Event Calendar

October 2017

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: Ethics of Contemplation
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: Ethics of Contemplation
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

During my summer sabbatical, I visited a childhood friend who is a Sister of St. Joseph in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester, NY. She co-founded and operates Cobblestone Springs, an interdenominational retreat center in the Finger Lakes area, where I gave an afternoon workshop on “All-American Humanism.” That evening I spent an hour in silence with her and the other residents and visitors. At breakfast the next morning, she asked whether Humanism had a contemplative practice.

While my colleagues and I have addressed humanist spirituality (and I led workshop participants in a guided meditation), I had to concede that it hasn’t yet taken the form on a practice or discipline, perhaps because we are so focused on ethical action. 

Shared charity: Encampment for Citizenship

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: Traces of The Trade
Film & Discussion: Traces of The Trade
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

The Ethical Action Committee is presenting the documentary film Traces of The Trade by Katrina Browne.

"A far-reaching personal documentary examination of the slave trade...The implications of the film are devastating."
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 
"Mr. Trump Squanders the World's Trust"
by the Editorial Board

The New York Times, 9/24/17

"Making the Rich Richer"
by R. Foroohar
The New York Times, 9/27/17

"Meet the World Leaders in Hypocrisy"
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 9/21/17

"German Blue-Collar Jobs Help Keep Populism at Bay"
by J. Ewing
The New York Times, 9/23/17

"Folks, We're Home Alone"
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 9/27/17

"Trapped By Their Own Lies"
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 9/25/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
The Untold Story of America's Mindfulness Movement: Then, Now, and the Future
The Untold Story of America's Mindfulness Movement: Then, Now, and the Future
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

NOTICE: This event has sold out, but will be streamed live online. Visit here to register for livestream access: https://eileenfisherlifework.secure.retreat.guru/program/the-untold-story-of-americas-mindfulness-movement-then-now-the-future/?form=1&lang=en

Join three pioneers of mindfulness meditation for a one-time only sharing of their interwoven contributions to its spread in the West. They will delve into the birth of the movement, where it is today, and where it might be going in the future.

Close friends since the 1970s in Cambridge, they became not only practitioners but advocates of mindfulness practice, moving in their unique, synergistic ways to spread their understanding to growing audiences that today form a main stream movement. This story has never been told.

Goleman and Davidson will also present fi ndings from their new book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body to separate hype from fact. Moderated by David Gelles, the New York Times maven of mindfulness, the event is sure to be an evening of lively dialogue.

PLEASE NOTE: After the panel, we will have copies of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body for sale, and there will be a book signing.

For more information, visit garrisoninstitute.org/mindfulness or call 212.874.5210 X144

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool to help us relax, be more focused, and overall feel better. Practiced for thousands of years in the East, it is scientifically proven to work on the brain in a positive way. For someone who follows the beliefs of Buddhism, it is an essential part of the Buddhist belief system. But for most of us, meditation can be a way to better know ourselves. Everybody can meditate. It gives us pause and a moment to sit, relax, and focus on the breath.

6 sessions
(September 20 - October 25)

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group
Great Literature Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Read the novella in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group.  Visit https://www.meetup.com/Great-Literature-Discussions/  to learn more about us.

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

Members Free, Guests $5

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 5, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "'Flee At Once': China's Besieged Human Rights Lawyers" by Alex W. Palmer, The New York Times, 7/25/17
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, October 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Put a Handle on Your Diabetes
with Francisco Diaz, GNP-DC, CDE

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: Traces of The Trade
Film & Discussion: Traces of The Trade
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Racism is alive and well in the United States and we must confront it in ourselves if we ever want to move forward. Please join us for a FREE screening of the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North, a unique and disturbing journey into the history and legacy of the slave trade in the North.

