Archive of Upcoming Events
2009 - March back through January

The sequence of events are listed from most recent to the oldest.  All hyperlinks have been left as they were on the original Upcoming Events page, but it is possible that they may have become obsolete after the event had been archived onto this page.



Sunday, March 29th from noontime 'til about 1:00 PM
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Pot Luck Dinner

It's Pot Luck Sunday!  After the lecture, please join us for lunch.

First-time visitors are invited to attend and bring no food item for the table.  Others: bring a dish, any dish, from soup to salad to sandwich to entrée to side dish to dessert.

The oven is available to keep things warm, and a large 'fridge to keep things cool, and there are lots of outlets for crockpots, etc.; and the microwave is available right after the lecture ends.  (Please avoid any item that requires your attention from 11 to noon, since any sound in the kitchen is magnified into the room where our 11:00 a.m. program is in progress.)

Even if you don't bring a dish or beverage, at least bring your appetite!  See you then!

The general public is invited.



Sunday, March 29th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Racial Stereotypes in the Media"

Our guest speaker is Darren Osburn, an associate professor of speech and communications at St. Charles Community College.

Mr. Osburn has worked as a journalist, and when traveling abroad has paid attention to American-produced shows on TV, observing the caricatures and the effect on the people watching.

Mass media use stereotypes to tell stories for both economical and emotional reasons.  Stereotypes save explanation time, and they elicit reactions.  Governments use stereotypes to boost nationalism and control populations in time of war.  By the 1960s, movies and television had become the dominant storytellers in America and relied heavily on generalized stereotypes.

Mr. Osburn's presentation will take a look at examples of stereotypes in U.S. media, and explain how stereotypes are created, perpetuated, and received.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, March 25th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Host:  Craig S.

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "Tough pragmatic negotiations behind the scene:
       How Politics Works"

Last Sunday our guest speaker Kristy Manning shared with us stories of jockeying on getting bills written, getting before the legislative committees, bringing them to a vote, etc.

What experiences have you had talking to legislators or executives?  Was it someone on the County Council, a ward person, someone on the local school board?  It will even be valuable if you describe how TV shows have shaped your understanding of politics.  Has anyone looked into the possibility of serving on a board or a commission?

There's a tab at the top of the Governor's home page that says "Boards and Commissions" - http://governor.mo.gov/

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, March 22nd, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series



" Kristy Manning on Upcoming Issues in MO Legislature"

Our guest speaker, Kristy Manning has run for political office and currently serves as Deputy Legislative Director in the office of Governor Jay Nixon.

She will review important issues that are coming up in the Missouri Legislature, and allow time for questions and comments from the audience.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Saturday, March 21st
Contact Kathy R. for meeting place and other arrangements
to get to Ronald McDonald House by 5 PM to begin cooking
at 4381 West Pine Blvd, STL, MO, 63108

Ronald McDonald House


  "Nothin' Beats Home-Cookin'!"
      ...especially when family must be with hospitalized loved-ones.

On the third Saturday of each month, a crew from Ethical Society Mid Rivers cooks dinner at the West Pine location of Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis.  We have been doing this for more than three years, and we have committed to continue through 2009.

Contact Kathy R. to participate in this worthwhile project and/or if you have questions.

Mark your calendar for coming Saturdays:
Apr 18th, May 16th, Jun 20th, Jul 18th

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charity, click here.



Wednesday, March 18th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Hosts:  Beth & Roy

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "CEDAW Devils"

Last Sunday our guest speaker promoted CEDAW, the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women.  Certainly in principle we support such a thing.  But the devil's in the details!

Let's look at the actual details of the text, and also at some well-written critiques.  Not to change our minds, but to promote our thinking about what's going on, to elevate our ethical sensitivity.

I will bring along documents we can refer to.  But if you want an advance look, here are some links:

The CEDAW text:
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/text/econvention.htm

Against CEDAW by conservative CWA, Concerned Women for America:
http://www.cwfa.org/printerfriendly.asp?id=1971&department=cwa&categoryid=nation

Against CEDAW by a thoughtful Catholic group:
http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/dia/dia_01cedaw.html

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Tuesday, March 17th from 7 PM to about 9 PM
Non-Profit Development Center
Spencer Road at Boone Hills Drive
(building is adjacent to, and just East of, Spencer Road library)
Saint Peters

PFLAG



A support group for anyone who has a gay family member or friend
and would like to meet others in the same situation.

Please plan to attend!

