In February of 2015, the Boston Ethical Community hosted a panel discussion featuring members of the Cannabis Society of Massachusetts. On March 19, the Cannabis Society returns to BEC to present a talk entitled High Ground.
Much has transpired since the 2015 session. Marijuana advocates were then primarily concerned with medical marijuana. The panel discussed difficulties that caregivers faced in growing and administering marijuana as therapy for a variety of medical conditions. At that time, no medical marijuana dispensaries in the state had yet gained approval to sell the product.
Submitted by Andrea Perrault
The story of how we, the public, get our news has never been more important. In 2008, Barack Obama broke new ground with his campaign’s ability to communicate over social media. The campaign built a stunningly effective strategy to mobilize the youth vote. Yet, how quickly the bright light of that effort dimmed. In 2012, many younger people felt disillusioned because change had not come fast enough.
Submitted by Marvin Miller
Religions and governments are involved in ethics: they tell people, by commandments, laws, etc., what they want people to regard as the right thing to do.
Religion and government have always been entangled with each other. In ancient times there was no distinction between them. Over time, specialization occurred; the people who led the societies’ religious rituals were not the same people as those who conducted its civil and military affairs. This separation didn’t happen all at once. Even today in our own society, religious leaders are authorized by governments to conduct ceremonies that change the legal marital status of couples.
John Froio is Deputy Director at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center.
John will talk about housing issues and CLSACC’s efforts to promote immigration rights.
Join us for the video Jamila Raqib:”The secret to effective nonviolent resistance,” and a discussion to follow.
Michael Bleiweiss is Vice President of the Boston Ethical Community.
The earth has existed for 4½ billion years and it’s been a very busy planet. Continents have formed and broken up and formed again. Millions of species of living things have come and gone. Eventually, one species capable of understanding this history evolved. This three-part lecture series will explore our knowledge of this history. The first part will take us from earth’s formation up until the appearance of the first reptiles.
In light of the recent failure of the Trump/Ryan attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we will gather to discuss what’s changing in health care. All welcome.
The central ethical issue in America is sustaining a benevolent civil society in all its permutations. How’s it going? Dr. Harris Sussman thinks we need to revive our commitment to learn, and practice, civics. We’ve really fallen down on the job.
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A video and presentation on the rise of the Indivisible Movement and other ways in which we can effectively make an impact followed by an open discussion for sharing of ideas.