Event Calendar

April 2018

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 1, 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen - April Fool's Day: What's Ethical About Humor?"
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen - April Fool's Day: What's Ethical About Humor?"
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote that "the ridiculous is a certain kind of evil, specifically a vice" and believed that, in the ideal state, comedy should be tightly controlled. Some humor can be malicious and reflect a kind of superiority. But it can also be playful and offer much needed relief. On April Fool's Day, we'll explore the role humor plays in our lives.

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In my family, we have a saying: "If you have to tell us something's funny, then it's not." In other words, it should be obvious. We value humor highly and love to call out "Good one!" even if the joke is at our own expense. When interviewing wedding couples, I listen for their laughter. If they don't share a sense of humor, I worry about the success of their relationship. Not everyone values humor - or certain kinds of humor.

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote that "the ridiculous is a certain kind of evil, specifically a vice" and believed that, in the ideal state, comedy should be tightly controlled. Some humor can be malicious and reflect a kind of superiority. But it can also be playful and offer much needed relief. On April Fool's Day, we'll explore the role humor plays in our lives.

Shared Charity: My Own Books

Presider: Maggie Determann

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 1, 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, April 1, 2018 - 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, April 2, 2018 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Can Idleness Be a Virtue?
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Can Idleness Be a Virtue?
Monday, April 2, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

We normally think of idleness as laziness, but there is a philosophical case for it. Oscar Wilde once wrote that “to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.” Indeed, it is difficult to do nothing – just think of the challenges of meditation, but also consider the peace and calm that it is supposed to foster. Meditation is not the only way to achieve calmness of mind, which creates a space for deeper and more reflective thinking. At this café, we will consider the risks and benefits of boredom and being idle, on occasion. Suggested reading: In praise of idleness, by Bertrand Russell (photo). http://tinyurl.com/2t9e7

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.

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, April 2, 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.

 
 
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, April 4, 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, April 4, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Dead (last story of Dubliners) by James Joyce

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, April 5, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Hell of a Fiesta" by Enrique Krauze, The NY Review of Books, 3/8/18 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/03/08/venezuela-hell-fiesta/)
 

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: Planning for End of Life, and That Doesn't Mean Giving Up
Empowering Ethical Elders: Planning for End of Life, and That Doesn't Mean Giving Up
Thursday, April 5, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Planning for End of Life, and That Doesn't Mean Giving Up
with Abby Nathanson, LCSW

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 to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Mean Girls
Ethics in Film: Mean Girls
Friday, April 6, 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: Mean Girls

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 8, 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: Writefully Ours Workshop
Ethics for Children: Writefully Ours Workshop
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week: Writefully Ours workshop with Deepali Srivastava

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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 Meeting - Joe Chuman: Forgiveness
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Forgiveness
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Resentment and guilt seek resolution, which in most cases only forgiveness can overcome. As vital as forgiveness in the lives of individuals and society, there is little discussion of it outside of religious circles. This platform will attempt to take a small step in redressing that imbalance as it explores important questions about our need to give, and to receive, forgiveness.

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Forgiving and being forgiven are deep needs of the soul. Forgiveness is also a necessary and intrinsic aspect of the human condition, given that we all bring hurt to others in large and small ways for which we feel sorry, if not guilty. In return, being the object of injury generates feelings of resentment.

Resentment and guilt seek resolution, which in most cases only forgiveness can overcome. As vital as forgiveness in the lives of individuals and society, there is little discussion of it outside of religious circles. This platform will attempt to take a small step in redressing that imbalance as it explores important questions about our need to give, and to receive, forgiveness.

Shared Charity: Midnight Run

Presider: Pat Debrovner

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Colloquy: Wonder
Colloquy: Wonder
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects.

This week's topic: Wonder

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

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 408
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:30pm
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
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, April 8, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
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. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys w/ Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.
The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys w/ Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.
Monday, April 9, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

Join co-editor Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., on Monday, April 9, at 7 pm in Ceremonial Hall for a presentation and book-signing. Admission is free. RSVP here: https://guidetoteach-ethicalnyc.eventbrite.com

Schools that fail Black boys are not extraordinary. When schools fail Black boys, it’s because they are doing school the way that school has always been done, in a system that was not built for their success. White women make up 65% of the teaching force in America. If we succeed in shifting outcomes for Black boys, it will be because they responded to the call to change the way we do school.  This extraordinary resource brings together research, activities, personal stories, and links to video interviews to help teachers rise to the challenge. It is an eye-opening book for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be White and the reality of what is involved in becoming a White anti-racist and social justice advocate.