Regularly meets the third Tuesday of every month.
The general public is invited
Phone (636) 928-5639 and/or email StCharlesPFLAG@aol.com



Sunday, March 15th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

Shirley Breeze photo

" Ending All Discrimination Against Women"

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women ( CEDAW) is an international bill of rights for women.  It lays out what discrimination is, and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

Only eight nations have not ratified CEDAW, and the U.S. is one.  Now there is a window of opportunity in Washington to get it ratified.  It is a major goal for women advocates, who are alerting the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that CEDAW is a top priority.

Our guest speaker, Shirley Breeze, is Regional Director of the AAUW serving on it's Board of Directors and on several of its national committees.  She is state chair of the Missouri Women's Network, which coordinates the Missouri ERA effort.  She has authored many education and women's action training materials.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, March 11th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Host:  Hannah

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "Whaddya Know about SE Asia?"

Do you have biases?
Do you have dreamy notions?
What about WWII legacy?  Japan?
Do you trust China?
What's the most memorable novel you ever read, movie you ever saw, that was set in Asia?
Are you Asian, or have Asian relatives?

We had SE Asian college students last Sunday telling us about their cultures.  In many ways these four young men were so "American" --fit right in, text messaging and all.  Yet each of them was obviously steeped in tradition, and the result was pleasant; indeed, it was beautiful.

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, March 8th from 12:15 PM to ??
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

ESMR Society Council

Please submit reports and
additions to the agenda well in advance.

Council Members, please notify if you will not be attending.

For members of the Society Council.
Other ESMR members may attend as observers.



Sunday, March 8th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Southeast Asian Students Panel"

A panel of visiting Southeast Asian college students, from different countries, will share aspects of their countries’ cultures.  These students are in St. Louis on a grant from the U.S. State Department awarded to UMSL.  They are here for eight weeks to learn English at St. Louis Community College and to experience firsthand American culture, in a whirlwind tour of business sites (e.g., Busch Brewery), historic sites, restaurants, cultural/entertainment events, and other.

They will be introduced by Kathy Ratino, community college teacher, who has been given this special assignment of "chaperone" and overall coordinator.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.




    Daylight Saving Time!


Sunday, March 8th, at precisely 2:00 AM,
the time will instantly become 3:00 AM

It's time to 'Spring Forward' one hour


So don't forget to set your clocks.
You wouldn't want to be late to Ethical Society events, would you?



Saturday, March 7th 6:30 PM
O'Fallon Civic Hall
305 Civic Park Drive, O'Fallon
Get off I-70 at Hwys M & K (Exit 217) and go north on M (aka Main St.),
1st left after crossing tracks (Civic Park Dr.)

Trivia Nite!

Door Opens at 6:30 PM
Trivia Starts at 7:00 PM

Table of 8 for $160 or $20 per person
Price includes:  Beer, Wine, Beer, Soda, Beer, Chips/Snacks, Beer, and Set-ups
Did we mention... FREE BEER?!?

  •   Great "Silent Auction" items!
  •   Two 20 Question Bonus Rounds!
  •   Mulligans
  •   50/50 Drawing!
  •   ...and loads of other fun stuff... We promise!

$350 Cash Prize for 1st Place table!
Prize for Best Decorated table!



Wednesday, March 4th at 6:00 PM
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Society Council & Task Force Meeting

This working group aims to do nuts and bolts work of filling in, at least in a general fashion, the forms that the AEU requires of us to submit a request for a grant.

We need to give Tom Hoeppner, who pledges to be our advocate to the AEU, strong material that he can use to plead our case.  He will need this by March 16, at the latest, in order to prepare for the March 18 meeting of the AEU Membership Committee.

Note: Our LED (Living Ethics Discussion that normally meets at 7 PM on Wednesday evenings) has been cancelled for this evening.

Invitation open to members of the Society.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, March 1st, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Stem Cell Research, New Cures, and Politics"

There’s a new administration in Washington, more favorable to stem cell research.  Missouri passed an amendment, Amendment 2, which provided some protection.  Yet opponents continue to invent ways to put up obstacles.  Meanwhile, research continues and hopes rise for new cures for human disease.

Speaker Jordan Kadosh, with Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, will give a powerpoint presentation and bring updates to all these concerns.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.


