Event Calendar

December 2016

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12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Religion without belief” by Christopher Kavanagh, Aeon, 9/15/16  
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
"Slice of Life" Storytelling 3-Part Workshop
"Slice of Life" Storytelling 3-Part Workshop
Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
Want to hone your storytelling skills?
 
We all have stories to share that can engage, inspire, illuminate and entertain. Tap into your creative side by learning to craft 5-minute meaningful life stories.
 
We thank the Peabody award winner and NPR’s nationally popular The Moth Radio Hour for their fabulous example and expert training of our facilitator, Richard Koral, Assistant Leader.
 
Registration required and participation in all sessions preferable. 
 
To register, email or call Maggie: mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x113
 
Register today! Space is limited.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
TED TALKS on Mortality
 
 
Wendy Panken, LCSW, Psychotherapist
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

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

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film - Life of Brian (1979)
Ethics in Film - Life of Brian (1979)
Friday, December 2, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Terry Jones
 
Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of religion. 33 A.D. Judea is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At its center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who is mistaken for the promised messiah. Life of Brian provides ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from lepers and haggling to revolutionaries, prophets, and religious fanaticism. 
 
 

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- : Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection
Sunday Meeting- : Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Medea Benjamin
Dr. Anne Klaeysen presides
 
The co-founder of CODEPINK has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects most of us studiously avoid. Here, she’s speaking on her research of the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. In her latest book release, Benjamin—cited by the L.A. Times as “one of the high-profile members of the peace movement”—shines a light on one of the most perplexing elements of American foreign policy.
 
What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home. With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime.
 

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

She is the author of nine books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet, The Other Words, and TeleSUR

 

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Ethical Action Committee- Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee- Open Meeting
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 1:15pm
Room 508

 

The purpose of this committee is to engage the Ethical members and friends in actions that will help to eradicate injustice in our city, state, country and world — with the aim of making the world a safe, secure place where every person everywhere is treated with decency and fairness. This meeting is open to the public.

 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:30 PM
Social Hall
Putting a Price on Carbon
Putting a Price on Carbon
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 6:30pm
Social Hall
 
The climate crisis is an emergency that demands urgent action on all fronts. Join us for this free educational forum on a wide range of issues related to putting a price on carbon.  
•        What are the scientific, economic and ethical arguments in favor of a carbon tax?  
•        What are the practical and political barriers to implementation?  
•        How should climate activists in NYC organize around these challenges?
 
SPEAKERS:
-      Dr. James Hansen, Director, Climate Science Awareness and Solutions Program at Columbia University Earth Institute
-      Charles Komanoff, Director, Carbon Tax Center
-      Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director and Director of Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
-      Robert Werner, Citizens' Climate Lobby
-      Mark Dunlea, 350NYC / Green Education and Legal Fund
 
MODERATOR: 
-      Jannette M. Barth, Activist, Economist and Managing Director, Pepacton Institute LLC.
 
RSVP and tickets on Eventbrite:   http://tinyurl.com/carbon-tax-Dec5
 
Updates and comments on FACEBOOK:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1713592202293345/
 
Organized by 350NYC   and   Hosted by NYC Grassroots Alliance.        
 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 -
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, December 6, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

"Can the Senate Democrats Save the Party?"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 11/27/16

"A Jolt of Blue Collar Hope"
by David Leonhardt
The New York Times, 11/22/16

"A Time for Listening"
by David Brooks
The New York Times, 11/22/16

"Warming Alters Arctic Food Chain"
by Carl Zimmer
The New York Times, 11/23/16

"The Populism Perplex"
by Paul Krugman
The New York Times, 11/25/16

"Don't Retreat Into Fortress America"
by William S. Cohen and Gary Hart
The New York Times, 11/22/16

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group-See below for selections
Great Books Discussion Group-See below for selections
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts
 
BULLET, Kim Church; LOOKING FOR MR. GREEN, Saul Bellow; SONNY’S BLUES, James Baldwin; ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION, Donald Hall; THE PROFESSOR’S HOUSES, Ursula K. Le Guin
 
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, December 8, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
 

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

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
"Slice of Life" Storytelling 3-Part Workshop
"Slice of Life" Storytelling 3-Part Workshop
Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
Want to hone your storytelling skills?
 
