Event Calendar

October 2014

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1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Rob Hofman

October 1, 15 and 22 

Three big B's: Body, Brain and Balance. They are interconnected, they keep us functioning and they need to be maintained. There is a lot we can do to keep our body, our brain and our balance system up to par and that is what this workshop is about. It will be an enjoyable, practical and learning experience.  Wear easy, loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. See you there.

To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org or call 212.874.5210 x117. 

 
 
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Larry Schiff  
 
This month we will be reading: On Happiness, by Aristotle, and Apology by Plato.  
 
For the school year beginning September 2014 we will continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 PM and we will be using readings from the Great Books Foundation—their First Series. It contains selections from  Checkov (“Rothchild’s Fiddle”), Aristotle (“On Happiness”), Plato (“Apology”), Conrad (“Heart of Darkness”), Kant (“Conscience”), Marx (“Alienated Labor”), The Bible (Genesis), Freud (“On Civilization”), Roseau (“The Social Contract”), Darwin (“The Moral Sense of Man”), Shakespeare “Othello”), Hume (“Of Justice and Injustice”), Tocqueville (“The Power of the Majority”), Simmel (“Individual Freedom”), and Sophocles (“Antigone”).

This set can be purchased from the Great Books Foundation.  It currently costs $28.95 plus tax and shipping for the whole 3 volume set plus discussion guide).

 

Give it a try—all you have to do is read the selection carefully and show up.

 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“What I Saw on Rikers Island” by Cecily McMillan, 7/23/14; “Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail” by Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz, 7/14/14; and “U.S. Inquiry Finds a ‘Culture of Violence’ Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island” by Benjamin Weiser and Michael Schwirtz, 8/4/14, The NY Times.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Dr. Carolyn Norris, DDS
 

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please call 212.721.4407.

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Deepening Ethical Circles
Deepening Ethical Circles
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Dr. Anne Klaeysen moderator.
 

Meaningful personal development and community growth can flourish when people share in the lives of others, especially through empathetic listening and talking about matters of ultimate concern. Small group experiences, provide an opportunity for members to explore their deepest understanding of life in community

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Ethics in Film - My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Ethics in Film - My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Moderator: Chris Everett 

Directed by Nick Cassavetes

In Los Angeles, the eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald seeks medical amancipation from her mother Sara, who wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after it was discovered that her older sister Kate had leukemia; how Anna was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor for Kate; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to help her sister.

 

 

 

 
 
8:30 AM
Fall Hike - Canceled due to inclement weather
Fall Hike - Canceled due to inclement weather
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 8:30am
Hike to Bull Hill in historic Cold Spring, NY.
 
 
 
 
5:00 PM
Social Hall, lower level
African Dance at NYSEC
African Dance at NYSEC
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 5:00pm
Social Hall, lower level
African Dance Performance - "Alma Libre" and "Jungledom"
 

"Alma Libre" and "Jungledom," performed by two internationally renowned Ethical Culturists, Nina Ndjemba Elemva, a guest teacher at NYSEC's Ethics for Children program, and Simba Yangala, a teacher at the Brooklyn Society's Ethics for Children program.  

The program isn't just for children; people of every age are invited to enjoy a great evening of music and dance. 

Bring friends and pot luck treats to share. We'll have a marvelous time. Please RSVP to: Ethicsforchildren@nysec.org, or Ethicsforteens@nysec.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 9:45am
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 - A Land of Immigrants
Sunday Meeting - A Land of Immigrants
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Henryka Komanska Presides
 

We're all immigrants or descended from immigrants. Since humanity originated in Africa, even indigenous people migrated here, discovering America millennia before Christopher Columbus came ashore. They settled here and thrived until Europeans invaded and nearly destroyed all trace of them. This talk pulls on the many threads that form our contemporary American fabric.

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children - "Ethical Body -- Kind Mind"
 

Led by Audrey Kindred with October's special guest teacher: children's yoga teacher, Crystal McCleary

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 Audrey Kindred and Ishmael Islam Preside
 

Info./ Planning Sessions: free and open to all interested - An individualized learning journey for maturing tweens & teens, culminating in ceremony & celebration. Please RSVP to: EthicsforTeens@NYSEC.org.

