Event Calendar

December 2018

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 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 Platform - Anne Klaeysen: Winter Reflections
Sunday Platform - Anne Klaeysen: Winter Reflections
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

This year it felt like we charged headlong into winter from summer without any break for a transitional autumn. Suddenly we were rooting around in our closets for sweaters and coats, and soon it will be time for boots and mittens. Let us take a moment for a deep collective breath to reflect upon our lives in the midst of global climate change and political upheaval. What grounds us and what inspires us to carry on the ethical mission to which we have committed ourselves?

Presider: Pat Debrovner

Shared Charity: This week’s shared charity, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom. HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are — protecting the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives, and reuniting them with their families; and assuring that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Children's Philosophy Club
Young Ethical Explorers: Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: "Looking Back, Moving Forward"

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11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members for dessert, and 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
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday with moderator Ken Gans

Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings:

We Need a Tall Wall With a Big Gate

A Rising Force in Germany? A Moivated Left

Big Debts, Bigger Worries

Rallying Cry Circles Globe: End Violence Against Women

A Movement Made for the Macron Era

The Depravity of Climate Change Denial

 
 
9:30 AM
Lobby
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 9:30am
Lobby

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Broadway. This road runs from State Street at Bowling Green for 13 miles through Manhattan and the Bronx. It is the oldest northsouth main thoroughfare in the city, dating back to New Amsterdam in the 1600s. Starting in the north, we’re working our way down. This is part 2 of our multi-part walking adventure.

Meet at 9:30 in the lobby at Ethical. At 9:40 we’ll head to Columbus Circle and take the A train to Dyckman, head down Broadway to 168th, where we begin our excursion. We’ll pass through High Bridge Park, cross the famous Croton Aqueduct High Bridge, and proceed down East 167th for lunch, perhaps at Richie Rich (comfort food!).

This walk, originally scheduled for November, was cancelled due to rain. Rain cancels. Email Bob Bumcrot (rbumcrot65@gmail.com) or Howard Rose (howardrose125@ gmail.com) if possible, or just show up on time.

What’s Next? Weather permitting, we expect to do part 3 of the Broadway Walk in January

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Leopard
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Leopard
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 

Read the novella in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group.  Visit https://www.meetup.com/Great-Literature-Discussions/  to learn more about us.

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

Members Free, Guests $5

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 6, 2018 -
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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:

“Does the Enlightenment Need Defending?” by Steven Pinker and Homi Bhabha, 9/10/18, (https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/does-the-enlightenment-need-defending-auid-1149)

“What Really Matters” an interview with Rebecca Goldstein, 9/3/18, Institute of Arts & Ideas (https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/rebecca-goldstein-on-what-really-matters-auid-1141)

 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders: Sexual Health and Aging
Empowering Ethical Elders: Sexual Health and Aging
Thursday, December 6, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Dr. Mark Brennan-Ing, Director for Research & Evaluation, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, Hunter College

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Life is Beautiful
Ethics in Film: Life is Beautiful
Friday, December 7, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
This month's film: Life is Beautiful

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, Guido uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. Directed by and starring Roberto Benigni.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, December 8, 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild General Meeting

This is a membership organization separate from NYSEC that sets its own yearly & event fees. For more information, visit: www.bakg.org

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert - Crash Test Dummies
Concert - Crash Test Dummies
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
Auditorium
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Identity or Persona, What's the Difference and Does it Matter?
Colloquy: Identity or Persona, What's the Difference and Does it Matter?
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August).

Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

Presider: Larry Hurst

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 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 Platform - Leader Joe Chuman: Ethical Culture and the Vitalization of American Democracy
Sunday Platform - Leader Joe Chuman: Ethical Culture and the Vitalization of American Democracy
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We are inundated by a spate of books and a tsunami of articles, popular and learned, issuing their warnings about the decline of democracy in America. I don't think their writers are jockeying for headlines or pandering to sensationalism. They are on to something.

From the stagnation of Congress to the power of big money; from the tribalization of political views to a loss of enchantment in democratic values, I do think our democracy is being severely challenged. History tells us that democracies do rise and fall, and there is no guarantee that American democracy will survive forever. In the final analysis, democracy is as democracy does.

