Event Calendar

March 2019

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7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Pi
Ethics in Film: Pi
Friday, March 1, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 1st Sunday for our Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club!

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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 Platform - Leader Anne Klaeysen - Jane Addams and John Lovejoy Elliott: Good Neighbors to All
Sunday Platform - Leader Anne Klaeysen - Jane Addams and John Lovejoy Elliott: Good Neighbors to All
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The Settlement House movement began in London with the founding of Toynbee Hall in 1883, and flourished in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It served the poor in urban areas with an approach to social reform that brought together, as neighbors, volunteers and the needy, finding more effective solutions to poverty and pioneering the profession of social work. Perhaps the most famous among these settlement houses was Hull House opened in Chicago by Jane Addams in 1889. She and John Lovejoy Elliott, who founded Hudson Guild in Chelsea on the lower west side of Manhattan in 1895, were Ethical Culture leaders who acted to elicit the best in everyone around them. This morning we will hear their stories.

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity: Encampment for Citizenship

 
 
12:30 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 12:30pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor

Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann, newcomer host Susan Needles, and other Society members to find out who we are and what we do while enjoying a delicious lunch! This is an opportunity to ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs, and membership. All are welcome! Please RSVP by calling ext. 1113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life: Heraclitus
Stoic School of Life: Heraclitus
Monday, March 4, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic: Heraclitus, the pre-Stoic philosopher who inspired Marcus Aurelius

Heraclitus was one of the most interesting, and puzzling, of the pre-Socratic philosophers. He is famous, among other things, for saying that we never step into the same river twice. He was a major influence on the Stoics, and particularly Marcus Aurelius. Let's explore Heraclitus' notion of the Logos, as well as his "process metaphysics" and the implications they have for modern ethics.

Suggested reading: https://www.patreon.com/posts/heraclitus-pre-20738821

More info: https://www.meetup.com/Stoic-School-of-Life/ and https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library (507)
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Religion--From Theology to Congregations w/ Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Religion--From Theology to Congregations w/ Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen
Monday, March 4, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library (507)

What does one do when there’s no clearly defined ethical road to take? This program features speakers from a variety of backgrounds — medicine, law, business, science, education, the arts, social work, etc. — who share their experience and knowledge of ethical issues in those fields. Monthly, 1st Monday.

Are religions ethical? What kind of ethics (if any) do religions teach? What makes a particular theology ethical - or not? How are theologies interpreted in congregations? What core values hold congregations together? What role does a clergy leader play? What are the responsibilities of a congregation towards its clergy and of clergy to the congregation? We'll explore these and other questions with someone who grew up in a Catholic congregation, raised her children in the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, and has served the Long Island and New York Societies as clergy leader.

Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College and is the Humanist Chaplain at New York University and Columbia University.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 -
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:

A Racist, A Con Man...A Cheat

Don't Fight the Robots. Tax Them.

AI Still Needs HI (Human Intelligence)

Cyber Attack Neutralized Russian Trolls as U.S. Voted

How the Upper Middle Class In America is Really Doing

Trump, Trade and the Advantage of Autocrats

 
 
6:30 PM
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:30pm

Moderator: Dr. Richard Koral, Leader

Through readings, self-reflection and the sharing of relevant experiences, we will explore the meaning of the volunteer work that we do as it relates to our personal life journeys. It will be expected that each participant will engage in an ongoing volunteer project that provides some kind of service to the disadvantaged.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Great Literature Discussion Group: Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage

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, March 7, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

"When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy" by Brent Staples, The NY Times, 2/3/19 (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/opinion/sunday/women-voting-19th-amendment-white-supremacy.html)

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham
Ethics and the Theater: White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham
Friday, March 8, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Playwright Bruce Graham interweaves the lives of two white couples - one young, the other middle aged - and a black single mother in a complex dance of surprising, searing, and deeply disturbing intensity.

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
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 1:00pm
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: Expectations
Colloquy: Expectations
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 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!

Presider:

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Preparing for Spring Festival
Young Ethical Explorers: Preparing for Spring Festival
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week we'll be preparing for our spring festival!

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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 Platform - Joe Chuman: Einstein's Religion
Sunday Platform - Joe Chuman: Einstein's Religion
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

It’s worth 2.9 million dollars, and it has created quite a buzz in intellectual circles. The center of attention is a brief missive written by Albert Einstein, nicknamed “the God Letter,” that was recently auctioned by Christie’s and purchased for that amount. Written in 1954, a year before his death, it summarizes Einstein’s thoughts about God as well as his Jewish identity.