"A far-reaching personal documentary examination of the slave trade...The implications of the film are devastating."
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Producer/Director: Katrina Browne. Co-Directors: Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray. Co-Producers: Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Juanita Capri Brown.

http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: Seth Meyers Talks with Ariel Levy
The New Yorker Festival: Seth Meyers Talks with Ariel Levy
Friday, October 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Westworld
Ethics in Film: Westworld
Friday, October 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Directed by Michael Crichton.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
10:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: Jerry Seinfeld Talks with David Remnick
The New Yorker Festival: Jerry Seinfeld Talks with David Remnick
Friday, October 6, 2017 -
10:00pm to 11:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: Preet Bharara Talks with Jeffrey Toobin
The New Yorker Festival: Preet Bharara Talks with Jeffrey Toobin
Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Auditorium
 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: Atul Gawande Talks
The New Yorker Festival: Atul Gawande Talks
Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: Al Franken Talks with David Remnick
The New Yorker Festival: Al Franken Talks with David Remnick
Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: P.T.S.D. with Andy Borowitz and Friends
The New Yorker Festival: P.T.S.D. with Andy Borowitz and Friends
Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
10:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Auditorium
The New Yorker Festival: Anthony Bourdain Talks with Patrick Radden Keefe
The New Yorker Festival: Anthony Bourdain Talks with Patrick Radden Keefe
Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
10:00pm to 11:30pm
Auditorium
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August).

Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Danny Goldberg: 1967 and the Hippie Idea
Sunday Meeting - Danny Goldberg: 1967 and the Hippie Idea
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

This talk will be based on Goldberg’s book, In Search of the Lost Chord, a reflection on diverse elements of 50 years ago: spirituality, protest, black power, psychedelics, hippies, rock and roll, and how they relate to the Trump era.

Danny Goldberg is President of Gold Village Entertainment, an artist management company whose clients include Steve Earle. Danny formerly managed Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana, and ran several major record companies. He is the author of the book “Bumping Into Geniuses” and graduated form Fieldston in 1967.

Shared charity: ACLU

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, October 8, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
Monday, October 9, 2017 (All day) Indigenous Peoples' Day - Building Closed
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Building Closed
Monday, October 9, 2017 (All day)
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Room 508
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week Tuesday afternoon term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic: The five traits of rational discourse

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool to help us relax, be more focused, and overall feel better. Practiced for thousands of years in the East, it is scientifically proven to work on the brain in a positive way. For someone who follows the beliefs of Buddhism, it is an essential part of the Buddhist belief system. But for most of us, meditation can be a way to better know ourselves. Everybody can meditate. It gives us pause and a moment to sit, relax, and focus on the breath.

6 sessions
(September 20 - October 25)

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Nuclear Diplomacy: From Iran to North Korea?" by Jessica T. Matthews, The New York Review of Books, 8/17/17
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week Thursday evening term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Revisionist
Ethics and the Theater: The Revisionist
Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm

Ethics and the Theater will present: The Revisionist by Jesse Eisenberg.

*Please note that the reading this month will be on Thursday, instead of Friday, because our Society retreat starts on Friday, October 13.

A young American writer arrives at his elderly cousin’s apartment in a small Polish city, purportedly to visit but actually to work on his second novel without distractions. Unfortunately, he counts his cousin’s efforts to entertain, feed, and otherwise connect with him as distractions. The result is a series of often hilarious, sometimes wrenching miscommunications and confrontations, in which each reveals past wounds and present yearnings.

Come at 6:30 pm for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Forgiveness lies at the heart of loving relationships. We all harm, and are harmed by, others. There's no escaping this human condition. The better we understand the process of forgiveness, the better we are able to repair broken connections. Forgiveness must also take place at institutional and political levels for the health of our communities.

This 6-session course will explore the process of forgiveness in both the personal and public spheres.

Syllabus and readings available from Maggie Determann.

Free to members, $5 donation per session for guests

 
 
Friday, October 13, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 15, 2017 (All day)
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY Ethical NYC Annual Autumn Getaway
Ethical NYC Annual Autumn Getaway
Friday, October 13, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 15, 2017 (All day)
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY

Off to the country--Stony Point Center--in the midst of fall foliage!