 
 
2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Assembly
Sunday Assembly
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

An hour of secular fun, and socializing. Coffee and cookies after the event.

 

 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
NYSEC Board Meeting
NYSEC Board Meeting
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 

 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.

 

Tonight:

Countering and Containing extremist ideology in the Middle East.

 

Kirkpatrick - NY Times 9/25/14

Cohen - NY Times 9/30/14

Friedman - NY Times 10/1/14

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
"Israel's 'Moral Army'?" by Michael Mitchell, Forward, 7/18/14; "Taking Just War Seriously in Gaza" by F.M. Kamm, Boston Review, 7/31/14; and "Failure in Gaza" by Assaf Sharon, NY Review of Books, 9/25/14.
 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Israel's 'Moral Army'?" by Michael Mitchell, Forward, 7/18/14; "Taking Just War Seriously in Gaza" by F.M. Kamm, Boston Review, 7/31/14; and "Failure in Gaza" by Assaf Sharon, NY Review of Books, 9/25/14.
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 
 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater
Ethics and the Theater
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 
Ethics and the Theater will present  a play reading of John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen. It is eight years since John Gabriel Borkman was released from jail, but he remains a prisoner in his house. Never venturing outside, he has been abandoned by old friends and is despised by his wife, who leaves him to pace, alone, upstairs, as she sits downstairs, plotting the restoration of the family’s honor. Borkman, a banker, speculated with–and lost–the funds entrusted to his care. For that he was imprisoned. But he is guilty, as well, of a more intimate betrayal, one that has condemned not only Borkman himself but his entire circle to frigid, loveless cells from which each struggles to break free.
 
Cecelia Riddett directs our cast, which includes Amber Bogdewiecz, Stephen Bradbury, Susanna Frazer, Artem Kreimer, Sylvia Niemenen, Guy Strobel and Donnah Welby.  Come at 6:30 for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.
 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
“Who Defines You?” Joe Marvel presides. 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - How America's Values and Institutions Shape Our Influence
Sunday Meeting - How America's Values and Institutions Shape Our Influence
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader
Beverly Newman Presides
 

We are at war again. The rationale is our security. But the regardless of aims, dropping bombs and wreaking destruction on others with a ferocity hard to imagine inevitably generates backlash, resentment and hatred of American power. Making war in the service of protecting our interests is an example of America's hard power. But there is another way to influence foreign peoples and that is through our values and our example; so-called "soft power." To inspire others to want to emulate who we are is in the long run of greater power than to coerce to them to conform to our policies and objectives through brute force. But is America a shining example to the rest of the world? We tout the virtues of democracy and freedom. But others can rightly question what democracy and freedom bring when we look at the state of American education, the vast inequality between classes and festering poverty, brutality meted out to minorities, two million citizens in prisons and an political system that stagnates and for the moment is broken. How we comport ourselves internally influences our foreign policy. I'll take a closer look on October 12th.

 
 
11:00 AM
No Ethics for Children's program today
No Ethics for Children's program today
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:00am
 
 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Abe Markman Presides
 
A lively discussion of what’s in the news today, gaining perspective on current events.
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
How you relate to death is the key spiritual work of aging.  Quote Zalman Schachter - Shalomi
 
Philanthropist Sam Simon finds meaning during the last stages of cancer. While losing his battle with colon cancer, “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon is giving away his fortune to feed homeless people and rescue animals from being killed in animal shelters. Sam Simon, 59, co-creator of “The Simpsons,” the longest-running American sitcom, is determined to give away the fortune he has made from the show.  

My question for us all to ponder is.  How can we be sure that those we love know the depth of our love? Meditate on this and share your discoveries with this community.

It is with a Heavy heart that I share with you that Alan Leventhal has died. He worked with the Ethical Death Cafe since April 2012. He had stomach Cancer diagnosed in July. 