Einstein's views on religion, I contend, should be of great interest to Ethical Culturists. On the one hand, he vehemently denied belief in a supernatural God, yet proclaimed that he was deeply religious. While this assertion may seem like a contradiction to most of the public, it places Einstein within the territory occupied by many, if not most, Ethical Culturists. Hence, an understanding of Einstein's religious thought, and how he understood himself to be religious can help us clarify our own.

This is what I intend to do in my talk on "Einstein's Religion" on March 10th I look forward to seeing you then.

Presider: Sarah Tielemans

Shared Charity: STRIVE

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria (6th Floor)
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria (6th Floor)

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 1:30pm
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. 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe - Philosophy of Friendship: the Good, the Bad, and the Toxic
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe - Philosophy of Friendship: the Good, the Bad, and the Toxic
Monday, March 11, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

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.

Friendship is a crucial element of the good life. As Seneca said, "Nothing...refreshes and aids a sick man so much as the affection of his friends. Nothing so steals away the expectation and the fear of death." Nevertheless, being a great friend is challenging because it takes practice, courage, and time. Friendships can also be messy, rife with conflicts and tensions. And all too easily, friendships can turn sour through neglect, misunderstandings, jealousy, or too much or too little honesty. In this cafe, we will discuss the philosophy of friendship, including the nature of friendship, what being a good friend means, what an ideal friendship looks like, and the role of frenemies.

Suggested listening: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/episodes/On-the-importance-of-friends...

Suggested reading: https://aeon.co/essays/when-a-friendship-turns-sour-more-than-feelings-g...

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

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd Tuesday with Leader Anne Klaeysen and 4th Tuesday with Leadership Coordinator Maggie Determann.

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/janell_hobson_the_breathtaking_courage_of_harriet_tubman

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
An Evening With the League of Women Voters - Tanya Melich: Can Women Change Politics?
An Evening With the League of Women Voters - Tanya Melich: Can Women Change Politics?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-women-are-influencing-us-politics-ticke...

Tanya Melich helped organize the Manhattan Women's Political Caucus, then went on to co-founded the New York State National Women's Political Caucus which focused on educating women in gaining political power. Melich has managed several state and local political races and has contributed to major national newspapers and magazines.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 -
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.

We'll be discussing Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools By Pedro Noguera and Jean Wing (eds), a series of essays describing the experience in Berkley High School, a highly integrated school.

“Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.”

 
 
10:30 AM
Lobby
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:30am
Lobby

We will take the subway to 116th St. After an excursion to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, we will proceed down Broadway to either 34th or 42nd St., depending on lunch and the mood of the hikers.

RSVP not required but requested. Hope you can join us. Email Bob Bumcrot (rbumcrot65@gmail.com) or Howard Rose (howardrose125@gmail.com) to RSVP, or just show up on time.

If bad weather cancels, the walk will be postponed to Wednesday, March 20.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Classical Music Club
Classical Music Club
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Monthly, 2nd Wednesdays!

Devotees of classical music are often intrigued by the nuances of different recordings of the same piece. Attendees are invited to bring more than one CD of the same musical composition -- under the baton of different conductors, virtuosos, or orchestras. We'll listen to them (or excerpts) and discuss our opinions about those differences.

Jack Oisher, Moderator

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 14, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

"Kate Manne: The Shock Collar That Is Misogyny" by Regan Penaluna, Guernica Magazine, 2/7/18

(https://www.guernicamag.com/kate-manne-why-misogyny-isnt-really-about-hating-women/)

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, March 14, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe: Carolyn Leonhart
Jazz Cafe: Carolyn Leonhart
Friday, March 15, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!

A soulful singer of “stunning intelligence” with a voice that is “absolute magic” (Jazz Times), award-winning vocalist Carolyn Leonhart beautifully weaves together the worlds of jazz and pop. She has been a member of Steely Dan for over a decade, has toured and performed with Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, the Charles Mingus Big Band, Hank Jones, Catherine Russell, and was recently featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sign up if you’d like to perform at the Open Mic hour that follows.

The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics). 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 9:30am
Room 508

March brings the sounds and sights of spring. And it’s Women’s History Month. Bring what you like!

Cheryl Gross Presides.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Spring Festival: Inch by Inch
Sunday Platform - Spring Festival: Inch by Inch
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We host many programs on Global Climate Change but what are we doing right here in our meeting house? Children will teach us what they have learned about personal responsibility for our environment in an interactive platform full of art, music, and ethical action.

