging us to take positive steps toward healing and resolution.

Of course there is a “but.” Destructive forces are extremely difficult to counter and once violence is unleashed, reining them in can seem like an exercise in futility – and perhaps it is. But we should not throw in the towel just yet. If we believe that people have the capacity to grow and change, if we believe that positive steps can be taken to increase the likelihood of peaceful coexistence, let’s do something about it.

In this talk, WCEC’s clergy leader, Bart Worden, will speak to some ways core principles of Ethical Humanism can bring peaceable living to our lives and the lives of others.

Waging Peace, Part 3: Managing Unity and Diversity

Sunday, February 4, at 11 a.m.

Westchester Community for Ethical Culture

7 Saxon Wood Rd. White Plains, NY

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Our Panel Series on Society Leadership Continues

Come join us virtually for this last of three part series that will include a panel followed by a discussion on how leader-led societies work. We will also review how a society conducts a search, budgets for a leader position, as well as determine which qualities are most desired in a paid leader.

February 7, Wednesday, 8–9:15 p.m. ET, 75 minutes

Leader-Led Societies

Sign up at this link and the Zoom info will be sent close to the event date. For more information, contact Norma Vavolizza, [email protected].


  • Hugh Taft-Morales, Baltimore & Philadelphia
  • Nori Rost, New York
  • KC Slack, Washington Ethical Society
  • Trang Duong, Moderator, Washington Ethical Society
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Join Our Book Club... in February!

We will meet again on Monday, February 26, at 2 p.m. in the WCEC Study. We will be discussing The Patriots by Sana Krasikov. The book is available through the Westchester Library System. New participants can contact Leader Bart Worden at [email protected] and be added to the email list.

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We are asking all our members to participate in welcoming guests every Sunday. The essence of hospitality lies in crafting an experience that goes beyond guests' expectations. Hospitality includes a light breakfast. We provide coffee, milks, and sweeteners. If the dates assigned do not work for you, please switch with a different member. If you are unable to find a replacement, please notify Office Administrator Fabiola Rangel at [email protected].

Current Volunteer Schedule

  • Sunday 2/4/24 Michael Yellen & Laurie Rigelhaupt
  • Sunday 2/11/24 Barbara Finiguerra& James Young
  • Sunday 2/18/24 Lori Feido & Rosalinda Garcia
  • Sunday 2/25/24 Pancake Breakfast
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