Highlights:

  • Cocktails on the porch
  • Storytelling and marshmallow roasting around the campfire
  • Music and games
  • Saturday morning Colloquy
  • Off-grounds adventure: Storm King Art Center ($12, includes tour and transportation)
  • Poetry appreciation readings
  • Ethical family dinner
  • Sunday morning platform

All activities held in the Meditation Space, Art Space, or in Gilmor Sloane House.

Reserve to assure your accomodations!

Full Weekend Rate:
Gilmor Sloane House (w/ private bath)
$297 per person, double occupancy ($100 deposit)
includes transportation to and from Stony Point and all meals (Friday dinner - Sunday lunch)

Day Trip (Saturday) Rate
$70 per person ($25 deposit)
We'll arrange as many driver/passenger rides as we can, and provide the train schedule with pickup at the station for others. Includes lunch and dinner on Saturday.

For more information or to make your deposit, contact Maggie Determann at x113/room 501.
For financial aid (confidential), contact Leaders Anne Klaeysen (x119, after Labor Day) and Richard Koral (x115).

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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, October 14, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild
General Meeting
Social Hall

1 - 4 pm

This is a membership organization separate from NYSEC that sets its own yearly & event fees. For more information, visit: www.bakg.org

 
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Friday, October 13, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 15, 2017 (All day)
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY Ethical NYC Annual Autumn Getaway
Ethical NYC Annual Autumn Getaway
Friday, October 13, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 15, 2017 (All day)
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY

Off to the country--Stony Point Center--in the midst of fall foliage!

Highlights:

  • Cocktails on the porch
  • Storytelling and marshmallow roasting around the campfire
  • Music and games
  • Saturday morning Colloquy
  • Off-grounds adventure: Storm King Art Center ($12, includes tour and transportation)
  • Poetry appreciation readings
  • Ethical family dinner
  • Sunday morning platform

All activities held in the Meditation Space, Art Space, or in Gilmor Sloane House.

Reserve to assure your accomodations!

Full Weekend Rate:
Gilmor Sloane House (w/ private bath)
$297 per person, double occupancy ($100 deposit)
includes transportation to and from Stony Point and all meals (Friday dinner - Sunday lunch)

Day Trip (Saturday) Rate
$70 per person ($25 deposit)
We'll arrange as many driver/passenger rides as we can, and provide the train schedule with pickup at the station for others. Includes lunch and dinner on Saturday.

For more information or to make your deposit, contact Maggie Determann at x113/room 501.
For financial aid (confidential), contact Leaders Anne Klaeysen (x119, after Labor Day) and Richard Koral (x115).

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, October 16, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join me and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion. Topic: On moral luck

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members to find out who we are and what we do. Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office, Room 502
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool to help us relax, be more focused, and overall feel better. Practiced for thousands of years in the East, it is scientifically proven to work on the brain in a positive way. For someone who follows the beliefs of Buddhism, it is an essential part of the Buddhist belief system. But for most of us, meditation can be a way to better know ourselves. Everybody can meditate. It gives us pause and a moment to sit, relax, and focus on the breath.

6 sessions
(September 20 - October 25)

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Social Hall
Radical Age Movement Meeting: From Ageism to Elder Abuse
Radical Age Movement Meeting: From Ageism to Elder Abuse
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Social Hall

RSVP: https://www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=10176

This event will tackle a highly important issue that has remained relatively camoflaged from the public eye: elder abuse. Although elder abuse has been on the rise, it has not received nearly as much attention as it should. We not only see elder abuse as a direct result of ageism, but as one of the worst forms of ageist exploitation.

The Radical Age Movement is a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of ageing and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities. Join us for good food, lively discussion, and consciousness raising, and discover the impact of ageing in your own life. Whether you've attended one of our past Consciousness Raising events or are attending for the first time, you will constantly be surprised by what you learn.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Climate Education and Divestment Working Group Meetings
350NYC Climate Education and Divestment Working Group Meetings
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "The Race to Solar Power Africa" by Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 6/26/17
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
American Indian Community House Monthly Social
American Indian Community House Monthly Social
Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Monthly Social and Gathering of Native Americans (GONA).

Drumming, Dancing, Local Native Vendors.

https://aich.org/

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, October 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Let's Talk About Affordable Housing
with Larry Wood, Esq.