We all have stories to share that can engage, inspire, illuminate and entertain. Tap into your creative side by learning to craft 5-minute meaningful life stories.
 
We thank the Peabody award winner and NPR’s nationally popular The Moth Radio Hour for their fabulous example and expert training of our facilitator, Richard Koral, Assistant Leader.
 
Registration required and participation in all sessions preferable. 
 
To register, email or call Maggie: mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x113
 
Register today! Space is limited.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Everyday Ethics
Everyday Ethics
Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

We "do" ethics every waking hour. The way we treat others and take care of ourselves involve many small and big choices. How do we make those choices? What grounds our morality? Do we think about ethics in terms of values and/or consequences? Each session will address a different topic. Relevant articles are available from the Membership Office.

This session: Family

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

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
UA is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing fellow citizens who oppose continued reliance on fossil fuels to power our lives, including coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. They advocate instead for the implementation of renewable energy, as well as conservation and energy efficiency. 
 
UA works to raise public awareness of the unacceptable risks posed by extreme fossil fuel extraction such as fracking for natural gas and oil, and by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater - Skylight by David Hare
Ethics and the Theater - Skylight by David Hare
Friday, December 9, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Skylight by David Hare

When Tom shows up at Kyra’s apartment in a down-and- out section of London, he does more than disrupt her plans for a peaceful dinner correcting homework. He rekindles feelings the two had for each other years before, when she was 18 and he, some twenty years older, was married to another woman. But his unexpected arrival also sparks a passionate, if acidly witty, debate about what drove them apart then and the chances of bridging their differences now. 

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.

 

 
 
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Write For Rights
Write For Rights
Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
12:30pm to 3:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign, is world’s largest letter writing event, which engages people to write, tweet, blog, and speak out on behalf of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders and communities at risk from around the world.

Amnesty International local groups Groups 9 and 280 invite everyone to participate in its annual "Write for Rights" event this year in the Eliot library at The Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday, December 10th, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. This Event elebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.  Light refreshments, envelopes, pens, pre-printed 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.  All are welcome and Amnesty members will be on hand to guide the process. 

Every year, thousands of participants worldwide write letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders and others at risk of human rights violations. Today, Amnesty members, activists and supporters have added tweets, Facebook posts, and online messages to letter writing. The power of the written word and the power of people taking action together continue to expose and free prisoners of conscience around the globe.  The human voice has power. Through Write for Rights, Amnesty International activists have helped free tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience. 

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Finding Hope in Times of Despair
Sunday Meeting- Finding Hope in Times of Despair
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Leader Joe Chuman
Maggie Determann presides
 

The election of Donald Trump has generated an atmosphere of anxiety and fear unprecedented in the history of the modern presidency. And rightly so. The future looks uncertain but dark. However frightening for progressives, it is especially so for vulnerable minorities — Muslims, immigrants, people of color, as well as fellow citizens who receive their health insurance from the Affordable Care Act and are one medical bill away from financial ruin. But think global warming, and we are all imperiled as the fate of the planet ostensibly rests in the hands of Mr. Trump, a climate-change denier.

People are anxious and a sense of despair is understandable. But human beings cannot remain in despair for long, and anxious for even less so. At some point we must reclaim our hope. Speaking for myself, I abjure false hope. I am emotionally averse to Pollyanna-ish assertions of cheeriness when the facts speak otherwise. So my question is, can we find sources for an empirically-based hope? I think we can, and I will be examining these sources

- Joe Chuman

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 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, December 11, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, December 12, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The School is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) to the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in Socratic discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, we will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome.