Friday, February 27th from 7 PM to about 9 PM
St. Charles Justice Center
1781 Zumbehl (at intersection with Hawksnest & Graystone roads)

Friday Nite Free Film Series




  "Young At Heart"

Documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81, and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate.  Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs, for example, by James Brown, and Sonic Youth.  Although they have toured Europe and sang for royalty, this account focuses on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town, which succeeds in spite of several real heart breaking events."  Written by Fox Searchlight

Invitation open to the general public.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.
There's no charge to attend.  Bring your own snacks.  Enjoy the big screen and the fairly comfortable seats of the Community Room at the St. Charles Justice Center, 1781 Zumbehl Rd (NW corner of Zumbehl and Hawksnest/Graystone), ZIP 63303.



Wednesday, February 25th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Host:  Sara

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "Ethical Breaking Points"

It seems that baseball player Alex Rodriguez' ethics only stretched so far.  When it came to the imperative needs of his job, that he have a better bigger stronger body than anyone else, he broke the rules.  He didn't steal (at least directly), he didn't defame anyone (at least directly), he didn't kill anyone, but his ethics broke down at a certain point.

He tried to "not know" that he was taking illegal drugs, as a way to soften the severity of his ethical breakdown.

Talk about this idea of breaking points.  Get personal if you can.  When does ethics itself "go too far", if ever?

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Monday, February 23rd from 7 PM to almost 9 PM
Meeting at Thai Kitchen
1598 Country Club Plaza Dr. (Zumbehl & Hwy 94)
St. Peters, MO  63376
phone: (636) 447-1883

Twain Rivers Book Club

Book cover

"Bookseller of Kabul"
    by Åsne Seierstad

From the Dust Jacket:
"In Afghanistan, just after the fall of the Taliban, a bookseller named Sultan Khan allowed a western journalist to move into his home and experience firsthand his family's life in the newly liberated capital city of Kabul.

From that act of openness emerges this remarkable book, already an international bestseller--the most intimate look yet at ordinary life for those who have weathered Afghanistan's extraordinary upheavals.  One husband, two wives, five children, and many other relatives sharing four small rooms opened up their lives, unforgettably."

The general public is invited.
For more information visit the Book Club page and/or
to be added to the mailing list, contact:
Bill F. at elBillo@yahoo.com



Sunday, February 22nd from noontime 'til about 1:00 PM
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Pot Luck Dinner

It's Pot Luck Sunday!  After the lecture, please join us for lunch.

First-time visitors are invited to attend and bring no food item for the table.  Others: bring a dish, any dish, from soup to salad to sandwich to entrée to side dish to dessert.

The oven is available to keep things warm, and a large 'fridge to keep things cool, and there are lots of outlets for crockpots, etc.; and the microwave is available right after the lecture ends.  (Please avoid any item that requires your attention from 11 to noon, since any sound in the kitchen is magnified into the room where our 11:00 a.m. program is in progress.)

Even if you don't bring a dish or beverage, at least bring your appetite!  See you then!

The general public is invited.



Sunday, February 22nd, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

" Kristy Manning on Upcoming Issues in MO Legislature"

Our guest speaker, Kristy Manning has run for political office and currently serves as Deputy Legislative Director in the office of Governor Jay Nixon.

She will review important issues that are coming up in the Missouri legislature, and allow time for questions and comments from the audience.

Ms. Kristy Manning was unable to be present this morning; and we had a Discussion Circle regarding issues before the Missouri Legislature & several of the legislators.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Saturday, February 21st
Contact Kathy R. for meeting place and other arrangements
to get to Ronald McDonald House by 5 PM to begin cooking
at 4381 West Pine Blvd, STL, MO, 63108

Ronald McDonald House


  "Nothin' Beats Home-Cookin'!"
      ...especially when family must be with hospitalized loved-ones.

On the third Saturday of each month, a crew from Ethical Society Mid Rivers cooks dinner at the West Pine location of Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis.  We have been doing this for more than three years, and we have committed to continue through 2009.

Contact Kathy R. to participate in this worthwhile project and/or if you have questions.

Mark your calendar for coming Saturdays:
Mar 21st, Apr 18th, May 16th, Jun 20th, Jul 18th

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charity, click here.



Wednesday, February 18th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Hosts:  Jill & Bill

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "All Work and No Play"

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  But what about Marita?

Last Sunday we heard about Marita, a 12-year-old in a middle school in the South Bronx, not a good place for schools or students or people.  Yet the school she's in beats the odds.  Students who get in make it into the better high schools and then into college.  Students get in by living in the Bronx, applying to get it, and then being randomly chosen.

She's glad she's in the school.  Yet she works so much harder than her friends who are in the school.  What she gets is a sense of purpose in life, a feeling that her life is worthwhile, and the precious virtue of self-discipline.

How much play is that worth?  What is the right balance of work and play?  Maybe the right amount varies for everyone.  Whole cultures have their own way of drawing the line between work and play, and one culture may go too far toward emphasizing play, while another overemphasizes work.  What is your experience of American culture?  What is your personal balance of play and work?

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Tuesday, February 17th from 7 PM to about 9 PM
Non-Profit Development Center
Spencer Road at Boone Hills Drive
(building is adjacent to, and just East of, Spencer Road library)
Saint Peters

PFLAG



A support group for anyone who has a gay family member or friend
and would like to meet others in the same situation.

Please plan to attend!

Regularly meets the third Tuesday of every month.
The general public is invited
Phone (636) 928-5639 and/or email StCharlesPFLAG@aol.com



Sunday, February 15th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Amazing Vignettes of Gladwell"

Malcolm Gladwell has delivered a third extraordinary book, perhaps his best, called Outliers: The Story of Success.

Mr. Greenwell will present an assortment of incredible facts presented in the book, along with Gladwell’s astute interpretations that bring the facts to life and turn ordinary assumptions 180 degrees around.

Mr. Greenwell will add perspectives from the background of Ethical Culture, asking, What do these facts and insights from Mr. Gladwell mean for us who seek to live an ethical life, who seek to raise the quality of our relationships with one another, and who seek to raise the quality of all human relationships?

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, February 11th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Hosts:  Bill & Jill

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "All Work and No Play"

 

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, February 8th from 12:15 PM to ??
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

ESMR Society Council

Please submit reports and
additions to the agenda well in advance.

Council Members, please notify if you will not be attending.

For members of the Society Council.
Other ESMR members may attend as observers.



Sunday, February 8th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Gun Violence in Jamaica"

Our guest speaker, Professor Michael Kuelker brings his research and experience from Amnesty International to talk to us about Gun Violence in Jamaica.

We often learn most about ourselves when we look at human lives elsewhere.

Professor Kuelker, of SCCC, will first show us a video of an interview he did with Bunny Wailer, who is the last surviving member of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the great reggae band.  Then he will discuss the interview and other findings with us.

Please join us for what promises to be a lively hour.

In addition, we will be presenting new members of the Society for you to celebrate with.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, February 8th from 10:00 AM 'til 10:30 AM
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Delicious Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

"A Fun-Raiser Extraordinaire"

This Sunday we will be having another yummy all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast.  Volunteers who are helping to cook need to be at the Brown Road building at 9:00.  We will serve at 10:00 and stop serving at 10:30 so we can get ready for the meeting at 11:00.

$5 for adults, $1 for kids under 12.

Thanks so much for supporting our last breakfast, and we look forward to seeing you at this one!

The general public is invited.



Friday, February 6th, from 7 PM to ?? PM
Hosts:  Kathleen & Bob

KnitWits



Par-Tay !!!

As always, lively conversation obliterates the sound of clicking knitting needles!

And nearby, there's a boisterous game or two, stimulating and challenging your brain-stuff.

Bring appetizer or snack or dessert, and something to drink, and maybe a game to play, and enjoy a warm & festive winter's evening with Society friends.

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, February 4th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Hosts:  Maureen & Brian

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "Men and Women as Business and Political Leaders"

There's no question that biologically there are differences between men and women.  These differences are small.  Men are more like women than men are like male gorillas.  Women are more like men than they are like female gorillas.  On the other hand, small differences in the beginning become big differences in the end, actual big differences.

Last Sunday, Dayna Stock talked about the Sue Shear Institute and how it helps women learn how to become leaders in public life.  So let's talk about men and women and positions of authority and power.  What are your personal experiences?  Perhaps you're aware of a time you were given a helping hand up while someone else was not, because of their opposite gender.  Or perhaps you experience male or female leaders in a way that you know is a stereotype and yet seems to you to have a kernel of truth.

Let's dare to share and dare to hear each other's reactions and perspectives.

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, February 1st, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Women Leading in Public Life"

Our guest speaker, Dayna Stock, will talk about the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, and how the institute helps women become legislators and business leaders.

Dayna is also Director of the 21st Century Leadership Academy at UMSL.

She is a member of the Community Advisory Council for the Missouri State University Department of Communications, and chairs an allocations panel for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.  Dayna holds a master's degree in public policy administration from UM- St. Louis.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, January 28th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Host:  Dee

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "Houses for Humans"

Our speaker last Sunday was Kelly Brooks, from Habitat for Humanity.

