Ethical Enrichment

We create a wide range of programs that reflect the philosophy of Ethical Culture and focus on the mind, body and spirit. We sponsor programs leading to personal growth and development throughout all of life within the context of a caring and committed community. Programs are open to members and non-members.

Join us. There's something for everyone!
 
 

Leader-Led Courses

An ongoing part of our adult education programs, our Leaders run a variety of discussion groups that are open to both members and nonmembers. Past leader led programs have included Foundations of Ethical Culture and Humanist Interpretations of the Bible.  Check our calendar periodically for leader led programs, or sign up for our mailing list and receive our weekly email.

Current courses:

Leader Lunch Discussions (Click here for weekly topics)
with Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen
Thursdays, 12pm

What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
with Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30pm

Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
3rd Tuesdays, 7pm

Race, Systems, and Society
with Leader Dr. Richard Koral
2nd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Discussions and Workshops

Ethical Death Café
2nd Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm
4th Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson

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 health care proxy, ethical will, and green burial. Barbara Simpson holds a doctorate in pastoral counseling and is Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services.

$5 suggested donation includes refreshments

Great Literature Discussion Group
1st Wednesdays, 7-9pm
Hosted by Gunther Tielemans

Read the selections in advance, and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring to the specific related text. Visit https://www.meetup.com/Great-Literature-Discussions/ to learn more. Members: Free; Guests: $5 per session.
 

Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Café
3rd Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Moderators: Skye Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci

Based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., Should we be afraid of death? What are the ethics of eating?), introduced through a short, accessible, suggested reading with open discussions aimed at sharpening our thinking about the subject matter being examined during that session. Members: Free. Guests: $5 donation per session.

Stoic School of Life
2nd  & 4th Mondays, 6-8 pm
Moderator: Massimo Pigliucci

The School is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, 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. Members: Free. Guests: $5 donation per session.

Tuesdays with TED – TALKS That Is
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm
Moderators: Leader Anne Klaeysen, 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. Members: Free. Guests: $5 donation per session.

Wisdom and World Affairs
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, Ongoing
Moderator: Ken Gans

A philosophical discussion group with varied subjects: the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, etc. Free.

Arts and Culture

We offer arts and culture programs that include film discussions, writing workshops, art activities, theater performances, and more!
 

The Joy of Personal Writing
Our nonfiction writing course “The Joy of Personal Writing” is in its 15th year at Ethical NYC. The classes are designed to help you get focused on writing, find writing impulses and master basic and more complex writing skills. Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. Instructor: Elaine Berman Gurney
 

Ethical Outlook Literary Issue - A compilation of writings from students and an introduction by Instructor Elaine Berman Gurney. Visit the Workshop Writers' Space to read pieces by past and present workshop writers.

2018 Summer Session - 5 weeks
Thursdays (begins Augus 2), 12:30-2:30pm
 
Class fees: Ethical members $100, Non-members $150. Advance registration is required for the entire term. Please contact Maggie Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org or 212 874-5210x113 for for class and registration information.

Ethics in FilmEthics in Film
1st Fridays, 7-9:15pm, Ceremonial Hall
Monthly film screenings followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
$5 donation includes snacks and refreshments (popcorn, beer, coffee, tea).

Ethics and the TheaterEthics and the Theater
2nd Fridays, 7-9:00pm, Ceremonial Hall. Reception at 6:30pm.
Members of the Society and theater professionals read plays dealing with ethical and moral issues before a live audience. Readings are followed by discussions of the ethical issues raised by the play.
Suggested donatoin: $5 members; $10 public. Includes refreshments.
 

Music Café at Ethical
3rd Fridays, 7-9:30pm, Ceremonial Hall.
Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, and enjoy music, refreshments, and good company.
$5 members; $15 public. Includes refreshments.