Event Calendar

May 2018

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 4th Tuesdays
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:

Adapting to American Decline

Israel's Got Its Own Refugee Dilemma: African Dreamers

A Rising in Alabama, So the South's White Terror Will Never Be Forgotten

Why Does Trump Treat Immigrant Kids Cruelly? Because He Can.

North Korea's Phony Peace Ploy

A Pope Given to Apologies has Nothing for Indigenous Canada

 
 
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, January-May.
With Leader Anne Klayesen

Humanism is as old as humanity and as necessary a philosophy today as ever. Definitions abound, but novelist Kurt Vonnegut put it most succinctly: “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” As a worldview, Humanism places humanity within, not above or outside, nature. Awareness of our mortality prompts us to learn more about our existence and environment, just as it inspires us to give meaning to our lives. In taking responsibility for our actions, Humanists dedicate ourselves to improving living conditions for everyone.

This course will delve into the history of Humanism, elucidate its key concepts, and address the ways in which this philosophy (and, for some, religion) can guide us in the future. Syllabus and resource materials will be made available upon registration. Guest speakers will introduce participants to varieties of Humanism.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group
Great Literature Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R.L. Stevenson

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, May 3, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
“What’s the best option?” by Larry Temkin, 3/13/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/attempts-to-choose-the-best-life-may-be-doomed-to...) and “If we disagree about morality, how can we teach it?” by Michael Hand, 3/16/18, Aeon (https://aeon.co/ideas/if-we-disagree-about-morality-how-can-we-teach-it)
 

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: Can Older People Cope with An "Inconvenient Truth?"
Empowering Ethical Elders: Can Older People Cope with An "Inconvenient Truth?"
Thursday, May 3, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Can Older People Cope with An "Inconvenient Truth?"
with Vince Brancato

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Social Hall
NYC Grassroots Alliance Film & Discussion - Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
NYC Grassroots Alliance Film & Discussion - Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
Friday, May 4, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:45pm
Social Hall

Join us for a film screening about the biomass industry. Bring friends. Find us in the basement meeting room at NY Society for Ethical Culture at 2 W. 64th St. (building entrance is up a few stairs and through an unmarked wooden door).



BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry.



BURNED is a feature-length documentary, which takes an unwavering look at the latest energy industry solution to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and of the people and parties who are both fighting against and promoting its adoption and use.



Through interviews with activists, experts, and citizens, along with verité-style footage shot across the U.S. and in the EU and UK, the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy-policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the biomass industry practices, the conflict between jobs and trees, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect their own health, their communities, the forest, and the planet’s climate.



Woven together, the various stories present an intimate and visceral account of what is at this moment in time a critical, yet mostly unknown, national and international controversy.Trees provide us with oxygen to breathe and they consume carbon dioxide which contributes to healthy soil and nutritious food. They also provide shade for us in a warming planet. They take decades to grow. Cutting them down to burn for fuel is harmful. We need to be using renewable energy for fuel and letting trees provide their many important benefits.



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Forests play a crucial role in our survival. Deforestation is contributing to wide scale warming of our planet. Many trees provide us with wonderful food. Deforestation is wiping out many animal species, reducing sources of nuts and fruits that we love and need.



The biomass industry cuts down trees and converts them to pellets that are sold as fuel in Europe, while claiming to only use unhealthy and dead trees and unusable parts of healthy trees. The filmmaker demonstrates that that's not true and that that untruth is perpetuated by European companies who buy it from US biomass companies.



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We have invited the filmmaker to join us for a Q and A via Skype. We hope to see lots of tree-lovers at this event so we can build collaboration to protect trees and forests.



Find out what you can do to protect precious trees and forests and how to help get the word out about the biomass industry.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Good Will Hunting
Ethics in Film: Good Will Hunting
Friday, May 4, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
This month's film: Good Will Hunting
 
Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a genius who’s living a rough life in South Boston. While employed at a prestigious college, he is discovered by a Fields Medal-winning professor who eventually tries to get Will to turn his life around. Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 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 - "Our Ethical Lives" Community Day & Activities Fair
Sunday Meeting - "Our Ethical Lives" Community Day & Activities Fair
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for an interactive morning when we will celebrate our community, learn about the many programs we offer, and invite members to become more involved. Presented by the Program Coordinating Council.

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen.

Shared Charity: Camp Linder

 
 
12:15 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Sunday, May 6, 2018 -
12:15pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Engage in the process of running your Society. Learn about running for our Committee to Nominate Trustess, perhaps choose to join other existing committees, and vote in members to the Board of Trustees. Stay for the luncheon and celebrate member anniversaries and recognize our wonderful group of committed volunteer members. Ethical Members only.

