Speaker: Amanda Poppei

Perfect, Imperfect, Broken, Whole

As the saying goes, “I love you, you’re perfect, now change!” Many of us struggle with experiences of self-doubt, and our tradition counters this with an assertion of our inherent worth. At the same time, we are committed to our continual growth…suggesting that we … read more.

Mind and Body: Separate and Whole

For centuries, philosophers and theologians have debated whether we are dual beings: mind and body separate, or whole beings. And then you add in the idea of spirit! Amanda will explore the debates–as well as the scientific perspective–and consider what each idea might have to … read more.

Life is a Labyrinth

So often we imagine that life is like a straight line. But in reality our lives are much more like a spiral, including those lessons that repeat over and over again when we think we should get a break from them already! Using the image … read more.

WES’ Journey Through Time

Join Amanda as she reflects on the values that have guided WES since its founding, and how she sees those values serving WES now and in its future. What is next for us as a community? What skills do we need to learn as we … read more.

Is America Trustworthy?

You may be thinking the answer to this question is–at least right now–a definite no. And you may be right! Amanda will explore what trust looks like in society as a whole, from the social safety net to traffic laws, and how we can respond … read more.

In Skepticism We Trust

Ethical Culture defines itself as non-theistic–that is, we have “no official position” on whether God exists. Instead, we focus on how to live our lives and build a better world. But does that mean we don’t have faith, trust, in anything? Join Amanda for an … read more.

The Mystery Without: The Cosmos and Us

What exactly is out there? How do we fit into the big wide world? And does contemplating the concept of multiverses and infinite galaxies make us seem incredibly tiny…or full of awe…or both? Join Amanda to explore the great story of the universe and how … read more.

A Brighter Future Is Possible

Each week at our candle-lighting we say that we work to build a brighter future for all. Some weeks– some years, even–it feels that future is very far away. Join Amanda and Rajesh to take a look at what brighter futures have been created recently, by innovative … read more.

Anything’s Possible

Sure, anything might be possible–especially at the start of a fresh new year–but how do we move from possible to probable? Amanda will explore the challenge of finding your path when the range of possibilities feels more overwhelming than exciting. Avoiding decision fatigue, letting go … read more.