What Is an Ethical Humanist Leader?
Ethical Humanist Leaders are the professional clergy of the Ethical Culture Movement. Just as clergy in traditional religions serve their congregations, Ethical Humanist Leaders serve Ethical Societies and the broader community, providing pastoral support, inspiration, and a grounding in our deepest values. While many Leaders serve Ethical Society congregations, some are chaplains in health care and university settings, and still others are directly engaged in service to non-profit organizations.
What do Ethical Humanist Leaders Do?
Ethical Humanist Leaders serve Ethical Societies and the broader community as clergy, providing pastoral support, inspiration, and a grounding in our deepest values. If they serve a congregation, Leaders give inspiring talks on Sundays, provide educational programs and ethical action opportunities, and tend to the health and growth of the community. Leaders also bring the ideals of Ethical Culture to the wider community through their work on social justice initiatives and in collaboration with organizations that share our priorities. They also officiate life passage ceremonies (such as weddings, memorials, coming of age ceremonies, and baby naming ceremonies), collaborating with people to create unique and meaningful experiences.
How are Ethical Humanist Leaders Trained?
Ethical Humanist Leaders are trained in a wide variety of areas required of professional clergy, such as the history and philosophy of Ethical Humanism; organizational development and congregational growth; public speaking; and pastoral care and counselling. This training is provided by the American Ethical Union Leadership Committee and certified (similar to ordination) by the AEU Board.
What is the National Leaders Council?
The National Leaders Council is the professional organization of certified Leaders and Leaders-in-Training, and is an affiliate of the American Ethical Union. Through their work in the National Leaders Council, Leaders engage in continuing education, mutual support, and movement-wide collaboration.
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