The AEU Ethical Action Committee (EAC), in partnership with the National Leaders Council (NLC) and the National Ethical Service (NES), invites our members to support the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, an opportunity for the global realization of Ethical Culture’s central aim to create a more humane society.
The finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals represents an unprecedented step toward creating a global framework of humanist ethics that can bring humanity into a new era of sustainability – both with the environment and in our relationships with each other. The 17 Goals create a plan of action “for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership”. We are very proud that our own Martha Gallahue (Essex, NJ) represented the NES in UN Intergovernmental Proceedings Steering Committees to make the cultivation of global peace a key priority of the Goals. You can find the list of Goals here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics.
The Ethical Action Committee knows that our Societies are doing excellent work toward the realization of the Goals in their communities. From the eradication of food deserts in Baltimore, to the realization of full human rights for African-Americans in St. Louis, to reducing homelessness in Riverdale-Yonkers, we are striving together to create a more humane culture.
We are eager to continue to listen to and learn from every Society, Fellowship, and affiliate organization of the American Ethical Union about how their action work contributes to achieving the Goals. We also extend our hands to offer guidance and advice to those who would appreciate help re-igniting ethical action at their Society, or adding a new direction to their work.
The EAC, NLC, and NES are excited to work together to promote this initiative in the hope that the dignity of every person will one day be realized. We look forward to connecting with you all in person and on social media (Facebook & Twitter), as well as sharing our progress in the Ethical Action Report, AEU Dialogue, and our website. We hope this initiative will also be an ongoing opportunity for Societies to get to know one another and our AEU Committees better, and to work together in more innovative ways where creative cooperation thrives.
In Gratitude and Fellowship,
Katherine LaClair, Chair
Ethical Action Committee
Jone Johnson Lewis, President
Hugh Taft-Morales, Vice President
National Leaders Council
Kay Dundorf, President
Kurt Johnson, Vice-President
Martha Gallahue, Leader
National Ethical Service