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:30 PM
Auditorium
She: A Choreoplay
She: A Choreoplay
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
Auditorium

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/she-a-choreoplay-tickets-35982381271

SHE: a choreoplay, is the vision of Jinah Parker, dancer, choreographer, playwright, creator, and produced by Kevin Powell. Featuring a cast of diverse and gifted dancers and actresses, SHE is about violence against women and girls, about what happened to Sandra Bland, about healing. It is dance, it is music, it is film, it is dialogue, it is monologue, it is an incredibly unique and special theater experience. We are thrilled to produce this very special two Fall performances at NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE after our first highly successful Off-Broadway run earlier this year, at HERE in New York City:

• All of the shows were filled with diverse audiences. Literally every race, culture, class, gender identity/non-identity, and generation/age group
 
• Profoundly beautiful, real, raw, and empowering talk backs after every performance with SHE cast and audience and special guests
 
• Several major media write-ups about SHE, including in The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Medium
 
• Here are THREE of our favorite articles about SHE:
 
MEDIUM:

"SHE, a stunning, beautiful, and evocative choreoplay about women and girls, and men and boys, too”
 
VILLAGE VOICE:
"With ‘She,' Jinah Parker Triumphs Over A Culture That Abuses Women"
 
REMAKING MANHOOD:
“The Transformational Power of SHE, A Choreoplay About Violence Against Women”
 
To learn more about Jinah Parker, The Jinah Parker Project, and SHE, please visit www.jinahparker.com.
 

 

 
 
8:15 AM
Mt. Taurus
Fall Hike 2017
Fall Hike 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:15am
Mt. Taurus

Join us on a hike to
Mt. Taurus in historic Cold Spring, NY.

This 5-hour hike will take us to a summit over the Hudson River. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the river and, on a clear day, Manhattan.  We will take a scenic train ride to the town of Cold Spring.  The town, set on the east bank of Hudson, has many antique stores, nice coffee shops, several restaurants, and a lovely small park.  This town is worth a day's visit even if you do not hike!

The ride on Metro North Hudson line takes an hour and twenty minutes and offers spectacular views of the river.  We will meet at the information booth at Grand Central at 8:25 am.   If you arrive after that time, find us on the train that leaves at 8:43am (Hudson Line).  The round trip ticket is $26. Please buy your own tickets.  Bring a water bottle, light lunch and/or snack for the trail, and a few dollars for a coffee stop at a local cafe.  Wear hiking or sturdy walking shoes (there are some steep parts on decent), and dress in layers for the hike.    Rain cancels.

 
 
7:30 PM
Auditorium
She: A Choreoplay
She: A Choreoplay
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:30pm
Auditorium

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/she-a-choreoplay-tickets-35982381271

SHE: a choreoplay, is the vision of Jinah Parker, dancer, choreographer, playwright, creator, and produced by Kevin Powell. Featuring a cast of diverse and gifted dancers and actresses, SHE is about violence against women and girls, about what happened to Sandra Bland, about healing. It is dance, it is music, it is film, it is dialogue, it is monologue, it is an incredibly unique and special theater experience. We are thrilled to produce this very special two Fall performances at NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE after our first highly successful Off-Broadway run earlier this year, at HERE in New York City:

• All of the shows were filled with diverse audiences. Literally every race, culture, class, gender identity/non-identity, and generation/age group
 
• Profoundly beautiful, real, raw, and empowering talk backs after every performance with SHE cast and audience and special guests
 
• Several major media write-ups about SHE, including in The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Medium
 
• Here are THREE of our favorite articles about SHE:
 
MEDIUM:

"SHE, a stunning, beautiful, and evocative choreoplay about women and girls, and men and boys, too”
 
VILLAGE VOICE:
"With ‘She,' Jinah Parker Triumphs Over A Culture That Abuses Women"
 
REMAKING MANHOOD:
“The Transformational Power of SHE, A Choreoplay About Violence Against Women”
 
To learn more about Jinah Parker, The Jinah Parker Project, and SHE, please visit www.jinahparker.com.
 