While Ethical Culture has always been a numerically small movement, I will argue that the values that Ethical Culture stands for and puts into practice serve as an inspirational model of what a vibrant democratic life style, both nationally and in the local arenas of life, can look like. We have something of great importance to contribute to the needed revitalization of American democracy at this challenging political moment.

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

Shared Charity: This week’s shared charity is the Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition, which sponsors people who have applied for political asylum and been released from federal detention, and for selected other asylum seekers — helping them to establish themselves and achieve self-sufficiency. Services include housing, access to medical care, financial support, educational opportunities, liaison with attorneys, and more.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Writefully Ours
Young Ethical Explorers: Writefully Ours
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Deepali Srivastava leads this workshop in “expressing ethics.”

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11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Write for Rights: Write a Letter, Change a Life w/ Amnesty International
Write for Rights: Write a Letter, Change a Life w/ Amnesty International
Sunday, December 9, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Amnesty International’s Write for Rights is the world’s largest human rights event. Its history goes back 16 years when a young woman had just returned from traveling through Africa where she’d seen activists organizing 24-hour events to write protest letters to governments.

Her local Amnesty group in Poland decided to write Urgent Action appeals for 24 hours. They emailed their idea to other Polish groups, then their idea went viral. People started sending back pictures of themselves writing letters – by Niagara Falls, the Tower of London, in Japan, in Mongolia. It was a spontaneous, grassroots initiative that grew.

A letter - either hand-written or pre-printed - is still one of the most powerful tools we have as activists. When thousands of people write the same letter, our voices united cannot be ignored, and we help change lives for the better. As messages flood mailboxes, prisoners’ conditions improve or they are released. Torture stops. Executions are halted. Change happens. Hope grows.

Every year to mark Human Rights Day (the signing of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”) on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send letters and sign online petitions on behalf of someone they have never met as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.

Just this year on June 8, Write for Rights 2014 case Eskinder Nega, a former prisoner of conscience often thought of as the face of “Journalist at Risk”, spoke here at the New York Society for Ethical Culture shortly after his release. He, along with other prisoners of conscience Dr. Bekele Gerba, Soliyana Shimeles and Andualem Aragie, as well as African activists and politicians, were part of an Amnesty International panel: Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia and Implications for Accountable Governments in East Africa. Mr. Nega stated several times that they would not be free today if not for people like us who write on their behalf.

How it works: Amnesty identifies ten urgent cases among their thousands of cases (prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, torture survivors, and communities at risk) where global activism can make a huge impact. It supplies information on each case and prewritten letters. Participants can choose to just sign the letter and address the envelope, or to handwrite a personal letter with the information supplied. This year, we hope to surpass four-million actions and make a difference in the lives of all ten cases.

You can help. The human rights defenders in this year’s cases — all of them involving women — are counting on you. Some are in jail. Others are under dire threat. All of them targeted for their human rights work.

Please join us Sunday, December 9, at 1:00pm in Ceremonial Hall, as we partner with Amnesty International USA Group 9 and 280 to let the people in this year’s ten cases know they have not been forgotten. Amnesty will supply preprinted letters, envelopes, printed address labels, pens, case histories and refreshments. All you need to bring is yourself (return address labels are optional). International stamps for letters you sign would be greatly appreciated, but are not required.

Taner Kılıç, a 2017 Write for Rights case, spent over a year in prison for his peaceful human rights activism. People like you came together and helped both comfort him and pressure Turkish authorities to free him. After his release, Taner said, “To everyone who sent me countless letters from around the world I want to express my deep gratitude. While in prison, these actions lifted my spirit.”

 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:30pm
Room 508

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
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: The philosophy of New Year's resolutions
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: The philosophy of New Year's resolutions
Monday, December 10, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: The philosophy of New Year's resolutions

Make a resolution or don’t make a resolution; you will regret either. Or so the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard might quip. One estimate suggests that almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and yet less than 10% successfully follow through. Maybe we forget about them long before our snow boots dry out. Maybe life takes us on a different path. Maybe we stop caring. Maybe we simply fail. It might be tempting to do away with this farce altogether, but before we commit to being noncommittal about the New Year, it’s worth thinking through some of the options.

