Event Calendar

May 2016

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9:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 9:30am
Adler Study, Room 514
 

Explore and practice mindfulness.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 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 - We are Ethical Culture! Community Day and Activities Fair
Sunday Meeting - We are Ethical Culture! Community Day and Activities Fair
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Program Coordinating Council 
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader presides
 
Join us for an interactive morning when we will learn about the many programs we offer and how members can become more involved. Our Annual Membership meeting follows at 12:15 pm, and we will celebrate our achievements at our annual Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 1, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Annual Membership Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 12:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

Out of Africa, Climate Change and desperate migrants

 

1.  Out of Africa  by Thomas L. Friedman APRIL 13, 2016

2.  2016 Already Shows Record Global Temperatures  By Tatiana Schlossberg APRIL 19, 2016

3.  Out of Africa Part II   by Thomas L. Friedman  APRIL 20, 2016

4.  Out of Africa Part III  by Thomas L. Friedman  APRIL 27, 2016

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group- Antony and Cleopatra
Great Books Discussion Group- Antony and Cleopatra
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
 
"Antony and Cleopatra"* by Shakespeare
 
Read the selections in advance, and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring and reading to us the specific related text.
 
Because this is the format for the discussion, it is important that we all have the same text. To purchase the Great Books Reading and Discussion Second Series and Reader Aid we’ll be using through June, 2016, visit this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/great-books.html You can also visit www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group  to learn more about us.

 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 5, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 “The Obama Doctrine” by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, April 2016 
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Auditorium
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
Auditorium
NYSEC, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, 2016 ‘Champions For Change’ Award, Honoring Eric Holder & Sen. Kristen Gillibrand
 
 
Dr. Phylliis Harrison-Ross
 

 

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 5, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Auditorium
A Celebration of Excellence
A Celebration of Excellence
Thursday, May 5, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Auditorium

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film - Being There (1979)
Ethics in Film - Being There (1979)
Friday, May 6, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Hal Ashby
 
Having lived his life as the gardener on a millionaire's estate, Chance (Peter Sellers) knows of the real world only what he has seen on TV. When his benefactor dies, Chance walks aimlessly into the streets of Washington D.C., where he is taken in by wealthy Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine). Because Chance is so well mannered, everyone assumes he must be a man of profound intelligence. No matter what he says, it is interpreted as a pearl of wisdom and insight. Both a modern fable and a political satire, Being There is based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508

On Aging with Bob Berger

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Thinking About Fascism
Sunday Meeting - Thinking About Fascism
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Leader Joe Chuman
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader presides
 
 
"I am not the only one to believe that we are in a dangerous political moment. The mainline press has become comfortable in describing utterances characteristic of this election cycle as "demagoguery."  Some have even invoked "fascism" to describe the disposition, ambiance and positions of Republicans who are vying to become the leaders of the free world. It is this that I feel impelled to discuss in that our times don't permit me to remain silent. Clearly we detect resonances to fascism. But just as clearly fascism is an emotionally explosive term drawing a direct line to Mussolini and Nazism. 
 
The philosopher, George Santayana, said, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."  But how to employ history to the present, or to predict the future, is very tricky business. Though there are enough similarities to make us very uncomfortable, mid-twentieth century Europe is not twenty-first century America, and the differences should forestall rash conclusions. Yet...  In my address of May 8th, I will take a look at fascism as I seek to determine whether the category fits the current aspirants to the world most powerful office."
 
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 8, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

Free Family Festival!

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508
Abe Markman Presides
 
A lively discussion of what’s in the news today, gaining perspective on current events.

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, May 8, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

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. 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics- FULL
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics- FULL
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D.
Consultant in Medical Ethics
 
six monthly sessions, 2nd Tuesday
 
Contemporary healthcare is often ethically problematic. Medical decision-making can be confusing and stressful, not only for patients but also for their families and friends.  This course— which consists of six monthly meetings— will examine a series actual clinical cases from the perspective of ethical thought and action. Each month, in advance of our sessions, readings on the topic will be sent electronically to course participants.  During our 
meetings, we shall discuss and debate ethical concerns in a variety of cases. The topic areas will be:
1.  Introduction/Case Analysis
2.  Neonatal [Newborn] Ethics
3.  Mental Illness and Psychiatric 
Treatment
4.  Dementia, including Alzheimer 
Disease
5.  The Context of Treatment, 
including Religious Issues 
6.  Critical Care/ICU Ethics
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 12, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
New Koch” by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 1/25/16
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting
Thursday, May 12, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
With Leader Anne Klaeysen
 
Monthly, 2nd Thursday
 
Family life today faces challenges that can overwhelm adults responsible for the care of children. The goal of spending "quality time" with loved ones gets lost in the daily struggle to make a living and provide a home. Families need support. This workshop offers parenting skills and an opportunity to connect with other parents, step parents and grandparents. 
 
Participants must register with Margaret Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 ext 113.
 
Childcare provided upon advanced request.
 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, May 12, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
UA is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing fellow citizens who oppose continued reliance on fossil fuels to power our lives, including coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. They advocate instead for the implementation of renewable energy, as well as conservation and energy efficiency. 
 
UA works to raise public awareness of the unacceptable risks posed by extreme fossil fuel extraction such as fracking for natural gas and oil, and by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 12, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater- "Sex With Strangers"
Ethics and the Theater- "Sex With Strangers"
Friday, May 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason.

Directed by Cecelia Riddett

A man and a woman are snowbound in a cabin without cell-phone service or TV, she a serious novelist and teacher, he a blogger and author of a book about his year of short-term, X-rated liaisons. It seems inevitable that they will end up in bed. But this is no Hugh Grant–Julia Roberts idyll. In the words of New York Times critic Christopher Isherwood, Eason’s play is a “drama of good sex and bad faith,” bitingly funny and unnervingly honest.