 

 
 
9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Bring poems about autumn or lines that fill your ears with something special. We’d love to hear you read.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: "If We Reject Science, It's Over"
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: "If We Reject Science, It's Over"
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The refutation of science is not a function of a poor science education (though that is part of it). It is part and parcel of a much broader and more pernicious phenomenon — that of the utter relativization of knowledge: you have your “truth” and I have mine, and it is subjectivity all the way down. If we continue down that road, the career of humankind may well be veering toward its end. How have we gotten to this point?

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There probably has never been a time when the contradictions have been greater. We have created the wizardry of digital technology, and billions of people are happy to exploit it. We have sent the Cassini spacecraft to explore Saturn, almost a billion miles away, and other probes to investigate the outer planets. We have unlocked the secrets of the human genome and perfected micro-surgeries that perform miracles almost unimaginable a few decades ago. These and countless marvels of science are probably the most dramatic and successful achievements in the career of humankind.

Yet the same folks who vigorously support a military armed with sophisticated weaponry built on the deliverance of science, at the same time deny the reality of evolution, the linchpin on which all modern biology hangs. The same people who depend on their iPhones, air-conditioners, and microwave ovens profess that the earth is no more than 10,000 years old. And the millions who take for granted that modern science can predict a solar eclipse down to a scintilla of a second deny the reality of global warming.

The refutation of science is not a function of a poor science education (though that is part of it). It is part and parcel of a much broader and more pernicious phenomenon — that of the utter relativization of knowledge: you have your “truth” and I have mine, and it is subjectivity all the way down. If we continue down that road, the career of humankind may well be veering toward its end. How have we gotten to this point?

This week’s shared charity: Hispanic Federation

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week:

"gRRRRRReen" -Mask & Costume Making from recycled materials -- yes, you may bring collected clean reusable items like egg cartons and toilet paper tubes -- for a creative workshop to galvanize a movement to make Halloween "Green" !!!  We encourage families to refrain from "buying in" to the consumer-based Halloween, and to connect to it through Green engagement. 

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Zombie Research Society
Ethics for Children: Zombie Research Society
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week:

In this season of Halloween, curiosity and playful-minds may recognize this opportunity of connecting Zombies & Ethics with  wonder. Free membership paraphernalia from the official Zombie Research Society will be distributed to welcome you, as we spin ethics of self-care and community-care through the Zombie-medium.  This Zombie Research Society platform was similarly used by the FDA to galvanize the American public more effectively then ever, toward their goal of "disaster preparedness," several years ago.

In our children's gathering, we will be exploring through archetypal play acting, our own potential and preparedness to become helpful daily heroes,  to be givers instead of takers, to awaken the potential of our own full humanity! We will play-act the zombie-character of our collective imaginations, ultimately to then transform through a rest-n-motion Yoga-n-play based experience that awakens us from zoned-out expression into fully engaged human. What does it mean to be yourself in your full humanity? To awaken the activated helpful hero within you? To activate?!

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Steven Hassan: Undue Influence in The Digital Age: How to Protect Yourself and Others
Sunday Meeting - Steven Hassan: Undue Influence in The Digital Age: How to Protect Yourself and Others
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Only you should be in control of your mind! To do so, you need to know yourself, know how the mind works, and how to be open to learn and grow but protect yourself from predators and cults.

Social Psychology, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, data collection and profiling, covert hypnosis and NLP have ushered in an age of unprecedented capacity to influence billions of people the world over in moments. This talk will build on my two previous talks with a focus on understanding mind control, brainwashing and undue influence with a focus on what we as citizens can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and make positive, ethical social change to protect human rights, our freedom of mind and the planet.

Steven Hassan is a licensed mental health counselor who has written on the subject of mind control and how to help people who have been harmed by the experience. He has been helping people exit destructive cults since 1976. He has appeared on the TV news programs 60 Minutes, Nightline, and Dateline, and is a published author and lecturer. Hassan is a former member of the Unification Church, and he founded Ex-Moon Inc. in 1979 before assisting with involuntary deprogrammings in association with the Cult Awareness Network. In 1999 Hassan developed what he describes as non-coercive methods to help members of cults to quit their groups.