Below is his Obituary

Alan D. Leventhal died in New York’s Mount Sinai Hospice Unit of stomach cancer and complications on September 20. He was 77. His father, Reuben Leventhal, and mother, Ella (née Deutsch) owned and ran Leventhal Pharmacy in Bayonne, New Jersey. Alan studied at Bard College and Columbia University. He lived in London for many years, where he worked at Gray Advertising and J. Walter Thompson, and met his future wife, Elaine Richard. He returned to the U.S. in 1972, living in Boston for seven years and employed by Chirurg & Cairns advertising agency. A daughter, Claire Rachel, was born in June, 1975. They moved to Manhattan in July, 1977, and divorced in 1982. He had a radio show “Time for a Change” on WBAI; was an editor for Whole Life Times; and directed Whole Life Expos. For 20+ years he has worked in real estate, most recently, with Claire, for Halstead Property real estate in New York City.

Alan is survived by a brother, Ronald, of California, and his daughter, Claire Richard.

 

 

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Leaders' Office, Room 502
No Ethics for Teens program today
No Ethics for Teens program today
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leaders' Office, Room 502
Audrey Kindred and Ishmael Islam Preside

 

 
 
Monday, October 13, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Monday, October 13, 2014 (All day)

Columbus Day

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 

 
 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Iraq: The Outlaw State" by Max Rodenbeck (9/25/14) and "Obama's Unauthorized War" by David Cole​ (9/11/14), NY Review of Books.

 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Rob Hofman

October 1, 15 and 22 

Three big B's: Body, Brain and Balance. They are interconnected, they keep us functioning and they need to be maintained. There is a lot we can do to keep our body, our brain and our balance system up to par and that is what this workshop is about. It will be an enjoyable, practical and learning experience.  Wear easy, loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. See you there.

 

To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org or call 212.874.5210 x117. 

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Society and Solitary Confinement: The War Within
Society and Solitary Confinement: The War Within
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Iraq: The Outlaw State" by Max Rodenbeck (9/25/14) and "Obama's Unauthorized War" by David Cole​ (9/11/14), NY Review of Books.
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
David C. Leven - Executive Director Compassion & Choices of New York
 

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please call 212.721.4407.

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 9:45am
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.

 
 
9:45 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
Come and share some of your favorite poems with us. 
 
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Theme is “Ethical Body – Kind Mind.” For information: youngethicalexplorers.blogspot.com.
 
 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - What Is Ethical Culture and Why It Matters
Sunday Meeting - What Is Ethical Culture and Why It Matters
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Arthur Dobrin, Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 
What does it mean to say Deed Before Creed? Is Ethical Culture an atheist organization? What is the significance of believing in the uniqueness of each individual? Is Ethical Culture a religion? These are some of the questions addressed in this talk.
 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Community Meeting
Community Meeting
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Meg Chapman, NYSEC President Presides

Come find out what’s up behind the scenes at NYSEC and meet your new president, Meg Chapman.

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room 502
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Room 502
Ethical earth work, one of this series of dynamic workshops, along with socializing and reflection to inspire leadership, social activism and confidence.  Guided by Advisor Audrey Kindred. 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

Find out who we are and what we do. Ask us about Ethical Culture - our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership.

Please email AJ Johnson, or call 212-874-5210 x113 in advance to attend.

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
We will explore selections from famous environmental authors, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, Michael Pollan, Rachel Carson, Richard Louv, Edward Abbey and Jane Goodall. This is a great way to cover classic environmental literature. 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 

 
 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong" and "Wang Lixiong and Woeser: A Way Out of China's Unrest?" by Ian Johnson, NY Review of Books, 8/7 & 8/14.
 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) - NY kicks off panel discussion series
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) - NY kicks off panel discussion series
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
CFI-NY kicks off panel discussion series with “Playing Well with Others: Secular Living in a Religious World” with comedienne Leighann Lord, Chris Stedman, Don Kennedy Albert and Rev. Kathleen Green.
 

