Sunday, September 25, ESOA will be painting bowls for the Empty Bowl Project.
The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by Austin area potters to fight hunger. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this annual family-friendly event invites you to select your favorite from thousands of locally crafted ceramic bowls, have it filled with gourmet soup and bread and listen to live music while enjoying your lunch. Your $20 donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Take the bowl home with you to remind you that others have empty bowls. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744 . Hope to see you there!
Remembering Donald Nelson
Donald Nelson, former member of the Ethical Society of Austin, passed away Wednesday August 10, 2016. Link to Statesman obituary.
Don was an active member of ESOA for several years. Rich Harrison notes that Don had a passionate love of philosophy and gardening, and fondly recalls time spent with Don and his wife Betty.
A visitation will be held Friday September 9, 6pm-8pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 N. Lamar, and a Celebration of Life service Saturday Sept 10, 3pm, at St. Geogre’s Episcopal Church, 4301 H. IH-35.
The United Nations has set 17 global goals for sustainable development by 2030. These sustainable development goals, or SDGs, encompass all of the areas of development for humans and the planet they live on. Each goal has a set of targets for achievement, and each target is being worked on by many countries, especially as they apply to one’s own country, but also in concert with others to achieve a broader reach.
You’ll find a new addition on the Ethical Action page. Well, not an addition so much as an expansion. The section on Advocacy has now been updated to include ethical actions since November, 2015. We hope there will be much more to come! (cp)
The American Ethical Union’s 101st Annual Assembly will be held this year in St. Louis, MO, July 14-17. The 2016 theme is: “Bending the Arc of History . . . Toward Justice.” Program information and registration will be available on AEU’s website starting May 16. The Assembly will be held at the St. Louis City Center Hotel. The AEU rate is $109 for a single king room or double queen suite.
The American Ethical Union has shared an action alert with us regarding Break Free 2016:
May 4-15, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects — to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.
Targeted protest and actions of civil disobedience will take place at selected critical locations around the world. Actions in the US will take place May 12-15 in Anacortes, WA; Albany, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; and Washington, DC.
For additional context, this short movie, Disobedience, is both enlightening and inspiring. You can participate in any of the upcoming global actions by becoming a Digital Witness. As a digital witness, you will witness live coverage of the events you sign up for and amplify the action, sending messages of support and, perhaps, displaying what you witness in your own social media platforms.
Lara Douglass led the discussion of this though-provoking book.
February 7, 2016
Before Adam Gravois led us in a conversation about love, we sang a lively version of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” Adam urged us to speak in concrete terms of our own experience(s) rather than in abstractions. We laughed, we cried, we ate Valentine candy. While romantic love was mentioned by several, others talked about the love in their lives for parents, siblings, children, and friends. (cp)