Dr. Moore is an author, activist, educator and founder of the White Privilege Conference. Learn more about him at https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, April 10, 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/tara_houska_the_standing_rock_resistance_and_our_fight_for_indigenous_rights

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

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

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, April 10, 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.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 12, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "The Challenge of Arctic Governance" by Douglas C. Nord (https://www.wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/into-the-arctic/the-challenge-of-arctic-governance/)

"An Investment Model for the Arctic" by Tero Vauraste (https://www.wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/into-the-arctic/an-investment-model-for-the-arctic/),  The Wilson Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2017 

 

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: Same Time, Next Year
Ethics and the Theater: Same Time, Next Year
Friday, April 13, 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: Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade

George and Doris are married, but not to each other. They love their spouses, but once a year they meet for a weekend tryst. With humor and tenderness, Bernard Slade’s Drama Desk Award–winning play traces the course of their annual affair from 1951 through 1975, as the couple’s lives and the world around them change.

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.

 

 
 
8:15 AM
Mt. Taurus
Spring Hike 2017
Spring Hike 2017
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 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.

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
Read aloud with us. Bring the poems that suit your mood.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 15, 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Spring Festival: "Earth, Teach Me"
Sunday Meeting - Spring Festival: "Earth, Teach Me"
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

This inter-generational celebration tells the story of “Kikir of the Walking Trees” (http://www.kikirofthewalkingtrees.com) and features our in-house singers and musicians. Set on a mystical island facing the threat of overdevelopment, Kikir, the hero of the story is a young sapling who helps the displaced animals. We will use our imaginations to write an ending to this story.

Shared Charity: Food and Water Watch

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen

 
 
11:00 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 11:00am
Adler Study, Room 514

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, April 15, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: The Barefoot Artist
Film & Discussion: The Barefoot Artist
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Directors: Glenn Holsten, Daniel Traub

https://www.barefootartistfilm.com/

As an artist, Lily Yeh believes art to be a human right. As a community organizer, she believes it can bring people together and mend the broken spirit. Directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub, The Barefoot Artist reflects on Yeh’s life as an artist, from her childhood in China to her home in Philadelphia, and the communities she has impacted over the years. Using art as a method of community building, Yeh and her nonprofit Barefoot Artists has helped countless impoverished communities in Africa, India and around the world. This film traces her years of service to helping these communities and enacting social change, as well as the personal struggles she’s faced over the years; it’s an honest and moving story of a woman who has spent her entire life using art as a vehicle for good.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life: Nobody Expects the Stoic Opposition!
Stoic School of Life: Nobody Expects the Stoic Opposition!
Monday, April 16, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic: Nobody Expects the Stoic Opposition!

The so-called Stoic opposition was a group of Stoic Senators and philosophers opposed to the tyrannies of emperors such as Nero, Vespasian, and Domitian. Many of them paid the price for their political engagement, either with exile or with their lives. We'll talk about this episode in Stoic history in the context of the broader question of what sort of social and political engagement, if any, is required by the practice of Stoic philosophy. Suggested reading: http://1clickurls.com/ubRaBi

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 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, April 17, 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, April 18, 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, April 19, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "The Peculiar Business of Being Russian-American in Trump's USA" by Anastasia Edel, The NY Review of Books, 2/16/18 (http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/02/16/the-peculiar-business-of-being-russian-american-in-trumps-usa/)
 

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: Introduction to Chair Yoga
Empowering Ethical Elders: Introduction to Chair Yoga
Thursday, April 19, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Introduction to Chair Yoga
with Virginia Atkins, Yoga Instructor

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
Book Launch - The Einstein File: The FBI's Secret War Against The World's Most Famous Scientist with Author Fred Jerome
Book Launch - The Einstein File: The FBI's Secret War Against The World's Most Famous Scientist with Author Fred Jerome
Thursday, April 19, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Please join author Fred Jerome on Thursday, April 19th for the launch of the new and updated edition of his exciting book THE EINSTEIN FIILE: THE FBI'S SECRET WAR AGAINST THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS SCIENTIST. The Einstein File details the FBI’s efforts to discredit Albert Einstein's influence in the US and to destroy his prestige.

For the first time, the author reveals the depth of the anti-Einstein campaign, as well as the story behind it—why and how the campaign originated, and provides the first detailed picture of Einstein's little known political activism. This updated edition includes an account of the FBI’S virtually unreported 'TREASON FILE.' Refreshments Served

RSVP: https://einsteinfile-ethicalnyc.eventbrite.com

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: David Bennett Cohen and Michael Rorby
Music Café: David Bennett Cohen and Michael Rorby
Friday, April 20, 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.

On Friday night, April 20, 2018, the Music Café at Ethical presents a loose, fun evening to honor the coming of sweet spring, and to feel the unexpected, and even dance! Trombonist and singer Michael Rorby and piano player David Bennett Cohen headline, performing separately and then playing some New Orleans jazz together. Celebrate the different spin backed with our stellar John Wilmeth Jazz Trio.