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: What Is the Use of Thought Experiments in Moral Philosophy?
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: What Is the Use of Thought Experiments in Moral Philosophy?
Monday, May 7, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: What Is the Use of Thought Experiments in Moral Philosophy?

Moral philosophy has indulged in convoluted hypothetical situations that seem to be designed more to show off the cleverness of the people working in the field than to actually help the rest of us live an ethical life. Engage in a discussion about what the practical lessons of the infamous “trolley problem” thought experiment might be, because, as the Stoic philosopher Epictetus put it 19 centuries ago: “If you didn’t learn these things in order to demonstrate them in practice, what did you learn them for?” (Discourses I, 29.35)

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/SkyeandMassimophilosophycafe

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 7, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Grassroots Alliance is a coalition of environmental groups focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels, especially fracked shale gas, with wind, water and solar power. Events range from screenings to panel discussions to rallies and art builds. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Leader Anne Klaeysen

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.

https://www.ted.com/talks/priya_vulchi_and_winona_guo_what_it_takes_to_be_racially_literate

https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_is_the_world_getting_better_or_worse_a_look_at_the_numbers

https://www.ted.com/talks/glen_henry_what_i_ve_learned_being_a_stay_at_home_dad

https://www.ted.com/talks/diane_wolk_rogers_a_parkland_teacher_s_homework_for_us_all

https://www.ted.com/talks/carter_emmart_demos_a_3d_atlas_of_the_universe

https://www.ted.com/talks/anika_hazra_a_simple_way_to_tell_insects_apart

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Classical Music Listening Session and Discussion: Shostakovich's 4th Symphony
Classical Music Listening Session and Discussion: Shostakovich's 4th Symphony
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Please join us for a listening session and discussion of Dimiri Shostakovich's lesser known 4th Symphony. Afterwards, stay to learn more about its fascinaing history with Shostakovich fan and Ethical member Jack Oisher.

Refreshments will be served.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 10, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
“Steven Pinker’s Counter-Counter-Enlightenment” by Saloni Dattani, Quillette, 3/1/18 (http://quillette.com/2018/03/11/steven-pinkers-counter-counter-enlighten...)
 

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 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia
Ethics and the Theater: The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia
Friday, May 11, 2018 -
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 Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia by Edward Albee

Martin—a hugely successful architect who has just turned fifty—leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters.

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.

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, May 12, 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild General Meeting

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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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Is Western Civilization Judeo-Christian or Secular Humanist?
Colloquy: Is Western Civilization Judeo-Christian or Secular Humanist?
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 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).

Topic: Is Western Civilization Judeo-Christian or Secular Humanist?

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

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman - Glorious Visions: An America Beyond Tribalism
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman - Glorious Visions: An America Beyond Tribalism
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

American society is arguably more divided than at any time since the Civil War. Added to divisions of race, class, and ethnicity is group loyalty on the basis of political ideology and opinion. It is a new and strident form of tribalism. Not only are people who disagree allegedly mistaken; they have become enemies.

The survival of America and its democracy are seriously threatened. Ways must be found to get us beyond this fierce tribalism and weaken the loyalties that fuel it--a complex problem, to be sure. The solution needs to start with a vision. We need a revitalized vision of democracy.

This week’s shared charity is Mothers Against Gun Violence, which demands action from legislators – state and federal – companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

Presider: Larry Hurst

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 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, May 13, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, May 13, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Room 508

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
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Cocktails with The League of Women Voters: New York as A Sanctuary City
Cocktails with The League of Women Voters: New York as A Sanctuary City
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

To RSVP, contact LWV manager Emily: ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or 212-725-3541

How is New York City attempting to protect its immigrants against the Federal Government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials who do not honor our status? Find out when you join us at this cocktail party. The evening’s speakers focus on this important issue of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike. The program includes a Q&A.

Ravi Ragbir is an immigrant advocate and organizer who serves as the Executive Director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York, where he works directly with those who are facing deportation to empower them in the struggle to remain in the US. He was arrested by ICE agents in New York City on January 11 and sent to a detention center in Florida then transferred to the Orange County Facility in upstate New York. He was finally released on January 29 after New York the courts intervened.

Amy Gottlieb is a community leader and wife of detained immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir. She is the Associate Regional Director for the Northeast Region of the American Friends Service Committee. In this role Amy is responsible for supporting programs in the Northeast Region that focus on Immigrant Rights, Healing Justice, and Youth Leadership. Amy worked from 2001 – 2014 as Program Director of the AFSC Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, and prior to that as staff attorney

Angela Fernandez, Esq., is the Executive Director and Supervising Attorney of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Angela is a first generation immigrant, whose mother migrated to the United States from Baitoa of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and has more than 20 years of experience advocating for human and civil rights in the United States and internationally.

