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American society is stridently divided. There are those whose primary identities and loyalties are centered on communities which share their values -- ethnic, religious and political. Their dedications tend to be parochial and local. By contrast, many Americans profess broader loyalties. They are committed to others not of their own group and who are different from themselves - to minorities, and to strangers as well as those beyond their family and who hold to similar values.

In conversation with Leader Anne Klaeysen, Ken speaks about the modern settlement house movement in New York City and its role in supporting and assisting vulnerable populations in our city. In the current political and cultural environment, settlement houses continue to provide bedrock services to people in need while simultaneously innovating to assist new immigrant populations, overcome systemic educational challenges and address intensifying problems with housing and employment. Specifically, Ken describes the programming and impact of Hudson Guild, which serves Chelsea and the west side of Manhattan and which has a long and important history with the Ethical Culture movement.

Tickets on Sale Now! 2019 Champions of Change Awards with Rep. Jerry Nadler and ACLU's Lee Gelernt June 7!

Join the New York Society for Ethical Culture on June 7 for the 2019 Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Champions of Change Public Service Awards honoring Congressman Jerry Nadler, Representative for New York's 10th Congressional District and Chair of the House Judiciary Committee; and Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)! Click here to purchase tickets.

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?

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?