For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith.
You do not build your own houses, nor make your own garments, nor bake your own bread, simply because you know that if you were to attempt all these things they would all be more or less ill done.
No one can fail to see that the power of the Church among large numbers in many communities is today diminishing, or has already ceased.
FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.
The ethical manifold, conceived of as unified, furnishes, or rather is, the ideal of the whole.
Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
Love of country is like love of woman – he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.
The exercises of our meeting are to be simple and devoid of all ceremonial and formalism.
We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended.
Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.
Admitting the force of these contentions, nevertheless, the custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.
The Ethical Society, therefore, is like a Church in maintaining, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining the custom of public assemblies on Sunday.
Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence.
The family is the school of duties – founded on love.
Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.