Event Calendar

December 2014

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1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Intro Appreciative Inquiry
Intro Appreciative Inquiry
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 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.

Dr. Klaeysen will offer an 8-session course on second and fourth Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings, starting on January 8 and 12. Registration is required and a commitment to all sessions requested. This introduction gives potential participants an opportunity to check out the syllabus.

There is no charge for the introduction. The course will be offered at no charge for members and a $160 requested donation from non-members.

 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
NYSEC Board Meeting
NYSEC Board Meeting
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 6:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy
The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Larry Schiff  
 

We read excerpts from the Great Books, usually 40-70 pages. For December 3, we’ll be reading two selections. First is an excerpt from Immanuel Kant’s Conscience. Kant, who taught and wrote in the late 18th century, is considered a central figure in modern philosophy, holding influence in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Kant argued that fundamental concepts structure human experience, and that reason is the source of morality. The second selection is from the book of Genesis in the Bible (the Creation, the Flood, and Abraham). 

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. 

If you have any questions contact Larry Schiff (917-749-0695, or larry@larryschiff.com). 

 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable” by Farhad Manjoo, The NY Times, 5/28/14; “The End of Food” by Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 5/12/14; and Soylent (http://www.soylent.me/).
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Admin. office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE) CANCELED
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE) CANCELED
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Rita Golub, LCSW, CMC
Geriatric Care Manager
 

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

 

 

 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 9:45am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - From Criminal Justice to Human Justice
Sunday Meeting - From Criminal Justice to Human Justice
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Kyung-Ji Kate Rhee, Juvenile Justice Director
Dan Hanson Presides
 
I begin with the premise that one cannot achieve justice when the starting point is "criminal." However, when our starting point is "human," our pathways of inquiry, understanding, and imagination are necessarily different and illuminating. Subsequently, I would like to talk about what it means to shift our paradigm of safety and justice from one of criminal justice to human justice and how we can enact it in our daily lives.
 

I serve as the Juvenile Justice Director of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, an independent research, training, and advocacy human justice think tank (formerly at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College), which was founded by academic professionals with experience within the criminal punishment system. It is the first of its kind in the country. I oversee the Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives (IJJRA), the Center's youth justice division, which has led three major winning campaigns on city, state, and national levels with nationally recognized youth leadership training initiatives that develop juvenile justice advocacy leaders from a base of formerly incarcerated and gang-involved youth. Its community youth education and advocacy projects are staffed by policy innovators, human rights activists, and members of “street nations” who are among the leading experts in juvenile justice policy and advocacy, street gang intervention, at risk youth education, and violence prevention strategies.

I am a member of the Advisory Board of the Division of Youth and Family Justice, the Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, and the Steering Committee of the NYC Task Force on Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System. I have written articles published in numerous newspapers and magazines.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome for CharityHelp Accelerating Education Initiative (AEI)’s program in Afghanistan. Check blogspot: http://ethicsforteenleaders.blogspot.com

 
 
12:30 PM
5TH Floor
Accelerating Education Initiative (AEI)'s
Accelerating Education Initiative (AEI)'s
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:30pm
5TH Floor
Please Help Launch the Accelerating Education Initiative (AEI)'s 
 
Program in Afghanistan  with simultaneous broadcast online world wide via Google Hangout on Air.  
 
Dec. 7th at 12:30pm, 5th floor, NYSEC. 
 
 
Visit charityhelp.org to support the project of your choice.
 
Here is a short overview of the AEI:
 
CharityHelp’s Accelerating Education Initiative is designed to help schools benefit from the rapid growth of free digital educational information and low cost communication technologies.  Since this initiative leverages several major global trends and can be implemented by many organizations simultaneously around the world, we feel the positive social impact of this initiative could become very substantial.  To learn more about it, please see this short video:
 
 
We have been active in Afghanistan for more than 10 years and started by supporting orphanages through our partner, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO).    About 4 years ago, we formed Think Renewables to generate ongoing support for CharityHelp International.  Think Renewables started with creating and selling solar powered computer stations and then more recently, developed a line of  Conferencing eStations.
 
 
12:45 PM
No Brunch/Social Hour today
No Brunch/Social Hour today
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:45pm
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
No Deepening Ethical Circles today
No Deepening Ethical Circles today
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 1:30pm
 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 Audrey Kindred Presides
 

Creating deeds together.  Planning Song-A-Thon and other ideas.

 
 
2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Assembly
Sunday Assembly
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

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

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Intro Appreciative Inquiry
Intro Appreciative Inquiry
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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.

Dr. Klaeysen will offer an 8-session course on second and fourth Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings, starting on January 8 and 12. Registration is required and a commitment to all sessions requested. This introduction gives potential participants an opportunity to check out the syllabus. 

There is no charge for the introduction. The course will be offered at no charge for members and a $160 requested donation from non-members.

 
 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Write for Rights
Write for Rights
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Amnesty International metro local groups invite everyone to participate in its annual "Write for Rights" event to celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.  Light refreshments, envelopes, pens, sample letters and "case sheets" (descriptions on particular individuals at risk or torture or execution) will be supplied.  We invite everyone to join us to write letters both to prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned to encourage them and also to government officials and others in power seeking these same prisoners' release.  Donations for stamps will be gratefully accepted.  All are welcome and Amnesty members will be on hand to guide the letter-writing process.  Please join us!  For more information on the cases: http://write.amnestyusa.org/assets/pdf/2014WriteForRightsCaseSheets.pdf 

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Drones and Everything After” by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine, 10/5/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Admin. office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater
Ethics and the Theater
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 
Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, directed by Susanna Frazer. The Kellers’ two sons went off to World War II. Only one came back. It is a tragedy all too familiar to families all over America. But for the Kellers it is intertwined with a dark secret that has thrown a shadow over their lives and the lives of those once their closest neighbors and friends.
 

Come at 6:30 for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Dr. Anne Klaeysen. 

 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Topic: "Contradictions"
Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

Theme is “Acting Ethical,” with special guest teacher Maggie Raymond, theater artist. For information check YoungEthicalExporers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Human Rights and the Heavy Lifting of Social Justice
Sunday Meeting - Human Rights and the Heavy Lifting of Social Justice
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader
Dr. Frank Corigliano Presides
 
It is 66 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Since then more than 200 human rights documents have come into existence, aspiring to guarantee a broad range of entitlements and freedoms to larger segments of the human community. Decades ago, virtually no one had heard of human rights. Today the concept is everywhere. Most significantly people,  who are oppressed will protest their injustice by invoking their human rights. But is human rights adequate to the task?
 

My address will be an examination of the concept, how it is applied and its successes and weaknesses.

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Abe Markman Presides
 
From November until March 2015, nominations will be accepted for the five most Ethical persons in the news. 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 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.

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

Holiday deeding at this meeting, along with socializing and reflection to inspire leadership, activism and confidence. Guided by Advisor Audrey Kindred

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

Find out who we are and what we do. Ask us about Ethical Culture - our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership.  Please email mdetermann@nysec.org, or call 212-874-5210 x113 in advance to attend.   

 

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
We will explore selections from famous environmental authors, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, Michael Pollan, Rachel Carson, Richard Louv, Edward Abbey and Jane Goodall. This is a great way to cover classic environmental literature. 
 
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 502
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Room 502
Moderator Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman
 

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

 

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

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Science Is Not About Certainty” by Carlo Rovelli, New Republic, 7/11/14, and “How Scientific Inquiry Works” by Seamus O’Mahony, Dublin Review of Books, October 2014. 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Admin. 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, December 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A Road Scholar “Ambassador”
 

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

 

 

 
 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Secular Solstice 2014
Secular Solstice 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall

Our friends at Sunday Assembly are co-sponsoring this great event here at Ethical. From their meetup:

This winter, Sunday Assembly will be co-sponsoring Secular Solstice 2014 - a new, growing holiday. We sing and celebrate how humanity transformed the season of darkness into a festival of light. 

The event will be held on Saturday, December 20th: two hours of music and ceremony that honors our humanity's past and celebrates our future. To pay for the venue, musicians, food as well as record the album, we're selling tickets for $25 at EventBrite: 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brighter-than-today-a-secular-solstice-tickets-13995532013 

We have also have discount tickets available if the full price would be a hardship. If you need discount tickets, send us a note here: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qBja4HvVdNFinnrgFAAbywCnFKoJvGeVs0UooIz8Hxk/viewform

 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
Bring poems and join us as we close out 2014 with poetry readings.
 
 
9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:45am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Winter Festival
Sunday Meeting - Winter Festival
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curt Collier, Leader
 

Young and old will gather together to celebrate the Winter Solstice with music, readings, and our traditional candle-lighting ceremony to chase away the darkness. 

Join Curt Collier, Leader, families from our Ethics for Children program; and teens in the Ethical Leadership program for an intergenerational program that will bring you good cheer. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

Intergenerational Winter Festival

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Leaders' Office, Room 502
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leaders' Office, Room 502
Audrey Kindred Presides

Holiday Deeding

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.

 

 

 
 
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 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.

 

 
 
Thursday, December 25, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Thursday, December 25, 2014 (All day)

Christmas Day

 
 
Friday, December 26, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Friday, December 26, 2014 (All day)

Society offices closed

 
 
 
 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader, Presides
 

All of us are touched by loss. So it is that on this last Sunday of the year, we set aside time to look back before embarking on a new year - to remember our dead, to honor those who have touched our loves so profoundly, and immortalize them in the way we choose to lead our lives. We face tomorrow with hope made stronger by the lessons we have learned and the love we have shared. 

 
 
12:45 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
No Brunch/Social Hour
No Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 12:45pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Coffee and bagels in Ceremonial Hall after the platform.