Suggested readings: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/12/22/advice-new-years-resoluti... and http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-01/philosophers-guide-to-new-years-re...

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/SkyeandMassimophilosophycafe

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Broadway Inspirational Voices - Joy & Inspiration: Annual Holiday Concert
Broadway Inspirational Voices - Joy & Inspiration: Annual Holiday Concert
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

Information and tickets: http://bivoices.org/biv-joy-and-inspiration

Holidays are a time to celebrate. What better way than to assemble for holiday music! The first half of our concert, Joy & Inspiration, will deliver just that. The second half we will perform gospel music. We have chosen songs that bring support to a world in need of moments of community. BIV is an example of many different people of different backgrounds gathering together, unified through music. On the eve of our 25th anniversary as a choir, we'd like you to join us as we begin the festivities early. Let us be joyful this holiday season. Let's all come together and allow the music to empower us, heal us, and revive us.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

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

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

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

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

https://www.ted.com/talks/stacey_abrams_3_questions_to_ask_yourself_about_everything_you_do

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Cancelled - Race, Systems, and Society
Cancelled - Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Notice: This event has been cancelled. We'll see you on January 8!

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 13, 2018 -
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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:
 
“A truly African philosophy” by Ada Agada, 9/27/18, (https://aeon.co/essays/consolation-philosophy-and-the-struggle-of-reason-in-africa)

“The greatest use of life” by John Kaag, 10/1/18,  Aeon (https://aeon.co/essays/is-life-worth-living-the-pragmatic-maybe-of-william-james)

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Thursday, December 13, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

From the moment we awaken in the morning until we tumble into bed at night, we are faced with challenges and opportunities to behave ethically. We may have time to consider the consequences of our response to a situation or need to make an immediate choice. In either case, we rely upon our values and experience. In these sessions, we will discuss essays from acclaimed writers and apply them to our own lives, sharing our collective wisdom with one another.

Readings are selected essays from Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments edited by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley. See Maggie Determann, room 501.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: A Doll's House, Part 2
Ethics and the Theater: A Doll's House, Part 2
Friday, December 14, 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

Ethics and the Theater will present: A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

A knock at the door of the Helmers’ house announces the return of Nora, 15 years after she made her dramatic exit through the same portal at the end of Henrik Ibsen’s original play. What has she done in the meantime? How has Torvald coped without her? The answers Hnath supplies are probably unlike what Ibsen imagined, and far funnier.

Come at 6:30 pm for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Bring your favorite poems to finish 2018.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 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
Young Ethical Explorers: Winter Festival w/ storäe michele
Young Ethical Explorers: Winter Festival w/ storäe michele
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Winter Festival! Join the whole Ethical family in making a TIME CAPSULE as a gift to the future Ethical Culture community. (Details on pg.1) Stay for a special opportunity at 1pm to meet artist storäe michele and watch her wonderful film, the listening heart.

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11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Winter Festival Intergenerational Program w/ storäe michele
Sunday Platform - Winter Festival Intergenerational Program w/ storäe michele
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join our youth programs coordinator Audrey Kindred with special guest storäe michele! This winter solstice celebration, led by our Young Ethical Explorers, brings the whole Ethical community into a collective creative process of making a time capsule as a gift to future Ethical Culture members and friends.

Audrey Kindred is the Director of Family Programs at Ethical NYC, most specifically, of our Young Ethical Explorers program. Our guest, storäe michele, is an artist, art therapist, eco-feminist, writer, director, and educator. An Interdisciplinary M. Div. graduate of Union Theological Seminary, she infuses the arts into theological inquiries — exploring rituals and breathing life into sacred spaces for meaningful reflection through performance, movement, and film.

This afternoon, see storäe michelle’s film, [the listening heart], and have the opportunity to speak with storäe.

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity: This week’s shared charity, the Encampment for Citizenship, founded by the New York Society for Ethical Culture, conducts residential summer programs with year-round follow-up for young people of widely diverse backgrounds and nations. It provides youth with a compelling experience in democratic living, with emphasis on critical thinking and social action

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Ugly Sweaters and Sweets: Holiday Lunch and Cookie Swap
Ugly Sweaters and Sweets: Holiday Lunch and Cookie Swap
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor

Do you have a sweater that you wear ONLY on winter holidays? Wear it on Dec. 16! This applies to our Ethical family children, too!

And, do you bake cookies and other holiday treats? Bring them along for dessert to our special luncheon — in Ceremonial Hall, at 12:30pm following the Winter Festival. (Monies from the bake sale will go to support our Women’s Shelter.)

We’ll honor and enjoy your tasty holiday treats, and vote on the wildest sweater.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: [the listening heart] w/ Director storäe michele
Film & Discussion: [the listening heart] w/ Director storäe michele
Sunday, December 16, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join us for a screening of The Listening Heart by storäe michele.

Click here to watch the trailer!

An Afro-Native Futuristic film, [the listening heart] is performed by an amazing cast of all women of color, embodying poetry, song, and dance. This film uplifts the feminine divine and investigates the ways in which we communicate meanings of love.

[the listening heart], brings to life an original story grounded in Mayan and Yoruba cosmologies. The protagonist Ix Chel originated from collaborative conversations with Edyka Chilomé, as a child healer learning the meanings of the word "love." [Re]indigenizing the myth of the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel –a healer connected to Earth as a midwife of safe passage– this story follows a common paradigm of women who are hurt and disembodied when going against social norms. But, in this film, their voices are reclaimed through self-healing.

Brave space is created to speak to the mistruths we were given about love and ways to radically transform them through art as ritual, folk-talk and deep listening.

This film features dynamic individuals: Jadele McPherson, Shantez Tolbut, Jaguar Mary X, Kevonnie Shelton, Cocoa Sarai, Jaye Watts, Alexandria Johnson, Esperanza Lin, Medina Ouida, Kay Lowry, Tamara Dumay Murad, Jessica Peñaranda and Jazmin Peralta--who are exceptional artist, performers, entrepreneurs, mothers, activists, singers, songwriters, dancers, poets, & educators.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life - Should Stoics Be Feminists?
Stoic School of Life - Should Stoics Be Feminists?
Monday, December 17, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic - Should Stoics Be Feminists?

The ancient Stoics had very progressive ideas about women. Zeno of Citium and Seneca explicitly say that women have the same mental faculties as men, and they therefore should be taught philosophy. But were the early Stoics feminist in the modern sense of the word? More importantly, should modern Stoics be feminists?

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Controversy Over Specialized High Schools Admissions
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Controversy Over Specialized High Schools Admissions
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for Lunch with The League of Women Voters, featuring a buffet lunch (12pm-1pm) followed by a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike, and usually includes a Q&A.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/should-testing-decide-who-is-admitted-to-ny...

New York City has nine specialized — and free — high schools, serving close to18,000 students annually. For eight of those schools, admission is based on how 8th graders score on the Specialized High School Admission Test. (For the ninth, LaGuardia, there are auditions.) Mayor De Blasio has proposed eliminating the admissions test because the number of black and Latino students at the three highest-status of those schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech — continues to be under 15%, despite the fact that black and Latino students comprise 70% of the public school populace. (In contrast, 30% of Asians in our public schools qualify for admission to the specialized high schools.) Instead, the mayor proposes that the system admit the top 7% of students at every public middle school throughout the city, a change that, it is estimated, would bring that percentage to 45%. Those who oppose this argue that it would change what is now an objective measure of merit.

For questions, please contact LWV manager Emily: ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or 212-725-3541

 
 
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Richard Koral, Leader

Through readings, self-reflection and the sharing of relevant experiences, we will explore the meaning of the volunteer work that we do as it relates to our personal life journeys. It will be expected that each participant will engage in an ongoing volunteer project that provides some kind of service to the disadvantaged.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
with moderator Ken Gans
 
Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.
 
