Event Calendar

March 2015

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9:45 AM
Room 408
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:45am
Room 408
Led by Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

Join us on first Sunday mornings for exploration and practice of mindfulness through meditation.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Feminist Islam Is Not an Oxymoron
Sunday Meeting - Feminist Islam Is Not an Oxymoron
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
An interview by Leader Anne Klaeysen with Dr. Jerusha Tanner Lamptey
Clara Malekshahi Presides
 

So much about Islam is misunderstood, especially when it comes to women. Dr. Lamptey, an Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry at Union Theological Seminary, is an expert on Muslima (Islamic feminist) theology. She earned a Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies with a focus on Religious Pluralism from Georgetown University and is the author of “Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism,” which offers a re‐interpretation of the Qur’anic discourse on religious ‘otherness’. Currently, she is working on a new project focused on comparative feminist theology. 

 

 

 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Life with Health
Life with Health
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:15pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 
 
2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Assembly
Sunday Assembly
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
NYSEC Board Meeting
NYSEC Board Meeting
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 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, March 3, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 
Discussions on: "What Is The Purpose of Society?" Bittman, The NY Times, 2/11/15; "ISIS Heads to Rome," Friedman, The NY Times, 2/25/15 and "Education is Not the Answer to Inequality," Krugman, The NY Times.

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy- Postponed New Dates TBA
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy- Postponed New Dates TBA
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Moderator: Leighann Lord

Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24

Are you the funny one in your family?  Have people said: “You should be a stand-up comedian” and you agree with them? Well, if you’re ready to give it a try in a no-pressure, supportive environment this workshop is for you. Bring your ideas that you’ve jotted down on cocktail napkins, in notebooks, and laptops, and let’s get stated.

You’ll learn the basics of stand-up comedy from professional comedian, Leighann Lord. She’s 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. She wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show, and can be heard as a cohost on StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Let's be clear: no one can teach you how to be funny. (You already are or you wouldn't be thinking about taking this class.) Leighann will share her experience and expertise to help you develop, hone, and shape your ideas into a short-standup routine; while also teaching what makes standup comedy such a unique, powerful, and seductive art form.
 
The point of taking a class in standup comedy is to ... well.... standup, right? So at the conclusion of the workshop you'll get an opportunity to showcase what you've learned standing up in front of a real live audience at NYSEC! 

Watch Leighann

Registration is required - Space is limited. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at  212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator Rob Hofman
Six sessions on Wednesdays starting March 4.
 

Three big B’s Body, Brain, and Balance are interconnected: they keep us functioning, and they need to be maintained. There is a lost 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.

Registration is required. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at 212-874-5210, ext. 117. Price covers all six sessions.

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Larry Schiff  
 
This month we will be reading: The Power of the Majority by Alexis de Tocqueville, and Individual Freedom by Georg Simmel. 
 
To participate, all you need do is read the monthly selection (ideally twice) and, as you read, jot down some questions that you'd like to bring to the table. 
 
To learn about the Great Books Foundation and the discussion process, visit our website,http://www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group/ In the first paragraph of the box entitled, "What is our Great Books Reading Discussion Group and how do we work?" click on Great Books (it's in red type). That's the link to the website page where you can order the Great Books Reading and Discussion First Series and Reader Aid (it's $28.95). In the information bar on the left side of our meet-up page, you can click on Our Calendar to see the monthly readings scheduled for the year. 
 
When you come, you will in essence be joining the thousands of readers who participate in the Great Books discussions across the nation, following a format that was developed by Professor Mortimer Adler and Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins at the University of Chicago in 1947, and which spread across the country and the decades to come, with an ever-enthusiastic following.  
 
Some new members shared with us what the discussions meant to them. Here are two of their comments:
 
“An enthusiastic, intelligent and supportive group of people - actually, people who are becoming friends - men and women able to thoughtfully talk about the chosen texts. It’s gotten my grey matter stimulated in constructive ways, and has brought me to literature that I had either read a long time ago, or had missed along the way. Thanks, everyone!”
 
“As a relatively new member myself, I've really appreciated the group's open and welcoming spirit and the members' passion for close reading of great books. I'd recommend the group to anyone who enjoys doing serious reading with folks who don't take themselves too seriously."

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Rape on the Campus” by Zoe Heller, The NY Review of Books, 2/5/15.
 

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, March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"How to find a work-out for your condition" - Pilates Instructor-Trainer Cynthia Shipley. 
 

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 - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Ethics in Film - "Juno" (2007)
Ethics in Film - "Juno" (2007)
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Moderator: Chris Everett 

Directed by Jason Reitman

When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman. June (Ellen Page) may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the pregnant teen quickly realzes how little she really knows about life.