 

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.

 

 
 
8:30 AM
Grand Central Station
NYSEC Spring Hike- New Date!
NYSEC Spring Hike- New Date!
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8:30am
Grand Central Station

 

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 8:30am.   If you arrive after that time, find us on the train that leaves at 8:44am (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
Poetry Reading
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

What’s on your poetry shelf?  Pull out some poems and come read with us.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Auditorium
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 10:00am
Auditorium
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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 15, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Auditorium
Sunday Meeting -Founder’s Day: Celebrating 140 Years of Ethical Living
Sunday Meeting -Founder’s Day: Celebrating 140 Years of Ethical Living
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 11:00am
Auditorium
 
Metro NYC Leaders
Richard Koral presides
 
 

Fifty years after giving his founding address, Felix Adler reflected upon that day: “. . .the people [interested in starting an Ethical movement] asked with intense feeling, what consecrating influence shall we bring into our own lives, and particularly into the lives of our children? – indeed it was a concern for the children even more than for themselves that led to the formation of these societies.”

 

Today we reflect upon the history of people who intentionally centered their lives around the study and practice of ethics, who built a community that placed “Deed Above Creed,” and who continue to inspire us. We also commit ourselves to future generations by promoting a reverence for life and finding relevance for ethical values. We will be joined by members of other Ethical Societies in a morning of music, words and movement

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Leaders Office, Room 502
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Leaders Office, Room 502
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members 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

 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leaders' Office

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader

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

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 19, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The Year in Hate and Extremism” by Mark Potok, SPLC Intelligence Report, Spring 2016
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Senior Planet: Who They Are, What They Do
 
 
Thomas Kamber, PHD
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 19, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Café at Ethical - Michael Bellar
The Café at Ethical - Michael Bellar
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
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.
 
Keyboardist Michael Bellar, born and bred in North Carolina, is very much the product of his Southern roots, and a composer in his own right. Jazz Times says of Bellar that he “blends pop, rock, funk, jazz and world music elements into a provocative brew.”
 
Here is  a taste of Michael’s music:
 
 

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - On the Home Front: Memories and Music of WWII
Sunday Meeting - On the Home Front: Memories and Music of WWII
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Susan Laubach, Ph.D
Pat Debrovner presides
 
 
This is a series of brief stories of how two little girls experienced WWII interspersed with songs popular (and written) in each of the war years, 1942-45. Lyric sheets will be passed out so the audience can sing these wonderful songs still so much a part of the Great American Songbook.
 

Susan Laubach is professional storyteller, actor, and playwright (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild).She has  written 7 books and prior to  returning to NYC in 2007, nine of her plays were produced by professional theatres in Baltimore and Cleveland. She holds a BA from College of Notre Dame of Md, and a Masters and Ph.D from University of Virginia. She is married, and has 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

 
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 22, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
2:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Storytelling Showcase
Storytelling Showcase
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Sandi Sacks, Richard Koral, Barbara Simpson

Participants from the “Slice of Life” Storytelling workshop dedicated time to crafting captivating stories to share with you. Join us for this special performance

Personal, inspiring and entertaining stories will be shared by our recent workshop trainees.
 
We thank NPR’s award-winning radio show The Moth for their inspiration.

Refreshments will be served.

 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 6:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Andra Miller and the  Ethical Action Committee 

PHYSICS, METAPHYSICS, AND TIME: The Current Scientific Understanding of a Block Universe, from chemical and polymer engineer Stuart Kurtz 

Refreshments: wine and cheese 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

Reactions to Trump and a Humane Revolution

1. Sadiq Khan vs. Donald Trump, Roger Cohen MAY 9, 2016

2. Trump’s Miss Universe Foreign Policy, Thomas L. Friedman MAY 11, 2016

3. The Know-Nothing Tide, Roger Cohen MAY 16, 2016

4. Donald, Save Your Golf Greens, and the Planet, Thomas L. Friedman MAY 18, 2016

5. A Really Bad Deal for America, By ELIOT A. COHENMAY 17, 2016 

6. A Humane Revolution, Nicholas Kristof MAY 14, 2016

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

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, May 26, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Operation Trump” by Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine, 4/3/16
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Democracy is a Verb
Democracy is a Verb
Thursday, May 26, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Dr. Anne Klaeysen
 
monthly, 4th Thursday unless otherwise noted
 
There’s much more to being a citizen than voting. Participating in a democracy means making a serious commitment to making it work on all levels from local to global. Since its founding in 1876, Ethical Culture has emphasized the importance of democracy, both in terms of organizing Ethical Societies and engaging in the larger community. In humanist terms, one could say that there is something “sacred” about democracy; it calls upon us to take our place in the world as responsible human beings. This course will explore the definitions and forms of democracy, the challenges to it in this country, and how we can take more active roles.  
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 26, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Democracy Spring
Sunday Meeting - Democracy Spring
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Kai Newkirk
Dan Hanson presides
 
 
Democracy Spring is a mass nonviolent action to win a real democracy that works for people. Organizer Newkirk will share his story and the story of this movement with us.
 

Kai Newkirk is the organizer, co-founder and national coordinator of 99Rise.  99Rise is the nonviolent, mass movement and  network of activists and organizers who are dedicated to ending corruption and reclaiming democracy from the domination of big money. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 29, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508

 

Both members and non-members are welcome at the NYSEC EAC Open Meeting.  Main discussion today will be review of NYSEC resolution for AEU Assembly on Corporate Reporting of political spending.  Also update on coming sessions of Speaking of Science, developments by the Awards Committee, website discussion and other topics of EA interest.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try.