Presider: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen and Audrey Kindred

Shared Charity: Rise and Root Farm

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Young Ethical Explorers
Young Ethical Explorers
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

We host many programs on Global Climate Change but what are we doing right here in our meeting house? Children will teach us what they have learned about personal responsibility for our environment in an interactive platform full of art, music, and ethical action.

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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, March 17, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: Ethnic Notions
Film & Discussion: Ethnic Notions
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Our monthly social justice documentary and discussion series, every 3rd Sunday! Presented by the Ethical Action Committee.

Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America.

Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes, and wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films, popular songs, minstrel shows, advertisements, folklore, household artifacts, even children's rhymes. These dehumanizing caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the Civil Rights period and implanted themselves deep in the American psyche.

Narration by Esther Rolle and commentary by respected scholars shed light on the origins and devastating consequences of this 150 yearlong parade of bigotry. ETHNIC NOTIONS situates each stereotype historically in white society's shifting needs to justify racist oppression from slavery to the present day. The insidious images exacted a devastating toll on black Americans and continue to undermine race relations.

"Disturbing but absorbing! With no rancor and considerable scholarship it lays out how stereotypes helped white society justify slavery, segregation and even lynchings." - The Los Angeles Times

"Riggs packs enough in one hour to fill a documentary three times its length! Hearing the songs, watching the films and seeing all the artifacts are what make Ethnic Notions roll with the power of a juggernaut... It's nothing short of astounding." - The New York Post

 

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 -
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:

Socialism and the 2020 American Election

Two Women, Heroes of Our Age

Whom to Elect for a Crisis at 3 A.M.?

Grown-Ups Get a Scolding on Climate

If Stalin Had a Smartphone

The Power of Pety Personal Rage

 
 
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, March 19, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issues 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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
Green New Deal Accountability Forum
Green New Deal Accountability Forum
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/fossil-free-new-york-nyc-town-hall

Join us at town hall style forum to question Governor Cuomo, Attorney General James and Comptroller DiNapoli, and City-wide elected leaders such as Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer and Speaker Johnson about the accelerating climate crisis. Our state and local elected officials must act now.

Hear what our electeds plan to do to confront the climate crisis as we put the peoples' questions to them. Together, let’s show them our movement will hold them accountable to achieve the bold, transformational action our communities need!

Co-organized by a growing list of organizations including 350.org, 350NYC, Divest Invest, DSA - Climate Justice, Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), the People’s Climate Movement - NY, Sane Energy Project, Sunrise NYC, WeACT for Environmental Justice, and the Working Families Party.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 21, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

"First Women of Philosophy" by Dag Herbjornsrud, Aeon, 11/23/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/before-the-canon-the-non-european-women-who-founded-philosophy)

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Happy Hour for Humanity
Happy Hour for Humanity
Friday, March 22, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Every 4th Friday!

Many of us are young professionals working full-time jobs, some are starting and caring for families, and we're all living in what seems to be a state of survival trying to make it here in the tri-state area--but we're not alone! Although we lead busy lives, we know it's important to engage with others in our community to support, motivate, and challenge each other to be our best ethical selves.

Once a month, let's unite and make some time to meet over refreshments to discuss current ethical issues around the globe as well as ones we're facing locally. By sharing current events, short articles, videos, and personal narratives, let's break out of our daily routines to make a toast to humanity together.

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Richard Koral: Is There an Ethical Culture Spirituality?
Sunday Platform - Richard Koral: Is There an Ethical Culture Spirituality?
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

As we seek meaning and connection in our lives, the concept of “spirituality” can serve as a defining element of that search. But the term itself defies definition. Over 100 years ago, Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler offered a way of looking at spirituality that can help us bring alive the ideal of one’s interconnectedness with the web of life. Can it serve as a guide for today?

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

Shared Charity: Social Service Board

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Drawing and writing workshop with Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours.

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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, March 24, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Prison Writes Orientation
Prison Writes Orientation
Sunday, March 24, 2019 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Led by Jessica Hall of Prison Writes.
https://www.prisonwrites.org

Prison Writes is an innovative, therapeutic writing program with a trauma-informed approach. We bring writing workshops to detained, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals for advocacy, therapy, literacy and more. Prison Writes mission is to support participants literacy development and writing skills so they can have real opportunities for successful rehabilitation and re-entry.

Prison Writes' high professional standard was developed to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, while introducing participants to real world writers. Our workshops are co-facilitated by licensed social workers and professional writing teachers who are also published authors.

Through Prison Writes, NYWW instructors have taught workshops for formerly incarcerated community members at the New York Public Library, with youth populations in an alternative-to-incarceration program, young people in the New York City Administration of Children’s Services Close to Home initiative, program participants at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office of Re-entry, and Bronxconnects Alternative to Incarceration program for adolescents.