 

 

 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: "Pain"
Colloquy: "Pain"
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 9:45am
Room 508
Virginia Arnold Presides
 
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - In Search of a Wider, Deeper, Richer Humanism
Sunday Meeting - In Search of a Wider, Deeper, Richer Humanism
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader
Richard Van Deusen Presides
 

Contemporary humanism as expressed by a small but growing number of organizations bearing the name is historically a relatively recent phenomenon. It evolved in the nineteenth century out of strands of philosophical idealism centered on the European continent and emergent agnosticism which was taking hold in Britain. Humanism was "codified" with the publication of the Humanist Manifesto in 1933, which proclaimed a roster of values and principles that form the nucleus of the modern movement.

But humanism, defined more broadly, has had a much deeper historical reach extending to ancient times with representatives in both the West and East. In this sense, humanism is not reducible to a set of principles, but to an orientation to life that appreciates the breadth of human expression, whether in art, literature, religion and other cultural and creative endeavors.  It resonates with the human element behind thoughts and deeds expressive of a humanity that is not reducible to deterministic or formulaic understandings of the human condition.

Humanism thus understood implicitly rebels against the imperiousness of a mechanistic and overly technological culture. It is this wider humanism I see to explore in my next address.

 

 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Abe Markman Presides
 

At Lunch join us at the Ethics-in-the-News table for your take on today's burning issues.

 

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics and War - Class full
Ethics and War - Class full
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator Dr. Terry Perlin

This course will investigate several of the complex ethical issues that arise in situations of war. Using examples from historical and contemporary war situations, monthly meetings will rely upon participant discussion rather than lectures. Among the topics for consideration:  

·      Is there such an entity as a "just war?"

·      When, if ever, is "torture" morally permitted during wartime?

·      What are the responsibilities of combatants to civilians in wartime?

·      How is conscientious objection to particular wars to be addressed by governments?

·      Under what situations, if ever, may military personnel intentionally disobey orders from their superiors?

·      How are various religious views of war, and of peace, to be understood?   

Participants will be responsible for obtaining the following texts: The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War 2013, by Andrew J. Bacevich; Crimes of War 2.0: What the Public Should Know (Revised and Expanded), by Anthony Dworkin (Editor), Roy Gutman (Editor), and David Rieff.

Registration is required - Space is limited. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at 212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy - Postponed New Dates TBA
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy - Postponed New Dates TBA
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Moderator: Leighann Lord

Tuesdays, March 10, 17 and 24

Are you the funny one in your family?  Have people said: “You should be a stand-up comedian” and you agree with them? Well, if you’re ready to give it a try in a no-pressure, supportive environment this workshop is for you. Bring your ideas that you’ve jotted down on cocktail napkins, in notebooks, and laptops, and let’s get stated. You’ll learn the basics of stand-up comedy from professional comedian, Leighann Lord. She’s 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. She wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show, and can be heard as a cohost on StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Registration is required - Space is limited. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at  212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator Rob Hofman
Six sessions on Wednesdays starting March 4.
 

Three big B’s Body, Brain, and Balance are interconnected: they keep us functioning, and they need to be maintained. There is a lost 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.

Registration is required. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at 212-874-5210, ext. 117. Price covers all six sessions.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“The Origin Story of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore, Smithsonian, October 2014.
 
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 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 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, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Burn This by Lanford Wilson. 

Anna’s world has been shaken by the death of her gay loft-mate Bobby, who was both her well-loved friend and artistic inspiration. Now it is shattered by the arrival of Pale, Bobby’s hyperactive, obscenity-spouting, straight and very magnetic brother. Pale explodes into her life, creating chaos—and opening new doors.

Richard E. Van Deusen directs. Cast: Heidi Armbruster, Dan Hanson, Philip Mutz, Alfredo Narciso and  Matthew Walton. 

After the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Dr. Anne Klaeysen. 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
Reading women poets. 
 
 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - A scene from the play "Melissa’s Choice"
Sunday Meeting - A scene from the play "Melissa’s Choice"
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Steven Somkin, playwright
Patricia Bruder Debrovner Presides
 

Melissa's Choice is a drama about a lawyer who is passionate about women’s rights, the environment, population control, and two men. An unintended pregnancy produces increasingly bizarre fantasies that compel her to choose between them. The play is set at a campsite in the Oregon woods where a raunchy cowboy and a forest ranger (a single mother of two) become Melissa’s unlikely guides in discovering who she is and with whom she belongs.

After leaving the practice of medicine, Steven Somkin has written nine full length and four one-act plays. His plays have been produced Off Broadway and regionally; some have won awards and one has been published. Four of his last five plays, including Melissa’s Choice, address some aspect of environmentalism. For several decades he wrote for the pharmaceutical industry in diverse formats, including film and video, winning more than a dozen industry awards. He is a founder and artistic director of the Golden Squirrel Theater which, with coproducer The Worcester Shakespeare Company, will produce Melissa’s Choice at The Lion on 42nd Street in May.

 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 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 Margaret Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org, or call 212-874-5210 x113 in advance to attend.   

