The Call to a Faith in People.
This is a call to the living,
To those who refuse to make peace with evil,
With the suffering and the waste of the world.
This is a call to the human, not the perfect,
To those who know their own prejudices,
Who have no intention of becoming prisoners of their own limitations.
This is a call to those who remember the dreams of their youth,
Who know what it means to share food and shelter,
The care of children and those who are troubled,
To reach beyond barriers of the past
Bringing people to communion.
This is a call to the never ending spirit
Of the common man, his essential decency and integrity,
His unending capacity to suffer and endure,
To face death and destruction and to rise again
And build from the ruins of life.
This is the greatest call of all
The call to a faith in people.
Algernon D. Black, former senior leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture.
The New York Society for Ethical Culture was founded in New York in 1876 by Dr. Felix Adler as a religion based on ethics rather than creed and theology. Dr. Adler saw a pragmatic faith without God, a belief in the infinite worth of the individual, the centrality of ethical principles and the urgency to redeem the democratic promise by improving the lot of the poor and fighting privilege.