Shared charity: Freedom From Undue Influence: A Division of the Non-Profit Dare Association

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Learn about the fine work of our climate partners--350NYC, Food and Water Watch, and NYC Grassroots Alliance--are doing, and find out how you can be part of a global climate solution. Hear reports about projects and campaigns they are promoting, and get updates on ways to influence your neighbors, families, and communities to pursue more sustainable-living choices.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science - Astronomy for City Dwellers: Stars and the Bright Lights of Broadway
Speaking of Science - Astronomy for City Dwellers: Stars and the Bright Lights of Broadway
Monday, October 23, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Speaker: Robert Kelly, meteorologist

Bright lights make it hard to be an urban astronomer. Start with the brightest stars and use them to find your way to see the constellations. Using a map of the brightest stars can help. Planets, satellites and the moon are bright enough for the city. There are some darker places, even in Manhattan, and people who can show the way. Of course, there are even darker places; the further you go away from city lights the darker the skies and the more stars and galaxies and nebula you can see. Be a casual astronomer in Manhattan – block the lights and see something.

ROBERT KELLY, until very recently, was an air pollution meteorologist with the Environmental Protection Agency’s NYC office. Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and a Master’s in Meteorology and Environmental Science. The events coordinator for the Westchester Amateur Astronomers, Bob gets the word out about weather, astronomy, and environmental science via his blog (bkellysky.wordpress.com), the Almanac column for Westchester Astronomers, and public talks. Most recently, Bob observed his first total solar eclipse as a VIP at Clemson University in South Carolina.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
with moderator Ken Gans

 
Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings TBA

 
 
 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool to help us relax, be more focused, and overall feel better. Practiced for thousands of years in the East, it is scientifically proven to work on the brain in a positive way. For someone who follows the beliefs of Buddhism, it is an essential part of the Buddhist belief system. But for most of us, meditation can be a way to better know ourselves. Everybody can meditate. It gives us pause and a moment to sit, relax, and focus on the breath.

6 sessions
(September 20 - October 25)

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Forgiveness lies at the heart of loving relationships. We all harm, and are harmed by, others. There's no escaping this human condition. The better we understand the process of forgiveness, the better we are able to repair broken connections. Forgiveness must also take place at institutional and political levels for the health of our communities.

This 6-session course will explore the process of forgiveness in both the personal and public spheres.

Syllabus and readings available from Maggie Determann.

Free to members, $5 donation per session for guests

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
CreArtBox Music Series Concert w/ JP Jofre
CreArtBox Music Series Concert w/ JP Jofre
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Tickets: https://creartbox.ticketleap.com/creart-music-series-04/dates/Oct-26-2017_at_0730PM

Ethical Culture and CreArtBox present a new edition of the CREART MUSIC SERIES, designed to present classical and new chamber music, with the collaboration of living composers, New York-based ensembles, world-class soloists, and visual artists.

Visit CreArtBox on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwXkv7dmScCCcmbbj2yA9AQ

On Thursday, October 26th, the award-winning multidisciplinary music ensemble CreArtBox, led by Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca, will perform at the New York Society for Ethical Culture with guest artist JP Jofre.

In this performance, CreArtBox will present a well-balanced program of new and classical music, offering baroque by C.P. Telemann, French impressionism by Florent Schmitt, American 20/21th Century by David Lang and John Cage, Russian romanticism by Sergei Rachmaninoff, a world premiere by Guillermo Laporta, and Argentinian contemporary tango by JP Jofre.

The series is designed to reach new audiences by combining classical chamber music with new pieces by contemporary composers, such as those written by New York-based ensembles and soloists, like electric violinist, Todd Reynolds, composer and video artist Luke DuBois, and the Le Train Bleu Ensemble. All the performances will incorporate theatrical and multimedia elements with a set, projection, and lights designed by Guillermo Laporta.