DAVID BENNETT COHEN is “… a certifiably smokin' barrel house rumba boogie-woogie piano player in the James Booker/Professor Longhair/Dr. John vein." (CMJ New Music Report). He is best known for his innovative keyboard playing as a founding member of the '60's Rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, and later, touring with the Blues Project. David is an equally accomplished guitar player, playing both instruments while touring with the musical, Rent, in the 1990s. He has played with Huey Lewis, Luther Tucker, Mick Taylor, Tim Hardin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Michael Bloomfield, and Bob Weir. For many years, David played in what he called “the best Blues jam ever” at the weekly Big Ed Sullivan’s Blues jam at the Grisly Pear in the Village. His critically acclaimed CDs, “Cookin’ With Cohen,” “In the Pocket,” and “David Bennett Cohen at the Piano” are available on his web site, www.davidbennettcohen.com.

Sweden-born composer, recording artist, and trombonist MICHAEL RORBY is an international phenomenon and a steady presence on the New York jazz scene. A sublime soloist as well as consummate side-man, Michael is known for his creative styling and solid swing. He has recorded and performed with many jazz legends, including Philip Harper, Johnny O'Neal, Patience Higgins’ Sugar Hill Quintet, the Phil Young Experience, Harvie S., Roy Merriweather, Enrique Haniene, and was the last trombonist of the late great Dennis Davis. Michael regularly tours, records, teaches and gives masterclasses in New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Paris. He has performed the North Sea Jazz Festival annually for more than 10 years. Michael grew up in a house full of music. His father Jörgen Rörby was one of the foremost classical guitarists and lutenists of his generation, and his grandfather Ingvar Sahlin was a pastor, organist and choir conductor. www.michaelrorby.com

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 22, 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, April 22, 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 - Adrian Hyde: Regenerative Agriculture at the Nexus
Sunday Meeting - Adrian Hyde: Regenerative Agriculture at the Nexus
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

What we eat and how it is grown have profound implications on human health, ecology, animal welfare and local economies. In this discussion, we’ll take a high-level tour through the intersections of agriculture and each of these areas, taking a few dives into the weeds along the way. There will be numerous references for further learning.

Adrian Hyde is Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (https://nofanj.org).  He also owns and runs a certified organic vegetable and berry farm in Hopewell, New Jersey (http://dunwald.farm).  Adrian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his master’s degree from Harvard.  He is a strong proponent of regenerative agricultural systems.  

Shared Charity: Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey

Presider: Monica Weiss

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion - Wasted: The Story of Food Waste
Film & Discussion - Wasted: The Story of Food Waste
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:30pm
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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science: Digging Up the Definition of "Fossil" w/ Carl Mehling
Speaking of Science: Digging Up the Definition of "Fossil" w/ Carl Mehling
Monday, April 23, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Speaker: Carl Mehling, Senior Museum Specialist, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History

People have a sense of what fossils are but defining the term “fossil” is remarkably tricky. We will attempt to pin it down, observe the inevitable pitfalls of the quest, and see if we can clarify the concept. And along the way we will observe the bewildering variety of fossils and dig into the philosophy of definitions.

 
 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: New York State Campaign Finance Reform
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: New York State Campaign Finance Reform
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

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

Join us for Lunch with The League of Women Voters, featuring a buffet lunch (12pm-1pm) followed by a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike, and usually includes a Q&A.

Guest Speakers:

Moderator: Errol Louis - Host of Inside City Hall, on  NY1

Blair Horner - Legistrative Director New York Public Research Group (NYPIRG)

Amy Loprest - Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board

Ian Vanewalker - Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center's Democracy Program

Rachel Bloom - Director of Public Policy and Programs at Citizens Union

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

Macron Urges E.U. to Uphold The Authority of Democracy

The Real Next War in Syria

I.M.F. Sees Risks to World Economy in Trade Threats From Trump

The Re-Election of Hungary's Far-Right Leader Should Worry Europe

Earth, Wind And Liars

The Blindness of Social Wealth

 
 
 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, April 25, 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, April 26, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "South Korea's Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics" by Brook Larmer, The NY Times, 2/20/18 (https://ww.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/magazine/south-koreas-most-dangerous-enemy-demographics.html

"Seeing Bounty Abroad, Will North Koreans Change Their Homeland?" by Motoko Rich, The NY Times, 2/16/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/world/asia/north-koreans-olympics.html?rref=collection%2Fseriescollection%2Folympics-international-2018)

 

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.

 

 
 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
2018 Ethical Art Auction & Cocktail Party
2018 Ethical Art Auction & Cocktail Party
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Celebrate our April Arts Month and support us by bidding on artworks generously donated by our members. Join us for a cocktail party and submit final, in-person bids on April 27 at 7:00pm.

Online pre-bidding is now open! Browse and pre-bid here: https://www.32auctions.com/NYSEC2018

 
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11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 29, 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 - Creative Arts Celebration w/ CreArtBox
Sunday Meeting - Creative Arts Celebration w/ CreArtBox
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Our monthly theme of Arts April culminates in a celebration of music and visual art with CreArtBox and poetry with member Cheryl Gross.

CreArtBox, under the direction of Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca, is a chamber music collective that performs, and records the greatest works in the classical chamber repertoire and presents innovative works by established and emerging composers, incorporating theatrical and multimedia elements.

Shared Charity: CreArtBox

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor