Chuman, Joseph Millenium Madness
by Joseph Chuman - date n.a.
Millions of Christian fundamentalists eagerly await their rapture to heaven. Catholics report increased sightings of the Virgin Mary. In Japan, members of the Aum Shinrikyo sect release deadly nerve gas into the Tokyo subway. Eighty members of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas are killed in a stand-off with federal officials, and 39 devotees of the Heaven's Gate cult in California decorously commit suicide as they plan to enter the next Level Above Human. These faithful, however different in their religious practices, share a common belief: the year 2000 -- the new millennium -- will mark the beginning of the end of the world.
Reflections on the Catastrophe: September 11 by Joseph Chuman - date n.a.
Our lives will never be quite the same. We have experienced a national trauma which has transformed the lives of all of us.
The Death of Real Religion by Joseph Chuman - date n.a.
In previous generations what one religiously believed made a difference. Religious devotees affirmed doctrines, articles of faith, and the ritual practices which they symbolized because they were comforting. But not merely comforting -- because they were true. Belief was the fabric of conscience and often inspired moral sacrifice and deeds of courage. Martin Luther's proclamation "Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise" has echoed through the ages as an example of the power of conscience to guide one's actions.
Civility by Joseph Chuman - date n.a.
Things have changed. Civility has taken another blow, and I don't like it. Mine are not the ravings of a supercilious conservative or moralistic doomsayer. I am a progressive, a Leader in the Ethical Culture Movement, for whom the struggle for social justice is a religious passion. Human right, freedom of conscience, racial harmony and the welfare of children have all been on my agenda. Only a small fraction of these efforts have landed on the barricades; dramatic displays of success have been relatively few. Dreams of victory are chastened by the enormity of the opposition and the paucity of resources.
Doctor Assisted Suicide by Joseph Chuman - date n.a.
Margaret was a proud woman. Her coifed hair, meticulous attire, a love of art and music testified to her refined, aristocratic tastes. Her bearing suggested a person whose sense of self was firmly rooted in the ability to order her life and tame the ruffles of unruly misfortune.
The Ethical Culture Wedding Ceremony by Joseph Chuman - 1997
The wedding ceremony reflects the humanistic values of Ethical Culture, and the joy and significance of the occasion. The focus is on the couple -- their values, commitments and styles -- and on the ideals of Ethical Culture as they pertain to marriage.