Our facilitators engage participants in literacy development through diverse reading materials and writing exercises. We aspire to increase participant’s confidence in achieving their career, educational, and life goals through writing. This includes the ability to communicate their lived experience to self-advocate, and to pursue higher education and meaningful and gainful employment.

We bring writing workshops to participants in the institutions where they are being held and receiving services. Our workshops are tailored to participant’s needs. For women who are preparing for re-entry we work with them to write their bios and resumes. Activities include lifemaps and poetry exercises reflecting on where they are from and where they are headed. For youth who have been repeatedly suspended, and their educations have been interrupted by jail, our workshops focus on literacy development through reading and writing exercises based on contemporary literature, magazines, comic books, and lyricists.

Jessica Hall, the Executive Director of Prison Writes, has worked directly with at risk youth in New York City for over twenty years. She has conducted intergenerational oral history projects with public school students and memoir writing with court involved youth. Jessica received her BA in Political Science from Brooklyn College graduating CumLaude. She graduated with honors with her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work in NYC with a focus on Community Organizing. Jessica is a licensed social worker.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Speaking of Science - The 2018 U.N. Climate Change Summit: A Journey on Climate, Conflict, and Human Rights
Speaking of Science - The 2018 U.N. Climate Change Summit: A Journey on Climate, Conflict, and Human Rights
Monday, March 25, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Speaker: Joseph Siegel, Pace University Program in Environmental Law

Professor Siegel attended the 24th United Nations Climate Change Summit as a member of the Climate Change Policy Project of Mediators Beyond Borders International. He will discuss the summit negotiations as they relate to climate change impacts and human rights, and he will also address opportunities for climate change-related conflict prevention and collaboration.

Joe Siegel is a climate change and air pollution expert with thirty years of experience in policy, regulatory development, permitting, litigation and enforcement. He has been at the forefront of climate change mitigation and adaptation law and policy. In addition to being an experienced environmental advocate, Joe is a mediator and facilitator who seeks to build bridges between diverse stakeholders and arrive at collaborative solutions. He has applied these approaches to a wide variety of environmental matters, including climate change, sustainability, environmental justice, estuaries, and water pollution. Joe is also a frequent speaker and writer on climate change and environmental collaboration and conflict resolution.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd Tuesday with Leader Anne Klaeysen and 4th Tuesday with Leadership Coordinator Maggie Determann.

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.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
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. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 -
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, March 28, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

"The New Authoritarians Are Waging War on Women" by Peter Beinart, The Atlantic, Jan/Feb 2019

(https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/authoritarian-sexism-trump-duterte/576382/)

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, March 28, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
 
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11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers - Deed: Ethical Activism
Young Ethical Explorers - Deed: Ethical Activism
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

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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 Platform - Jason Haber: Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, and the Battle for New York
Sunday Platform - Jason Haber: Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, and the Battle for New York
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Jane Jacobs called it a ballet. It was a soaring, stimulating, and safe place. Neighborhoods had density. Buildings had character. Streets had eyes. By the 1960’s, urban planning had changed. Led by Robert Moses, the ballet of the City would come to a grinding halt. It was replaced by the superblock, the highrise and the highway. The wrecking ball sealed the fate of neighborhoods. What implications did this have on life in New York and how do those fateful decisions still impact us today?

JASON HABER is a serial and social entrepreneur. His extensive career has intersected the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology. In 2010 he co-founded Rubicon Property, a social entrepreneurial real estate firm based in Manhattan. Warburg Realty acquired Rubicon in 2013. He has vast experience in government and public policy. Haber has worked as an adviser for several elected officials and candidates in New York City and in Washington, D.C. Haber was an adjunct professor at John Jay College where he taught public policy courses. In 2016, his first book, The Business of Good, became a best seller in 3 different categories on Amazon and has since become a must-read for social entrepreneurs. Haber is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Fox Business News and has been covered in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Haber currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Presider: Hazel May

Shared Charity: Charity Water

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat - Film & Discussion: Paris to Pittsburgh
Climate Chat - Film & Discussion: Paris to Pittsburgh
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 508

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

Spotlighting the cities, states, businesses and citizens taking action, Paris to Pittsburgh explores the very real social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters, from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines. The film features voices from local leaders as well as everyday Americans presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including boomtowns formerly reliant on coal such as Pittsburgh. Other locations featured in the film include Puerto Rico, California, Iowa, Florida and New Jersey. Paris to Pittsburgh is a production of RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies, distributed by National Geographic.