 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 502
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy - Postponed New Dates TBA
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy - Postponed New Dates TBA
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Moderator: Leighann Lord

Tuesdays, March 17 and 24

Are you the funny one in your family?  Have people said: “You should be a stand-up comedian” and you agree with them? Well, if you’re ready to give it a try in a no-pressure, supportive environment this workshop is for you. Bring your ideas that you’ve jotted down on cocktail napkins, in notebooks, and laptops, and let’s get stated. You’ll learn the basics of stand-up comedy from professional comedian, Leighann Lord. She’s 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. She wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show, and can be heard as a cohost on StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Registration is required - Space is limited. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at  212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator Rob Hofman
Six sessions on Wednesdays starting March 4.
 

Three big B’s Body, Brain, and Balance are interconnected: they keep us functioning, and they need to be maintained. There is a lost 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.

Registration is required. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at 212-874-5210, ext. 117. Price covers all six sessions.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Why Feminism Matters” by Gina Barreca, www.ginabarreca.com, 12/14/14 and “Good Feminist” by Vivian Gornick, Boston Review of Books, 12/8/14.
 
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, March 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Assistive Technology: Walkers, Canes, Rollators, Scooters and Wheelchairs" - Charles Sanbury, Owner of Sansbury Medical Equipment
 

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 - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Countdown to Paris: Update on Global Climate Treaty Negotiations
Countdown to Paris: Update on Global Climate Treaty Negotiations
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

In the six months since the People's Climate March in NYC, UN negotiators have been working on proposals for the global climate treaty conference that will take place in Paris in December 2015. Please join 350NYC and the NY Society for Ethical Culture for an evening of discussion among climate leaders, including attendees at the preliminary talks in Lima and Geneva.  Learn about the progress that has been made towards an effective global climate treaty, and the challenges that remain. Find out about plans for grassroots action in New York and across the country in the Countdown to Paris.

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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 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 - Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (Or, “It’s Sunday, We Must Be Serious Right?”)
Sunday Meeting - Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (Or, “It’s Sunday, We Must Be Serious Right?”)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curt Collier, Leader
Monica Weiss Presides
 
Just because some event follows another event, many people make the logical mistake of automatically assuming the first event caused the second.  The fallacy sounds easy enough to spot right?  But, more often than not, this fallacy appears again and again in people’s perceptions of the world…even in subtle ways.  For a little levity, we will be testing your ability to spot the fallacy through a variety of sources from current news to pervasive beliefs in pop culture, and even within some of your own cherished ideals.  Come ready to challenge, laugh, and argue as we warm up a cold winter’s day.  

 

 
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
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.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Appreciative Inquiry - Class full
Appreciative Inquiry - Class full
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

We often focus on what is wrong or broken and try to fix it. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, diagnosis it, and find a solution. Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves a process of discovery about what enlivens us when we are most effective, capable and engaged.

 

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 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 - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 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, March 24, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 
A philosophical discussion group with varied subjects: the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, etc.

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy - Postponed New Dates TBA
Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy - Postponed New Dates TBA
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Moderator: Leighann Lord

Are you the funny one in your family?  Have people said: “You should be a stand-up comedian” and you agree with them? Well, if you’re ready to give it a try in a no-pressure, supportive environment this workshop is for you. Bring your ideas that you’ve jotted down on cocktail napkins, in notebooks, and laptops, and let’s get stated. You’ll learn the basics of stand-up comedy from professional comedian, Leighann Lord. She’s 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. She wrote for the pilot of The Chris Rock Show, and can be heard as a cohost on StarTalk Radio with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Registration is required - Space is limited. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at  212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Dr. Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator Rob Hofman
Six sessions on Wednesdays starting March 4.
 

Three big B’s Body, Brain, and Balance are interconnected: they keep us functioning, and they need to be maintained. There is a lost 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.

Registration is required. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at 212-874-5210, ext. 117. Price covers all six sessions.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Is It Time to Topple Tipping” by Adam Platt and “We Are the 20%: What Tips Mean to Servers, Bartenders, Dorrman, and Baristas” by Alexa Tsoulis-Reay and Mary Jane Weedman, Grub Street, 11/4/14.
 
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 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 

 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Coffee 'n Chat
Coffee 'n Chat
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 9:45am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - And Justice For All
Sunday Meeting - And Justice For All
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Terry Perlin interiews Eduardo Porter, economic columnist, The New York Times
 
 
Eduardo Porter, who writes the Economic Scene column for The New York Times, will be interviewed by NYSEC member Dr. Terry Perlin.  Mr. Porter's columns focus on economic inequality, corporate ethical issues, and novel ideas for social reform. A former member of The Times’ editorial board, he writes about business and labor with a critical edge.

Mr. Porter began his career in journalism more than two decades ago as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. In 2000, he joined The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles to cover the growing Hispanic population, and in 2004 he joined The New York Times to cover economics.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria