Event Calendar

July 2017

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, July 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Hugh Taft-Morales: "Questions"
Sunday Meeting - Hugh Taft-Morales: "Questions"
Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

One of the most profound characteristics of the human race is our ability to question. This talent is fundamental to the scientific method and the construction of knowledge. It is fundamental to liberating skepticism and freethought. Persistent questioning can confuse and vex us and it can liberate us. Questions can provoke oppression by authorities devoted to defending the status quo. Just ask Socrates. Hugh Taft-Morales will explore this topic by asking more questions that you may want to hear!

Hugh Taft-Morales serves as Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society and is President of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union (AEU). Hugh taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, D. C., after which he transitioned into Ethical Culture Leadership. In April of 2009 he graduated from the Humanist Institute and was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader by the American Ethical Union (AEU) in 2010. He is on the Board of Peace Day Philly, and is a member of the clergy caucus with both Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER) and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD).

 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
A Beginner's Guide to Mindful Meditation
A Beginner's Guide to Mindful Meditation
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Come relax with an introductory course on various forms of mindful meditation.

6 sessions
(June 14 - July 19)

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 6/28/17

"Rise in Carbon Defies Slowing of Emissions"
by J. Gillis
The New York Times, 6/27/17

"The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence"
by K. Lee
The New York Times, 6/25/17

"A Debate That Shows What Each Party Cares About Most"
by N. Irwin
The New York Times, 6/24/17

"What is Medicaid and Who Is Covered?"
by A. Goodnough & K. Zernike
The New York Times, 6/24/17

"Canada Shows How to Thwart A Populist Tide"
by A. Taub
The New York Times, 6/27/17

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 6, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, July 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Finding Meaning in the Big Changes and Transitions as We Age
with Cynthia Burke, former Outreach Director, Friends Indeed

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, July 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 - Bart Worden: Ways to Ethically Enhance our Interpersonal Communications
Sunday Meeting - Bart Worden: Ways to Ethically Enhance our Interpersonal Communications
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We live, so we often hear, in a highly connected age. Wherever we go, so go our tethers to the information age: our smartphones, tablets, notebooks and PCs. And yet, despite having the technology to connect, we seem to be living in a time of growing divisions between people. The usual suspects for division: race, wealth, religion and politics are, it seems, stronger than ever, and our capacity to influence those divisions appears to be diminishing rapidly. Bart Worden's talk examines ways to ethically enhance our connections with others - and especially with people whose outlook differs greatly from one's own.

Bart Worden is the Executive Director for the American Ethical Union in New York City and the Clergy Leader for the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester in White Plains, New York. Bart has, in addition, worked in human services as a Social Worker for over thirty years with a focus on serving individuals with psychiatric disabilities and has been an administrator for a variety of rehabilitative and recovery-oriented programs. Bart’s recent social justice efforts have focused on addressing bias and discrimination in communities in Westchester County in New York and he is a member several civil rights organizations.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, July 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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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 7:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
A Beginner's Guide to Mindful Meditation
A Beginner's Guide to Mindful Meditation
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Come relax with an introductory course on various forms of mindful meditation.

6 sessions
(June 14 - July 19)

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts

THE SLAVE, Isaac Bashevis Singer, translation by Cecil Hemley (October 1, 1988)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0374506809/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491668496&sr=1-1

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, July 13, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, July 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Gregory Berger: "Reporting from Mexico in the Age of Trump"
Sunday Meeting - Gregory Berger: "Reporting from Mexico in the Age of Trump"
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Mexico and its people featured prominently in the fear-mongering campaign rhetoric of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, yet few American voters have a clear understanding of the concerns and political aspirations of ordinary Mexicans. Far removed from the sensational anecdotes of violence in Mexico occasionally picked up by the U.S. media, are lesser-known stories of well-organized social and political movements that have been struggling to redefine the nation's political and social landscape for decades. Once a year, the School of Authentic Journalism trains storytellers and community organizers at its campus in Mexico in techniques for telling those stories more effectively.

For nearly two decades, Greg Berger has satirized Mexican politics and reported on social movements with humor and insight. His parodies have been seen by millions of viewers in Mexico and internationally. A confessed "recovering documentary filmmaker," he is the Co-Director of the Mexico-based School of Authentic Journalism, an intensive training program for communicators and organizers in the art of reporting on social movements. He is also a Professor of Film and Video in the Art Department of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, in Cuernavaca. His current project is "El Joe T. Hodo Show," an online comedy talk show produced in collaboration with community organizers from throughout Mexico.

This week's shared charity: The Fund for Authentic Journalism

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 7/7/17

"Electric Cars' Breakout Could Be Near"
by B. Plumer
The New York Times, 7/10/17

"Jefferson's Bible Teaching"
by A. Gordon-Reed & P. Onuf
The New York Times, 7/4/17

"Women Move, World Improves"
by G. Collins
The New York Times, 7/6/17

"Smart Phone, But Where's The Big Idea?"
by T. Egan
The New York Times, 7/8/17

"He Suffered So Others May Be Free"
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 7/9/17

"Oh! What a Lovely Trade War"
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 7/3/17

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Topical Study Group
Topical Study Group
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

This group will research and review resource materials on a particular topic for the purpose of gaining an expertise, one issue at a time. This focus could lead to ethical action in coordination with the Ethical Action Committee. Examples of topics to adopt include income inquality and the waning of the American Dream, incarceration of the untreated mentally ill, and racial injustice.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 20, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, July 20, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: House Calls: When Old is New Again
with Dr. M. Victoria Kopke, MD

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Jazz Under the Stars w/ Vicki Burns and The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
The Music Café at Ethical: Jazz Under the Stars w/ Vicki Burns and The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, July 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Our outdoor patio will be open for a star-lit evening with refreshments, good company, and entertainment. The night will feature jazz songstress Vicki Burns, noted not only for her sure sense of rhythm and glorious tone, but for her uncany knack of digging into the lyrics and melody for their richest interpretation. Music will be provided by our friends the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio, featuring John Wilmeth on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Dave Meade on drums.

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, July 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Councilman Costa Constantinides and Environmental Legislation
Sunday Meeting - Councilman Costa Constantinides and Environmental Legislation
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Council Member Costa Constantinides will discuss environmental legislation that the City Council has passed in the last four years, along with what else remains to be done to meet our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.

Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst. He serves as chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. Environmental policy has been a priority for Costa. The Council unanimously passed his bill to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050, now Local Law 66 of 2014. To help achieve this, Costa has sponsored additional legislation to encourage more use of solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels.

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, July 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. 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic TBA.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 27, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
 
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The roof!
Ethics for Children Rooftop Camping Night & Potluck
Ethics for Children Rooftop Camping Night & Potluck
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
The roof!

Hosted by Youth & Family Programs Coordinator Audrey Kindred.

Back by popular demand, we are hosting another sleepover at Ethical! This year we will feature a special story-telling and song circle. Bring food to share and your favorite pillow, and join us for a fun night under the moon and stars with your Ethical family.

Potluck dinner at 7:00pm.

RSVP by July 20! To register, email ethicsforchildren@nysec.org.
Free for Ethical members. Others most welcome, $40 suggested donation.

 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Fritz Williams: "Kayla and Me"
Sunday Meeting - Fritz Williams: "Kayla and Me"
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Fritz reflects on his relationship with Kayla, his granddaughter who is serving a four-year sentence as an accomplice to a violent crime. She and her boyfriend became addicted to heroin, and she was waiting for him in their car (the car they were living in) while he pretended he had a gun and attempted to rob a convenience store. Fritz wrote to the judge , but failed in his attempt to secure a more moderate sentence, and every six weeks now, he makes a 700-mile round trip to visit her at a women's prison near Erie, PA, and every week he writes a letter--135 letters so far and counting.

In his 80s Fritz Williams is enjoying his fourth career. In the 1960s he worked as a parish priest at Episcopal churches in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. In the 1970s he wrote and produced educational programs and documentaries at WITF-TV (PBS), Harrisburg, PA. In the 1980s he helped create a media and community campaign at WTVS-TV (PBS), Detroit, calling attention to the needs of young people in that troubled and racially divided metro area. In the 1990s and the opening decade of the 21st century, he served two terms as leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society. Currently, he is attempting to express his deepest and most personal memories, ideas, and fantasies in writing- prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

This week's shared charity: Prisoner Visitation and Support