Dana Kuperman, Sanctuary Coodinator at the Fourth Universalist Church

 
 
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, May 15, 2018 -
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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, January-May.
With Leader Anne Klayesen

Humanism is as old as humanity and as necessary a philosophy today as ever. Definitions abound, but novelist Kurt Vonnegut put it most succinctly: “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” As a worldview, Humanism places humanity within, not above or outside, nature. Awareness of our mortality prompts us to learn more about our existence and environment, just as it inspires us to give meaning to our lives. In taking responsibility for our actions, Humanists dedicate ourselves to improving living conditions for everyone.

This course will delve into the history of Humanism, elucidate its key concepts, and address the ways in which this philosophy (and, for some, religion) can guide us in the future. Syllabus and resource materials will be made available upon registration. Guest speakers will introduce participants to varieties of Humanism.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 17, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
“Mark Lilla and the Crisis of Liberalism” by Samuel Moyn, Boston Review, 2/27/18 (http://bostonreview.net/class-inequality/samuel-moyn-mark-lilla-and-cris...) and “How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy” by Yascha Mounk, The Guardian, 3/4/18 (https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/04/shock-system-liber...)
 

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: Helpful Technology, Devices and Services for Seniors
Empowering Ethical Elders: Helpful Technology, Devices and Services for Seniors
Thursday, May 17, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Helpful Technology, Devices and Services for Seniors
with Mark Zilberman, LCSW

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
A Christian Humanist, a Secular Humanist, and a Philosopher: On God, The Big Questions, and Ending Human Trafficking
A Christian Humanist, a Secular Humanist, and a Philosopher: On God, The Big Questions, and Ending Human Trafficking
Thursday, May 17, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

From letters to a philosophical roadshow; a debate turned friendship. The latest collaboration between philosophically inclined Christian Andrew Murtagh and secular humanist Adam Lee, comes a fresh trifecta of inquiry, debate, and activism.

Andrew Murtagh and Adam Lee are both engineers, authors, and activists. Adrew's background is in biomedical engineering and he works in the med tech industry; Adam a software egineer working in that sector. In their free time, both blog at Patheos on the big questions; Andrew at Soapbox Redemption, Adam at Daylight Atheism. In their theological discord, they wrote a book, Meta, became friends, and have teamed up to end human trafficking.

Discussion will be moderated by Massimo Pigliucci, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York and author of Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life.

You ask the questions! From metaphysics and morality to consciousness and free-will; abortion and healthcare to the just city. An eening of truth seeking amongst friends, a rally to end modern slavery.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Frank Senior & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Music Café: Frank Senior & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, May 18, 2018 -
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.

Guest vocalist FRANK SENIOR brings his unique phrasing and smooth style as he infuses elements of blues, standards, and gospel into his jazz repertoire. Blind from birth, Frank has never let that stop him; he has worked with many of the jazz greats at venues from Birdland and the Blue Note to the U.N. and Gracie Mansion.

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Bring poems that have your favorite lines and stanzas.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 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 - Omar Khan - A Crucible for Humanism: Shaw's Pygmalion
Sunday Meeting - Omar Khan - A Crucible for Humanism: Shaw's Pygmalion
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Laureate, reluctant Oscar winner, was one of the greatest writers of the English language and one of the most fabled playwrights of all time. Of his many plays, none has captured popular attention more than Pygmalion, which went on to spawn My Fair Lady.

Of course, this is even more timely, as Project Shaw by the Gingold Group is doing a dramatic reading of Pygmalion at Symphony Space in February, and Bartlett Sher's production of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center will begin previews in March!

Embedded in this play is a provocative, still utterly salient, radical and quite ecumenical view of human potential: what constrains it, what liberates it, how social roles congeal, that razor's edge between empty rebellion and meaningful freedom. All this in what Shaw wryly calls "a romance." And in exploring this play, our sense of "romance" gets enlarged and emancipated as well.

Shaw's play throws down a gauntlet, challenging trite conceptions of human relations, as well as our sense of self and growth. It deserves to be "rediscovered" as a multi-faceted provocation, for shining a light on how we can engage with each other, for exploring different facets of "loving" with integrity -- even how at times as paradigms get unsettled and expanded, we may have to "wince" our way to wisdom.

