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Letter to the Editor

June 28, 2011

To the Editor:

Re “Exemptions Were Key to Vote on Gay Marriage” (news article, June 26):

The leaders of the Societies for Ethical Culture applaud the New York Legislature for approving, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for signing, the law allowing all New Yorkers to marry whom they choose. While we are included in the list of those exempted from performing same-sex marriages, such “protection” is neither needed nor wanted.

Ethical Culture’s leaders have long solemnized unions between loving and committed same-sex couples and now rejoice in the success of our hard-fought battle to make such unions legal.

New York, June 26, 2011

The writer is a leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Letter to the Editor of the NY Times

April 27, 2009

To the Editor:


I read Laurie Goodstein’s article, “More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops,” (4/27/09) with great interest.  As an Ethical Humanist clergywoman and university Humanist chaplain, I often hear the refrain from wedding couples, families, and students:  “We want something ‘spiritual,’ not ‘religious.’”  Many people identifying themselves as “unaffiliated” and “non-believers” in recent studies (including the excellent “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey” by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life) are breaking with traditional theology because of the cognitive dissonance they experience as educated individuals and because they want to participate in communities that respect everyone’s unique path to a deep understanding of what it means to be human.


This is nothing new: Throughout American history, there have been intertwining waves of conservative theology and progressive free thought.  At the edges of the religious spectrum, we will always have fundamentalists – both theist and atheist; in the center, is a growing move towards “humanistic” religion that reveres life, celebrates diversity, and holds the common ground for people of faith in people and their potential for goodness to make this world a better place.


Dr. Anne Klaeysen

Leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture

Chaplain, Adelphi University

2 West 64th Street

New York, NY 10023

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A Church for the Godless?

April 24, 2009

Uptown Radio at Columbia University reports on the New York Society for Ethical Cultue

Can a religion exist without a God?  Maura Walz reports on some religious humanist congregations in New York to discover whether a church can be called a church without a God at its center.

Maura spent several days visiting our community.  Listen to her report – dated April 17, 2009 – online at