Moderator and comedienne Leighann Lord will join author Chris Stedman, musician Don Kennedy Albert and Universalist Unitarian minister Kathleen Green to discuss the day-to-day challenges and victories of living a secular life in a faith-based society.

Chris Stedman, author, is an American writer and interfaith activist who serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community at Yale University. 

Don Kennedy Albert is a singer-songwriter who spent 20 years as a recruiter for the Jehovah's Witnesses. Having seen the destruction of families by means of this practice, Don became active in the online "ex-jw" community.

Reverend Kathleen A. Green is a Universalist Unitarian minister in Ridgewood, N.J. She received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ, and her master of divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL.  

Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian who has been seen on Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, ABC’s The View, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and The Original HBO Def Comedy All Star Jam. 

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 502
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Room 502
Moderator Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman
 

Discuss the works of Felix Adler and other thinkers whose writings are seminal to Ethical Culture and humanist philosophy.

 

To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org or call 212.874.5210 x117.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Dr. Barbara Simpson
How you relate to death is the key spiritual work of aging.  Quote Zalman Schachter - Shalomi

Fun isn't something that is given or done to you, it is something that you allow yourself to experience.

As adults, we often get so caught up in “grown up” business that we can forget how to have pure fun. This isn’t the kind of fun that comes from doing a specific kind of activity or being in a specific mood for fun. Rather, this is the fun born from the state of pure being. 

You see this kind of fun in small children who are so busy being fully present to their lives and in their own bodies that the glow of fun radiates from them just because they are alive: the delight that flashes across the eyes of a child who discovers that water flows with the turn of the tap knob or the squeal of pleasure from a young baby whose tongue is being tickled by cold ice cream; then there’s the full, infectious laughter of a child watching the same hat trick for the fiftieth time. 

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance - last session
Body, Brain and Balance - last session
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Rob Hofman

October 1, 15 and 22 

Three big B's: Body, Brain and Balance. They are interconnected, they keep us functioning and they need to be maintained. There is a lot we can do to keep our body, our brain and our balance system up to par and that is what this workshop is about. It will be an enjoyable, practical and learning experience.  Wear easy, loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. See you there.

To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org or call 212.874.5210 x117. 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong" and "Wang Lixiong and Woeser: A Way Out of China's Unrest?" by Ian Johnson, NY Review of Books, 8/7 & 8/14.
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
4:00 PM
Auditorium
Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award
Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 4:00pm
Auditorium
 
The New York Society for Ethical Culture will present the Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award to The Fortune Society.
 

 
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10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens
Ethics for Teens
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Volunteer: Happy Bones Festival
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Crime and the Broken Window Theory
Sunday Meeting - Crime and the Broken Window Theory
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curt Collier, Leader
Patricia Bruder Debrovner Presides
 
Thirty-two years ago sociologists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling promoted their “broken-window theory” as a way to explain the behavior of people regarding public disorder and community neglect. 
 

The theory was used to defend policing strategies under then Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the “quality of life” ordinances inspired by the theory were used to explain the dramatic decrease in crime in the early 90s in New York City.  Recently, the theory has come back into debate with the appointment of Police Commissioner William Bratton, who was the chief advocate of broken-window theory inspired policies under Giuliani.  What does the Broken-Window Theory purport and why has it become so controversial?  What evidence supports the theory, and what evidence supports other underlying causes of the behavior.  Environmentalist and Ethical Culture Leader Curt Collier will give his take on the theory, and why it may need a fresher, and broader, look. 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall
Curt Collier, Leader Presides
 

Gather to discuss the impact of lifestyle choices on our planet and ways to adapt that a make meaningful difference. We engage in serious and practical discussion about culinary choices, commuting alternatives, and how our purchases aid or hamper the natural world. Participants are asked to share openly with others in a supportive environment.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

"Are the Authoritarians Winning?" by Michael Ignatieff, NY Review of Books, 7/10/24.

 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Are the Authoritarians Winning?" by Michael Ignatieff, NY Review of Books, 7/10/24.

 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Fall Session
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508