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani professor of philosophy at the City College of New York

This week's topic: Stoic emotions

Suggested reading:

reading 1

reading 2

 

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Race and Ethnic Relations in the "Post-Racial" Society
Race and Ethnic Relations in the "Post-Racial" Society
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Moderator: Dr. Joseph Fashing
 
In the aftermath of the election of Barack Obama, many "experts" were declaring that we had entered a post-racial era. This series of discussions will attempt to evaluate the status of race and ethnic relations eight years later and to opine on what might be the future of race and ethnic relations in the United States. There will be a selection of readings on such issues as the state of minority education, drug policy, mass incarceration, police violence, etc., from a variety of perspectives.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 15, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 

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

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
"Slice of Life" Storytelling 3-Part Workshop
"Slice of Life" Storytelling 3-Part Workshop
Thursday, December 15, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
Want to hone your storytelling skills?
 
We all have stories to share that can engage, inspire, illuminate and entertain. Tap into your creative side by learning to craft 5-minute meaningful life stories.
 
We thank the Peabody award winner and NPR’s nationally popular The Moth Radio Hour for their fabulous example and expert training of our facilitator, Richard Koral, Assistant Leader.
 
Registration required and participation in all sessions preferable. 
 
To register, email or call Maggie: mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x113
 
Register today! Space is limited.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
End of Year, Senior Tax & Finance Q&A
 
 
Phyllis Pawlovsky
 

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 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Café at Ethical - Maggie Dee and Friends
The Café at Ethical - Maggie Dee and Friends
Friday, December 16, 2016 -
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. This month brings you our own vocalist Maggie Dee and friends, bringing us the jazz standards from mellow to swing, along with some delightful contemporary tunes. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.
 
 
6:00 PM
Auditorium
Winter Solstice 2016
Winter Solstice 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
Auditorium

 

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A two hour singalong ceremony, celebrating the first humans who looked up at the winter sky and thought "where did the sun go, and when is it coming back?" And all the humans ever since who worked to make our world brighter. 

 This is a family friendly event with refreshments and children's activities in Ceremonial Hall.

We invite you to return the next morning, Sunday, December 18, at 11 am for our intergenerational Winter Festival, "Let There Be Light."

Content notes: Mild social pressure to sing. Frank discussion of death and disease in second half after intermission

Doors open at 5:00pm. Ceremony begins at 6 pm

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Bring your favorite poems  as 2016 comes to a close

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Winter Festival 2016
Sunday Meeting- Winter Festival 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Audrey Kindred
Hazel May presides
 
 
Winter Festival followed by family potluck lunch.
 

The theme of this year's Winter Festival is "Let There Be Light." We will make the solstice with music, storytelling, and creative shared activities. Children and adults of all ages are warmly invited to join us.

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 1:30pm
Leaders' Office
Environmental Stewardship Committee hosts
 

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.

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 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
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 -
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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leaders' Office

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader

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

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Café
Massimo's Philosophy Café
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Café is run by Massimo Pigliucci, and it's based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme facilitated by Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani professor of philosophy at the City College of New York

This week's topic: Ought implies Can. Or does it?

Suggested reading

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 22, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Unearthing the World of Jesus” by Ariel Sabar, Smithsonian Magazine, Jan-Feb 2016 
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Everyday Ethics
Everyday Ethics
Thursday, December 22, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

We "do" ethics every waking hour. The way we treat others and take care of ourselves involve many small and big choices. How do we make those choices? What grounds our morality? Do we think about ethics in terms of values and/or consequences? Each session will address a different topic. Relevant articles are available from the Membership Office.

This session: New Year's Resolutions

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Colloquy on Holidays
Sunday Meeting- Colloquy on Holidays
Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

 
 
12:45 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Small lunch
Small lunch
Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 12:45pm
Ceremonial Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

 

 
 
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science – Update on Evolution
Speaking of Science – Update on Evolution
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Professor Massimo Pigliucci
 
Though there are those who deny the validity of the most important theory in the biological sciences, there are also those who continue to study the theory of evolution and find new evidence for it and new discoveries through it.  How have things changed since Darwin proposed its original version more than 150 years ago?  We’ll talk about the evolution of evolutionary theory, the nature of scientific controversies, and the difference between real science and creationist pseudoscience.
 
Massimo Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York. His research includes the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience.  He has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 29, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
American Secular” by Sam Haselby, Aeon, 5/26/16 
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch