Event Calendar

April 2017

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

APRIL is a month of BRAIN STORMS!  

We'll study CLIMATE and use it's metaphoric insights for our own private climates, learning about the world of excitable FEELINGS.

We'll learn and play with choices of self-expression, creative storm processes, and coping strategies for "the big feelings."  

We’ll use our expressive and creative forces to tackle the challenging extremes of weather within and without!  

APRIL will be a month of Action and Art. Children will be supported in their family's activist processes. 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: Poetry for Hard Times
Sunday Meeting: Poetry for Hard Times
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen
Cheryl Gross presides.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Here at Ethical, I use poems as a kind of sacred text in my platform addresses. This year I am especially mindful of the trauma many Americans are experiencing due to the impact of the new administration's policies and have looked for poems that can provide us with comfort, insight and strength.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
ETHICAL Board of Trustees Meeting
ETHICAL Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 6:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, April 3, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

We continue to read and discuss one of the foundational texts of ancient Stoicism, The Manual of Epictetus. Written by Arrian of Nicomedia, one of Epictetus' students, it is a short summary of fundamental Stoic ideas about how to live a good life.

I will be using the modern translation by Robin Hard, available here. But there are many good ones that are freely available on the internet, for instance the one by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. 

 
 
6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting: "Taking on FERC: The Most Dangerous Federal Agency You've (Probably) Never Heard Of"
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting: "Taking on FERC: The Most Dangerous Federal Agency You've (Probably) Never Heard Of"
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 6:30pm
Social Hall

"Taking on FERC: The Most Dangerous Federal Agency You've (Probably) Never Heard Of"
with Ted Glick, founder of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE).

More information here: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Grassroots-Alliance/events/237296822/

Did you know that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved virtually every single natural gas pipeline expansion project proposed by the gas industry in the last 30 years?! Learn about the growing movement which is fighting these pipelines and FERC. Learn about the current campaign by 150 organizations, and growing, to get the US Senate to reject Trump’s nomination of three climate deniers to run FERC. Learn about Beyond Extreme Energy’s creative, disruptive and consistent campaign since July of 2014 to shine a spotlight on FERC and strengthen local grassroots groups in their fights against new fracked gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure.

Ted Glick has devoted 49 years of his life to the progressive social change movement. He was active in the peace movement against the Vietnam war, was a founder and national coordinator of the National Campaign to Impeach Nixon and has been actively involved in progressive coalition-building and independent politics efforts since 1975. Since 2003 he has played a leadership role in the effort to stabilize our climate and for a just, jobs-creating, renewable energy revolution. He was a founder in early 2004 of the Climate Crisis Coalition, and he worked for 10 years as National Campaign Coordinator of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He was a co-founder in 2014 and is a leader of Beyond Extreme Energy. He has been arrested 19 times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. Since 2000, he has been writing Future Hope, a nationally-circulated column of political and social commentary.

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.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Office of Senator Chuck Schumer, 780 Third Avenue
Rally to Save the EPA
Rally to Save the EPA
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Office of Senator Chuck Schumer, 780 Third Avenue

Join our friends at Food & Water Watch at this rally to demand Senator Schumer fight the Trump Administration's proposed cuts to the EPA, a direct threat to New Yorkers.

Rally to Save the EPA
Tuesday, April 4
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Office of Senator Chuck Schumer
780 Third Avenue, Manhattan
(Sidewalk between 48th and 49th Streets)

Donald Trump’s assault on our environment threatens the health of New Yorkers. Trump proposes slashing the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31%, eliminating thousands of jobs, undermining enforcement of laws that safeguard our water and air, and closing programs that protect our most vulnerable.

New York communities would be hard-hit by these cuts. The cleanups of the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek in Brooklyn could be disrupted. Programs to combat global warming would be eliminated, risking further climate catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy.



Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must lead the charge to stop Trump’s dangerous cuts. As the nation’s most powerful Democrat, he must draw a line in the sand and refuse to support a budget that cuts EPA’s funding.



 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by C.C. Miller
The New York Times, 3/29/17

"Two Martyrs for Peace of the U.N. in the Congo"
by S. Sengupta
The New York Times, 3/29/17

"Trump is An Agent of The Chinese"
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 3/29/17

"Five Reasons the Promised Tax Overhaul Won't Be So Easy"
by J.H. Davis
The New York Times, 3/29/17

"An Attack on Internet Privacy"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 3/29/17

"The Justices Keep Tinkering With Death"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 3/29/17

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Radical Age Movement Meeting
Radical Age Movement Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/consciousness-raising-tickets-33007945654

Join the Radical Age Movement for good food, lively discussion, and consciousness raising, and discover the impact of ageing in your own life. Whether you've attended one of our past Consciousness Raising events or are attending for the first time, you will constantly be surprised by what you learn.

The Radical Age Movement is a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of ageing and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts

BENITO CERENO by Herman Melville

Read the selections in advance (they’re usually under 70 pages), 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 Foundation Short Story Omnibus we’ll be using through June, 2017, go to this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/literature-anthologies/....   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, April 6, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: "Department of Justification" by Emily Bazelon, The NY Times Magazine, 3/5/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/magazine/jeff-sessions-stephen-bannon-justice-department.html)
 
 

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, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic TBA
 

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 #.  

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Auditorium
Dr. Willie Parker - "Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice" w/ Special Guests Gloria Steinem & John Oliver
Dr. Willie Parker - "Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice" w/ Special Guests Gloria Steinem & John Oliver
Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium

Purchase Tickets: http://lifeswork.eventbrite.com

Physicians for Reproductive Health, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Fletcher & Company, and FemInEM invite you to a celebration honoring Dr. Willie Parker's new book: Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice.

Featuring Dr. Willie Parker and special guests Gloria Steinem and John Oliver.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Ethics in Film: Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Friday, April 7, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
 
In his feature directorial debut, Steven Soderbergh demonstrates a mastery of his craft well beyond his years, pulling together an outstanding cast and an intelligent script for a nuanced, mature film about neurosis and human sexuality.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
Saturday, April 8, 2017 (All day) Cold Spring, NY ETHICAL Spring Hike
ETHICAL Spring Hike
Saturday, April 8, 2017 (All day)
Cold Spring, NY

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.

 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: Shane Koyczan
Concert: Shane Koyczan
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

For tickets please go to Ticketfly- 877-987-6487 www.ticketfly.com

For more information please contact Diane Guthey at 212-419-0300 x757

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 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: From Nationalism to Tyranny and How We Must Respond
Sunday Meeting: From Nationalism to Tyranny and How We Must Respond
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
Joe Fashing presides

Most of us as New Yorkers would consider ourselves cosmopolitans. We are people of the world. We value education and the curious mind, and we proclaim a love and comfort with diversity. But the cosmopolitan spirit has historically had its opposition, which has risen to high places in the moment, and that is the celebration of nationalism. The world, of course, is divided into nation states, and our socialization within our respective nations, is a mainstay of our personal identities.
 
Nationalist identity is on a spectrum, from those who strive to reject it and prefer to see themselves as internationalists and cosmopolitans, to patriots, to those who embrace extreme forms of nationalism, fascism being the most dangerous. And, as the twentieth century has painfully shown, nationalistic zeal can open the door to tyranny. We need see history not as destiny, but as a warning.
 
My talk will look at the lessons of history and how we need to respond in the preservation of freedom and democracy.
 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

APRIL is a month of BRAIN STORMS!  

We'll study CLIMATE and use it's metaphoric insights for our own private climates, learning about the world of excitable FEELINGS.

We'll learn and play with choices of self-expression, creative storm processes, and coping strategies for "the big feelings."  

We’ll use our expressive and creative forces to tackle the challenging extremes of weather within and without!  

APRIL will be a month of Action and Art. Children will be supported in their family's activist processes. 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, April 9, 2017 -
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. 