Readings TBA
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office, Room 502
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 20, 2018 -
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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:
 
“Just deserts” by Daniel C. Dennett and Gregg D. Caruso, Aeon, 10/4/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/on-free-will-daniel-dennett-and-gregg-caruso-go-head-to-head

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders - Helpful Technology: A Survey of Devices & Services to Help Maintain The Independence of Seniors
Empowering Ethical Elders - Helpful Technology: A Survey of Devices & Services to Help Maintain The Independence of Seniors
Thursday, December 20, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Mark Zilberman, LCSW

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe Holiday Party: Maggie Dee & Daryl Kojak
Jazz Cafe Holiday Party: Maggie Dee & Daryl Kojak
Friday, December 21, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

This month, The Jazz Café at Ethical is our holiday party!

“Kojak makes those keys vibrate with a rhythmic intensity that supports the lyrics and takes the singer (and the audience) on a musical adventure.” -Paulanne Simmons, Theater Pizzazz

Come celebrate the holidays with Daryl Kojak and Maggie Dee, backed by the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio!

Daryl Kojak, pianist, arranger, producer, musical director, composer and songwriter, is honored to have worked with a long list of talent, including Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Phoebe Snow, Ben Vereen, Sheila Jordan. Michael Feinstein, Jane Monheit, Cheryl Bentyne, Kristin Chenoweth, George Coleman, Randy Brecker, Catherine Russell, Kurt Elling, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Daryl has been honored with The Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Director; The Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Top Gospel Arranger; The MAC Award for Best Jazz Group; and with Laurie Krauz, The Bistro Award for Outstanding Theme Show for Tapestry Rewoven.

He has composed and scored music for film, television, stage, artist recordings and video games. Daryl’s notating and engraving work includes Boston Pops (for Robert Rines) and The Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra (for Byron Olson.) www.darylkojak.com

Maggie Dee has been delighting audiences throughout the metropolitan area with her dazzling renditions of the Great American Song Book and jazz standards. The various night spots where she’s performed include Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad, Margarita’s Café, the Huntington Hilton, and more. She’s delighted to be returning to perform with her new partner at the Jazz Café at Ethical.

Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!

The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics). 

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 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 Platform - Rabbi Michael Pollack: Democracy Conquers Absurdity
Sunday Platform - Rabbi Michael Pollack: Democracy Conquers Absurdity
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

This talk is about the holiness of the encounter, political pilgrimage, and sacrifice through the lens of March on Harrisburg, a Pennsylvania pro-democracy group working to fight fascism with democracy.

Rabbi Michael Pollack grew up in Rockville, Maryland. During his last year of rabbinical school, he founded March on Harrisburg, a group dedicated to healing our wounded democracy by passing anti-corruption, pro-democracy bills in Pennsylvania. Michael’s hobbies include convincing politicians to not be corrupt, long marches through the Pennsylvania countryside, and sitting down in inconvenient places in the State Capitol.

Presider: Dan Hanson

Shared Charity: This week’s shared charity is March on Harrisburg, which lobbies, marches, and does nonviolent civil disobedience to move their bills and build an honest and productive relationship between citizen and state.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 1:30pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Learn about the fine work of our climate partners--350NYC, Food and Water Watch, and NYC Grassroots Alliance--are doing, and find out how you can be part of a global climate solution. Hear reports about projects and campaigns they are promoting, and get updates on ways to influence your neighbors, families, and communities to pursue more sustainable-living choices.

 
 
Monday, December 24, 2018 (All day) to Friday, December 28, 2018 (All day)
Holiday Week - Building Closed
Holiday Week - Building Closed
Monday, December 24, 2018 (All day) to Friday, December 28, 2018 (All day)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers
Young Ethical Explorers
Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: TBA

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11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Anne Klaeysen: Remembrance Sunday
Sunday Platform - Anne Klaeysen: Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

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

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity: 

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, December 31, 2018 (All day) New Year's Eve - Building Closed
New Year's Eve - Building Closed
Monday, December 31, 2018 (All day)