Their excellent work does raise some interesting questions.  How big a house does a person need?  How many rooms?  Ethically, how much privacy is ideal?  How much is too much?  How much togetherness is ideal?  What are your experiences from living in differently-sized habitats?

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Monday, January 26th from 7 PM to almost 9 PM
McAlister's Deli
1598 Country Club Plaza Dr. (Zumbehl & Hwy 94)
St. Charles 63303
phone: 636.946.8772

Twain Rivers Book Club

Book cover

"Of Mice and Men"
    by John Steinbeck

"The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California.  They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm.  George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simpleminded man, calming him and helping to reign in his immense physical strength."--Barnes & Noble Review

The general public is invited.
For more information visit the Book Club page and/or
to be added to the mailing list, contact:
Bill F. at elBillo@yahoo.com



Sunday, January 25th from noontime 'til about 1:00 PM
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Pot Luck Dinner

It's Pot Luck Sunday!

After the lecture, please stay and join us for lunch.  First-time visitors are invited to attend and bring no food item for the table.  Others: bring a dish, any dish, from soup to salad to sandwich to entree to side dish to dessert.  Bring an item that doesn't require your attention from 11 to noon, since any sound in the kitchen is magnified into the room where our 11:00 a.m. program is in progress.  The oven is available to keep things warm, and a large 'fridge to keep things cool, and there are lots of outlets for crockpots, etc.; and the microwave is available right after the Lecture ends.  Even if you don't bring a dish or beverage, at least bring your appetite!  See you then!

The general public is invited.



Sunday, January 25th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Habitat for Humanity in St. Charles County"

Our guest speaker, Kelly M. Brooks, Development Coordinator, HHSCC, will talk about the current work of Habitat for Humanity in St. Charles County, its vision, how to volunteer, and how to apply to own a Habitat home.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County has built 30 homes in the last 11 years through the help from volunteers, community leaders, churches, and businesses.  The group is now launching a five-year, six million dollar initiative to build 60 more affordable homes over the next five years for hard-working, low-income families.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, January 21st from 7 PM to 9 PM
Hosts:  Beth & Roy

Living Ethics Discussion


the topic is:
   "How was Obama's first day?"

What does ethics ask of us in terms of being civic-minded?  How much civic action is called for, ethically, per person?  Is it a matter simply of personal interest?  Does it vary according to each person's situation?

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Tuesday, January 20th from 7 PM to about 9 PM
Non-Profit Development Center
Spencer Road at Boone Hills Drive
(building is adjacent to, and just East of, Spencer Road library)
Saint Peters

PFLAG



A support group for anyone who has a gay family member or friend
and would like to meet others in the same situation.

Please plan to attend!

Regularly meets the third Tuesday of every month.
The general public is invited
Phone (636) 928-5639 and/or email StCharlesPFLAG@aol.com



Sunday, January 18th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

A Special "Open-Talk Celebration"

On this day, one day before Martin Luther King Day, two days before the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president, we ask attendees to share their hope for our nation and our world.  How does your hope uplift your spirit?  How does your hope move you to outward action?  What personal story can you relate about the positive difference in your life because of Martin Luther King’s work and Barack Obama’s soaring past the presumed race barrier to the highest office in the land?

Expect to have a chance to speak, if only briefly, because the Ethical Society is new and still small, with about twenty-five attending on Sundays.  The gathering will be framed with music and words by Society Leader Bob Greenwell, M.Ed.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Saturday, January 17th
Contact Kathy R. for meeting place and other arrangements
to get to Ronald McDonald House by 5 PM to begin cooking
at 4381 West Pine Blvd, STL, MO, 63108

Ronald McDonald House


  "Nothin' Beats Home-Cookin'!"
      ...especially when family must be with hospitalized loved-ones.

On the third Saturday of each month, a crew from Ethical Society Mid Rivers cooks dinner at the West Pine location of Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis.  We have been doing this for more than three years, and we have committed to continue through 2009.

Contact Kathy R. to participate in this worthwhile project and/or if you have questions.

Mark your calendar for coming Saturdays:
Feb 21st,  &  Mar 21st

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charity, click here.