An avid New Yorker now, born in Egypt, of Pakistani heritage, Omar Khan grew up in NYC, lived also in the UK, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Founder of a consulting firm, Sensei International, which helps organizations engage human performance to deliver business results. Founder of The International Business and Wine Society, which offers "Symposia" and "Convivia" as the Greeks and Romans essentially intended. Long-time devotee, gadfly and benefactor of the Shaw Festival in Canada, the only Festival devoted to the work and ideas of George Bernard Shaw. Spoke previously at The Philadelphia Ethical Society as well on Kantian Ethics and Humanism, a topic on which he wrote a thesis at Oxford University.

Shared Charity: Women for Afghan Women

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: Traffic Stop
Film & Discussion: Traffic Stop
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Sponsored by the Ethical Action Committee

As a stop for a routine traffic violation escalates into an arrest, Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American schoolteacher, is yanked from her car, repeatedly thrown to the ground, and handcuffed. En route to jail, she and and an officer discuss race and law enforcement in America. The Oscar-nominated documentary short, directed by Kate Davis, juxtaposes the actual dashcam recording with scenes from King’s everyday life.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life - Seneca's Letters to Lucilius: A Sampler
Stoic School of Life - Seneca's Letters to Lucilius: A Sampler
Monday, May 21, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic: Seneca's Letters to Lucilius: A Sampler

There are 124 letters from Seneca to his friend Lucilius. We’ll start with a first group, comprising one on saving time: https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/ seneca-to-lucilius-on-saving-time/, three on true and false friendship: https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/ seneca-to-lucilius-on-true-and-false-friendship/, and four on the terrors of death: https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/seneca-to-lucilius-on-the.... That ought to keep us busy for an evening!

The School is inspired by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. We will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome.

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
7:00 PM
Room 408
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Room 408
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members for dessert, and 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
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Leader Anne Klaeysen

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, May 22, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 4th 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:

America's Retreat Continues

Are We Becoming Too Like China?

#MeToo Goes Global

The Future of The Left in America

An Indecent Disrespect

Deep-Red Alaska, Feeling Thaw, Devises Climate Change Plan

When Newspapers Justified Lynching

 
 
 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 -
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. 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 24, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
“The Great Awokening: What happens to culture in an era of identity politics?” by Molly Fischer, The Cut, 1/10/18 (https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/pop-cultures-great-awokening.html)
 

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.

 

 
 
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Democracy at a Crossroads: An Inter-generational Dialogue
Democracy at a Crossroads: An Inter-generational Dialogue
Thursday, May 24, 2018 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Hosted by the Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) and Ethical NYC

RSVP to admin@encampmentforcitizenship.org

A lively conversation among activists of different generations committed to building a vibrant movement for justice and democracy.

EFC alums Gale Brewer, Peter Neufeld, Miles Rapoport, Edna Wells Handy, Jason Warwin, and Keith Wright will join the discussion.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, May 24, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 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, May 27, 2018 - 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 - Cris Beam - Empathy: The Gaping Fault-Line in American Culture
Sunday Meeting - Cris Beam - Empathy: The Gaping Fault-Line in American Culture
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Empathy has become a gaping fault line in American culture. In this talk, Cris Beam will discuss empathy’s practice and potential—and the ways we can harness it in new and unusual ways. She will explore the latest findings and read from her new book, I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy.

Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. She is the author of four books, the most recent of which is I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March 2018. Cris' work has also been featured in the New York Times, The Awl, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and on This American Life.

Shared Charity: You Gotta Believe

Presider: Pat Debrovner

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Ethical NYC 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.

 
 
Monday, May 28, 2018 (All day) Memorial Day - Building Closed
Memorial Day - Building Closed
Monday, May 28, 2018 (All day)
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
350NYC Film & Discussion - Wasted: The Story of Food Waste
350NYC Film & Discussion - Wasted: The Story of Food Waste
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

There are millions around the world who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Rob is on a mission to solve this problem. We can all easily be a part of the solution… and it starts with a dumpster.

Rob is an adventurer, activist, and dude making a difference. His purpose is to inspire health, happiness, and freedom on Earth and he’s dedicated his life to this mission. He has cycled across the United States, twice, on a bamboo bicycle, went 1,000 days without showering, and has dove into thousands of dumpsters across America, all to inspire positive social and environmental change. When not out adventuring he lives off the grid in a fifty-square-foot tiny home in San Diego. His extreme adventures and activism campaigns may appear unattainable at first glance but within them are an abundance of simple lessons and tips that can be adapted into any life to live with more happiness, health, and freedom.

Hosted by 350NYC.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 31, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
“Will Robots Set Us Free?” by David Moscrop, Boston Review, 2/7/18 (http://bostonreview.net/philosophy-religion/david-moscrop-will-automatio...) and “The Future of Leisure” by Stuart Whatley, Democracy Journal, 3/12/18 (https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/the-future-of-leisure/)
 

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.