JP Jofre, Guest Artist

Native from San Juan, Argentina, “J.P.” Jofre is an award winning bandoneon player and composer. Mr. Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues in Asia, Europe, America, and the Caribbean as soloist and composer. He has collaborated with many famous musicians in a wide range of musical styles, including Paquito D’Rivera, Kathryn Stott, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Argentina, San Antonio Symphony Philippe Quint, Fernando Otero, Dallas Symphony, and Fred Sturm among others.

About CreArtBox, Ensemble in Residence

CreArtBox’s core ensemble is composed of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano instrumentalists. However, it also holds a flexible roster of over twenty NYC-based soloists, composers, choreographers, designers, painters, and actors from different ensembles, such as the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Carnegie Hall ACJW Ensemble, and BBC Orchestra.

The group has received numerous distinctions, including awards from the INJUVE Chamber Music Competition, Montehermoso Contemporary Creation Award, Savvy Musicians in Action Chamber Music Competition, and the Queens Council for the Arts.

New York City ensemble activity has been held at Queens Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, DiMenna Center, Spectrum, Flamboyan Theater, New York for Ethical Culture, The Tank Theater, National Opera America Center, Steinway Hall, Cervantes Institute, with other performances in Artisphere Theater, (Washington DC), and Tapp Center (Columbia, South Carolina).

 
 
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Ethics in Education Symposium: Climate Change and Environmental Justice
Ethics in Education Symposium: Climate Change and Environmental Justice
Friday, October 27, 2017 -
5:30pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

While no one is exempt from the ravages of climate change and environmental degradation, poor people and people of color are impacted first, worst and longest. We'll explore several approaches to class discussions on the ethical implications of current circumstances and future policy options.

Buy Tickets

For Current and Future Teachers, Youth Workers and Activists
 
Partial scholarships may be available.
 
For further information, contact info@ethicsineducation.org
 
Accessible. Please let us know if ASL is needed.
 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Jocelyn Medina
The Music Café at Ethical: Jocelyn Medina
Friday, October 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.

MC Steph Walker and the John Wilmeth Jazz trio bring us a bevy of musical talent. The sounds and styles of jazz songstress and composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds, and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa, and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves, and adventurous improvisations.

Doors open at 6:30.

 
 
3:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween
Concert: The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:00pm
Auditorium

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Metro Presents: http://www.metropolitanpresents.com/concert-hall-nysec/

 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Anne Macksoud and Rabbi Dov Taylor: “In Search of Hope"
Sunday Meeting - Anne Macksoud and Rabbi Dov Taylor: “In Search of Hope"
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

"Many Walls separate Palestinians and Israelis –walls of concrete, of mistrust, of ignorance, of fear."

*Join us at 1:30 for a free screening of SEEING THROUGH THE WALL followed by a discussion with Rabbi Dov Taylor and filmmaker Anne Macksoud:
http://ethical.nyc/film-discussion-seeing-through-wall-2017-10-29-173000-2017-10-29-193000

There are none so blind as they who refuse to look, none so deaf as they who refuse to listen. I will discuss my experience of Israel during the past 50 years, beginning in 1966-67 with the lead-up to the Six Day War and through the interfaith encounter with Israel/Palestine that I led in 2016.

Anne Macksoud spent 17 years as a teacher (English literature, photography, and music) before transitioning to film and video production. Once she discovered the “eye-opening” power of the documentary medium, she brought rented documentaries into her classroom on a regular basis. Eventually, she began helping her students make their own films and slide shows on the issues of the day (civil rights, the Vietnam War, and global poverty, to name a few). She approaches filmmaking from the perspective of an artist as well as an educator.

A native New Yorker, Dov Taylor was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1968. He is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL, which he served for twenty five years and leader of Chavurat Ki-tov in Woodstock, Vermont, where he now lives. Dov has been a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Center fo Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and a Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies, as well as teaching at Brandeis University and at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. He has visited Israel many times, twice living for a year each time in Jerusalem. His translation of Joseph Perl’s Revealer of Secrets: The First Hebrew Novel was published by Westview Press, a division of Harper Collins, in 1997 and its sequel will be forthcoming.