 
 
 
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 11, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

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/ari_wallach_3_ways_to_plan_for_the_very_long_term

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

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Morality in Relief & The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
Morality in Relief & The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair

Join us for a discussion of Phil Klay's book Redeployment.

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hunter College is hosting a series of presentations at Roosevelt House and co-hosting book discussions. More information available at moralinjuryandwarproject.com.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion on "Can evolution explain ethics?" 

This meetup is based on a recent conversation with my friend and colleague Dan Kaufman on what, exactly, science can tell us about morality, meaning not the trivially misguided notion that somehow ethics can be reduced to neuroscience, or evolutionary biology, or whatever, but rather the more nuanced question of whether and how science can inform philosophizing about ethics (more here).

Please note that the meeting is free for members of the Ethical Society, $5 for non-members (at the door). If you are a member, please do not RVSP here, you can come anyway.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
350NYC Film and Discussion: "Sustainable"
350NYC Film and Discussion: "Sustainable"
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

Doors open at 6:30pm
Snacks will be served

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/sustainable-movie-discussion

"Sustainable" provides a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. (Produced by Hourglass films.)

The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

Sponsored by 350NYC Climate Education and Sustainable Solutions group.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: "The Seventh Generation" by Saul Elbein, The NY Times Magazine, 1/29/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/magazine/the-youth-group-that-launched-a-movement-at-standing-rock.html)

 
 

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
Auditorium
Ethics in Action: Police-Community Relations
Ethics in Action: Police-Community Relations
Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Auditorium

Register here: https://ethicsinaction-policecommunity.eventbrite.com

Our Ethics in Action series continues, focusing on police-community relations in New York City.

One of the most important ethical challenges facing our country and city today is the breakdown of trust between law enforcement and the broader community. The mutual trust of the citizenry and the police force constitute a vital underpinning of social stability, safety, and the wellbeing of the citizenry. Hence it is especially important to dialogue on this important issue and to identify the values that could form the basis of a moral consensus to support the common good. 

We will hear from New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill on his community policing initiative. Following the commissioner's address, at 7pm, Professor Jeffrey Sachs will moderate a panel discussion on the ethical dimension of police-community relations with the following people:

Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Robert Gangi, Director, Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Christopher Dunn, Associate Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Also please follow along and join the discussion on Twitter at #EIA_NYC.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Camping with Henry and Tom
Ethics and the Theater: Camping with Henry and Tom
Friday, April 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present: Camping with Henry and Tom by Mark St. Germaine

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.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Come read your poems aloud with other poetry enthusiasts!

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

APRIL is a month of BRAIN STORMS!  

We'll study CLIMATE and use it's metaphoric insights for our own private climates, learning about the world of excitable FEELINGS.

We'll learn and play with choices of self-expression, creative storm processes, and coping strategies for "the big feelings."  

We’ll use our expressive and creative forces to tackle the challenging extremes of weather within and without!  

APRIL will be a month of Action and Art. Children will be supported in their family's activist processes. 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Peter Hristoff: On Being an Artist
Sunday Meeting - Peter Hristoff: On Being an Artist
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Peter Hristoff
Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen presides

A story that is shared by all artists and is also always unique to each: Peter will talk about being an artist, a teacher and a person trying to make a difference in the lives of others in a way that is as interconnected and as seamless as possible. He will touch on being an emigrant; coming of age and artistic maturity during the early years of the A.I.D.S. crisis; his focus on teaching students how to look carefully and his involvement with rug making in Turkey.

Peter Hristoff was born 1958 in Istanbul. He immigrated to New York with his family in 1963. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1981, and completed his master’s degree at Hunter College, City University of New York in 1983. In the mid-1980s, he started dividing his time between Turkey and the US. Hristoff describes his work as exploring themes of joy, sorrow, hope, despair, belief and desire. He is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award in Painting, the New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Drawing, and the Moon and Stars Project Grant. Currently, Hristoff is a Professor of painting and drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
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
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's 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.

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair

Join us for a discussion of Phil Klay's book Redeployment.

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hunter College is hosting a series of presentations at Roosevelt House and co-hosting book discussions. More information available at moralinjuryandwarproject.com.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 20, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: "The Only Way We Can Fight Back Is to Excel" by Dale Russakoff, The NY Times Magazine, 1/29/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/magazine/the-only-way-we-can-fight-back-is-to-excel.html)
 
 

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, April 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: New Solutions to Falls Prevention
with Toby Kasavan, CTCRI, Akido 5th degree black belt
 

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 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, April 20, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 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 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

APRIL is a month of BRAIN STORMS!  

We'll study CLIMATE and use it's metaphoric insights for our own private climates, learning about the world of excitable FEELINGS.

We'll learn and play with choices of self-expression, creative storm processes, and coping strategies for "the big feelings."  

We’ll use our expressive and creative forces to tackle the challenging extremes of weather within and without!  

APRIL will be a month of Action and Art. Children will be supported in their family's activist processes. 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - John Ankele: The Ethical & Spiritual Dimension of Our Relationship to "Mother Earth"
Sunday Meeting - John Ankele: The Ethical & Spiritual Dimension of Our Relationship to "Mother Earth"
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The new head of the EPA is a climate change skeptic and his mission is to roll back the regulations that are meant to protect us from the catastrophic breakdown of our bio-system. How did we get here? What can we do? Where can we look within our spiritual/ethical traditions and practices for guidance and empowerment as we resist the policies that threaten to end our human “adventure” on this planet that is our only home?

John Ankele holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (’67) and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church.  He is a student in the Zen tradition,  a teacher of Shambhala Buddhism and has been involved for many years in interfaith dialogue.  As a documentary filmmaker, his early subjects included prophet-healers in marginalized communities in Africa, the underground church in China, and the impact of women’s empowerment on health care in India.  Twenty-five years ago, John teamed up with co-producing colleague Anne Macksoud to form Old Dog Documentaries (www.olddogdocumentaries.org) with a mission to create films that inspire dialogue and action around issues involving social, economic and environmental justice. Their most recent film The Wisdom To Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism and Community is being seen widely in the U.S. and Canada.  And John has just finished a short film, One Body One Heart, about how Bob Gunn, a psychotherapist, Jungian scholar,  Zen priest and Christian minister is dealing with pancreatic cancer.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
Film & Discussion - The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community by John Ankele
Film & Discussion - The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community by John Ankele
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

The Environmental Stewardship Committee presents:

“The Wisdom to Survive”
by John Ankele

Created by our Sunday platform speaker this week, John Ankele, this documentary film accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks what is keeping us from action. The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society and the lives of billions of people.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, April 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

We continue to read and discuss one of the foundational texts of ancient Stoicism, The Manual of Epictetus. Written by Arrian of Nicomedia, one of Epictetus' students, it is a short summary of fundamental Stoic ideas about how to live a good life.

    I will be using the modern translation by Robin Hard, available here. But there are many good ones that are freely available on the internet, for instance the one by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

     
     
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Adler Study - Room 514
    Speaking of Science: Bayes Theorem and Its Relevance to Skepticism
    Speaking of Science: Bayes Theorem and Its Relevance to Skepticism
    Monday, April 24, 2017 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Adler Study - Room 514

    With Chris Everett

    In 1763, the Reverend Thomas Bayes published “An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances,” containing what is now known as Bayes’ theorem. Bayes’ theorem remained relatively obscure for two centuries, but has since come to the forefront of statistical inference. Bayes’ simple but powerful theorem is notable for its subjectivist interpretation of probability, providing a mathematically rigorous framework for incorporating objective data into our otherwise subjective beliefs. Chris Everett will present a simple derivation of this important theorem and discuss some of its implications for everyday critical thinking and skepticism.