Friday, January 16th from 7 PM to about 9 PM
St. Charles Justice Center
1781 Zumbehl (at intersection with Hawksnest & Graystone roads)

Friday Nite Free Film Series




  "The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy"

Did Barack Obama learn some of Alinsky's methods?  He learned his craft from people in Chicago who were directly trained by Alinsky.  Alinsky targeted commercial, corporate, and governmental culprits who were somehow causing or abetting injustice in the world.  He invented ways to bring actual power to the people.  He taught the famous Ten Rules for Radicals.

FYI, here are 3 mini-reviews:

"A powerful and revelatory documentary on one of the pioneers of grassroots organizing.... It could never be more timely than now." -- Studs Terkel

"At a time when community activism is needed more than ever, this film will give both guidance to organizers and inspiration to young people wanting to advance the cause of justice and equality.  The experience of the extraordinary Saul Alinsky can instruct us all, and we are fortunate that it has been captured so engagingly in this film." -- Howard Zinn, author, A People's History of the United States

"Alinsky's message was simple:  The heart of democratic government lies not in court decisions, party conventions, or costly TV messages, but in the organized struggles of ordinary people.  By showing how people organized in their own interests from the 1930s to the present, this film points the way to resuscitating democracy in our own times." -- David Montgomery, Prof. of History, Yale Univ.

Invitation open to the general public.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.
There's no charge to attend.  Bring your own snacks.  Enjoy the big screen and the fairly comfortable seats of the Community Room at the St. Charles Justice Center, 1781 Zumbehl Rd (NW corner of Zumbehl and Hawksnest/Graystone), ZIP 63303.



Sunday, January 11th from 12:15 PM to ??
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

ESMR Society Council

Please submit reports and
additions to the agenda well in advance.

Council Members, please notify if you will not be attending.

For members of the Society Council.
Other ESMR members may attend as observers.



Sunday, January 11th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Living – A User’s Guide"

Believing Is Seeing:  Perception lies at the heart of what we experience and shapes the whole experience of living.  Drs. Barbara Bollmann and Lloyd Klinedinst come with more than sixty years combined professional experiences in education, human potential, and personal growth.

They will present the key features of a distinct theory of human behavior called Perceptual Control Theory.  Their interactive presentation will include discussion about how to understand such common expressions as: To err is human; seeing is believing; what you see is what you get; there's no quick fix; there's no magic bullet; and it's the journey, not the destination.

They will encourage careful thinking about a range of issues concerning how we humans behave and ways we have of talking about ourselves and others.

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, January 11th from 10:00 AM 'til 10:30 AM
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Delicious Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

"A Fun-Raiser Extraordinaire"

This Sunday we will be having another yummy all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast.  Volunteers who are helping to cook need to be at the Brown Road building at 9:00.  We will serve at 10:00 and stop serving at 10:30 so we can get ready for the meeting at 11:00.

$5 for adults, $1 for kids under 12.

Thanks so much for supporting our last breakfast, and we look forward to seeing you at this one!

The general public is invited.



Friday, January 9th, from 7 PM to ?? PM
Hosts:  Jill & Bill

KnitWits



Par-Tay !!!

As always, lively conversation obliterates the sound of clicking knitting needles!

And nearby, there's a boisterous game or two, stimulating and challenging your brain-stuff.

Bring appetizer or snack or dessert, and something to drink, and maybe a game to play, and enjoy a warm & festive winter's evening with Society friends.

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Wednesday, January 7th from 7 PM to 9 PM
Host:  Craig

Living Ethics Discussion


Featuring:
   The Philosophical Café Format

You are welcome to join our ethics oriented discussion group.  Attendees nominate topics and then vote on which one will be discussed.

There are no long speeches or monologues, you get to tell your own experience-oriented stories, and you can cultivate co-operative intelligence; it's not a debate or a war of egos.

Invitation open to members of the Society and their guests.
If you wish, you may RSVP Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



Sunday, January 4th, from 11 AM 'til Noon
260 Brown Road in Saint Peters.   (roadmap)

Sunday Lecture Series

"Needed – A Religion of the Heart"

In this review of the first 5 years of the Ethical Society in St. Charles County, Bob Greenwell, humanist, philosopher, Siddha Yoga learner, Zen enthusiast, depth-oriented brief therapy trainee, and Ethical Society Leader, takes a look at the dream and the reality.

It is said the heart has reasons that the mind cannot know.  What kind of reasons?  Are they more important than those of the mind?  Truly they must work hand-in-hand, but the heart, if one’s life is to reach for fulfillment, is primary.  If this were taken seriously, what would religion look like if it were a religion of the heart?

The general public is invited.
Questions?  Comments?  Contact Mr. Bob Greenwell by email.



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