Shared charity: American Friends of Parents Circle - Families Forum

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Happy Bones Festival
Ethics for Children: Happy Bones Festival
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week:

Bring a picture & story of an ancestor to this fusion-style "dia de los muertos." We'll do special face painting of decorated bones, and we'll dance with the "happy bones" of our skeletons, celebrating without imaginations ignited by ancestors. 

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: Seeing Through The Wall
Film & Discussion: Seeing Through The Wall
Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Join us for a free special screening of SEEING THROUGH THE WALL with our platform speakers, Rabbi Dov Taylor and filmmaker Anne Macksoud.



*Come at 11am for a talk by Taylor and Macksoud:

http://ethical.nyc/sunday-meeting-anne-macksoud-and-rabbi-dov-taylor-“-search-hope-2017-10-29-150000



In 2016, Rabbi Dov Taylor invited a group of Americans to join him on a tour of Israel and Palestine. This 12-day excursion was not planned as a sight-seeing tour, though there were plenty of sights to see. Rather, the purpose was to introduce tour members to Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories and East Jerusalem, or as Rabbi Taylor put it, “I wanted Americans, and American Jews in particular, to have the opportunity to meet and get to know some Palestinians as human beings, just like themselves, with the same hopes and fears and dreams.”

For Israelis and for Jews around the world, the 1948 War of Independence was a miracle—and a new beginning for a suffering people. For Palestinians, it turned out to be a catastrophe. Both narratives are authentic and paying attention to them is an ethical act. All of the tour members were well aware of the miracle but most were not familiar with the catastrophe. For twelve days they toured Israel and Palestine with the intention of listening and learning. They met with Israelis and Palestinians and witnessed what life is like for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. They learned about the situation of Palestinians who are citizens of Israel and met with Israeli and Palestinian activists who are working for peace.

Seeing through the Wall is not a history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948, with all its moral complexities and tragic suffering on both sides, but a look at the present everyday life of Palestinians. It invites and challenges viewers to question their own assumptions and prejudices.

PRAISE for Seeing through the Wall

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with me. I just watched it from start to end. I was moved by the film and the people you met with. The complexity of the situation and the trauma by all sides truly came through as did the emotional and intellectual reactions.”
—Josh Bloom, MEJDI Tours

“I was deeply moved by this powerful and transformative film! Some of the poignant images will stay with me a very long time. How you happened to stumble across that young Palestinian boy with a true poet’s soul, I don’t know, but it was a perfect ending. I am changed by this film, and I don’t say that about many films, or any films. So thank you.”
—Kathleen Kiley, Writer

“I have just viewed Seeing Through the Wall, which has so many special heartfelt true moments and lessons for peace. The 17-year-old Palestinian fellow, wise beyond years, who closes the film with his poem, “Should I Apologize” is still with me, and not far behind him the linking people through shared pain, allowing their spirituality and hearts to open rather than be blocked off.”
—Gus Nasmith, Human Rights Activist

” I cannot tell you adequately how deeply touched I was by Seeing Through the Wall. It is a magnificent and important piece of work. It should be shown in every synagogue, mosque and church throughout the land.”
—Sister Jeanne Ronzani, Educator

“I’m still choked up after seeing the film just now. Every detail was wrenching. The music, the filming, the photography, the message. What was so strong (and different from other documentaries I have seen on this subject) was that this film is about human beings—not politicians.”
—Susan Meyer, Book Publisher

“This is a very moving film – good both on an intellectual level and on a heart level. I think it will spark good discussion. It is a solid and tender and really a stirring piece of work that is much needed at this time.”
—Simon Dennis, Center for Transformational Practice

“I just finished watching the film and drying my eyes. Thank you Dov for the trip and to the film crew for creating such a moving piece of work. It was so closely tied to the experience, I was amazed.”
—Rabbi Lev Baesh, tour participant

“A solid, tender and really a stirring piece of work that is much needed at this time.”
—Simon Dennis, Center for Transformational Practice

https://olddogdocumentaries.org/shop/seeing-through-the-wall/