    Chris Everett is a safety and risk analyst with thirty years experience in the areas of space systems safety, nuclear weapons safety, and missile defense lethality analysis. He currently manages the New York office of Information Systems Laboratories (ISL), where he supports NASA in the development of safety management processes and directives, the conduct of safety analyses, and the development of safety analysis software tools. Chris is a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and, with his wife Beth, runs the Society’s monthly Ethics in Film series.

     
     
    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 25, 2017 -
    2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Elliott Library, Room 507

     

    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 25, 2017 -
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Room 508
    Moderator: Ken Gans
     

    by The New York Times Editorial Board
    The New York Times, 4/10/17

    "The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society"
    by M. Worthen
    The New York Times, 4/16/17

    "Why Don't All Jobs Matter?"
    by P. Krugman
    The New York Times, 4/17/17

    "Mr. Cuomo's Free* College Plan"
    by The New York Times Editorial Board
    The New York Times, 4/15/17

    "Viktor Orban is Turning Hungary into Europe's Black Sheep"
    by I. Bremmer
    Time Magazine, 4/24/17

    "Indonesian Vote Tests Democratic Values"
    by J. Cochrane
    The New York Times, 4/18/17

     
     
     
    2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    Adler Study, Room 514
    Ethical Death Café
    Ethical Death Café
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
    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. 

     
     
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Elliott Library Room 507
    350NYC General Public Meeting
    350NYC General Public Meeting
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
    7:00pm to 9:00pm
    Elliott Library Room 507

    350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

     
     
    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    Elliott Library, Room 507
    Leader Lunch Discussion
    Leader Lunch Discussion
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
    12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Elliott Library, Room 507
     
    Readings: "Divisions of Labor" by Barbara Ehrenreich and "The Jobs Americans Do" by Binyamin Appelbaum, The NY Times Magazine, 2/26/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/magazine/american-working-class-future.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/magazine/the-new-working-class.html)
     
     

    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
    Navigating the "New Normal"
    Navigating the "New Normal"
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Adler Study, Room 514

     

    Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

    How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

    Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

     
     
    7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
    The Music Café at Ethical - Roy Zimmerman: "ReZist!"
    The Music Café at Ethical - Roy Zimmerman: "ReZist!"
    Friday, April 28, 2017 -
    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.
     
    Joining us this week is Roy Zimmerman.
     

    What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman. The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable. Zimmerman has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, The Roches, Andy Borowitz, The Chambers Brothers and George Carlin. 

     

     
     
    9:30 AM
    Eleanor Roosevelt statue, 72nd Street & Riverside Drive
    ETHICAL Spring Bike Ride
    ETHICAL Spring Bike Ride
    Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30am
    Eleanor Roosevelt statue, 72nd Street & Riverside Drive

    Come ride with us on this 4-hour biking adventure leaving from West 72nd Street in Manhattan and traveling to Wave Hill Garden in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The cycling distance is approximately 22 miles on a mostly flat terrain with a couple of short hills. Most of the ride will be on the Hudson River bike path, with some of the ride on quiet city streets.

    Bring water and a bicycle lock. You can either bring your own lunch or purchase one at the garden cafe.

    You must wear a bicycle helmet to participate. You don't need to sign up, just show up at the appointed hour. Rain cancels.

     
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    11:00 AM
    Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
    Sunday Meeting: Spring Festival with our Ethical Youth
    Sunday Meeting: Spring Festival with our Ethical Youth
    Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:00am
    Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

    with Leader Dr. Richard Koral
    and Youth Program Coordinator Audrey Kindred

    Sowing seeds! Growing deeds! April is a month of studying climates, our own private ones, our community's, and the earth’s. We are inspired by Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Recipient, who said, “A tree is a little bit of the future.”

    Together we will create a tree, with everyone writing on leaves and placing them on a Tree of Life. Join us for tree science, stories, and poems.

     
     
    12:45 PM
    6th Floor School Cafeteria
    Brunch/Social Hour
    Brunch/Social Hour
    Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:45pm
    6th Floor School Cafeteria