Event Calendar

September 2016

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12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 1, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Group Study” by Charles Duhigg, The NY Times, 2/28/16
 
 
 

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

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Dealing With Pain Without Medication - The Open Focus Method
 
 
Joan Griffith-Vega, MA, MFA
 

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 #.  

 

 

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Please join us for a continental breakfast before Sunday Platform and socialize with members and friends.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Colloquy on Work
Sunday Meeting- Colloquy on Work
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Monica Weiss presides
 
Let’s think about, and talk about that word: labor— its importance in our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We will explore together how labor, in its broadest sense, can elevate or undermine our humanity.
 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, September 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.

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 
1. U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Open Discussion.
 
2. 350.org Response to Climate Change
 
3. Climate and the TPP Deal
 
4. Russia's effort of disinformation to break NATO
 
 
350.org (Political Action in Support of Climate Solutions & the Pledge to Mobilize)
 
By CLYDE PRESTOWITZ AUG. 23, 2016 
 
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR AUG. 28, 2016
 
 
 
 
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, September 7, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
A PASSION IN THE DESERT Honoré de Balzac; THE BLACK CAT, Edgar Allan Poe; THE REAL THING, Henry James; and A LADY WITH A DOG, Anton Chekhov
 
Read the selections in advance, 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 Reading and Discussion Second Series and Reader Aid we’ll be using through June, 2016, visit this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/great-books.html You can also 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, September 8, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
“Worlds Apart: Choosing a School for my Daughter in a Segregated City” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The NY Times, 6/12/16
 
 
 

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, September 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- Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
Ethics and the Theater- Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
Friday, September 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 Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo

A professor returns to her hometown to tend to her ailing mother and takes a teaching position at the college where her ex-lover is now dean and married to her ex-roommate. 
               
Pulitzer-prize finalist Gionfriddo takes this romantic triangle and gives it a feminist, postfeminist, and worldly-wise, wryly comic twist.   
 
 
Amber Bogdewiecz   Kathleen Grace Fioni  Pat Debrovner  Len Rella  Kari Swenson Riely  
 
Directed by Matt Antar     
 
 

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
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508

On Peace with Leader Anne Klaeysen.

 
 
10:00 AM
5th Floor
Ethics For Children - Open House
Ethics For Children - Open House
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am
5th Floor

10:00am:  All ages, Family OPEN HOUSE –

·       Ethics for Children and Teens Info Session for every kind of Family. 

·       Bagels will be served, while a song circle, info-talk and children’s activity are offered around Ethical Themes.

·       Registration process and Ethical membership options will be guided. 

·       New comers will learn from veteran Ethical Explorers

11am, 4th floor:  All join the ETHICAL community on the 4th floor. 

After a community greeting and music: 

·       Children will go upstairs for an independent project of DEED(CompassionGames.org)

·       Adults and teens may choose to experience the Morning Meeting. 

·       Meet After on Playground:  (Weather permitting)

LUNCH

·       Families are welcome to join the community for lunch

·       Children always eat for free!

TEENS/YOUTH

·       1:00, Ethics for Youth Leaders meet in the Lunch Room at  TEEN TABLE  (teens are welcome to eat for free).  Brainstorming the Season Ahead, and Launching Compassion Games Projects

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 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
Auditorium
Sunday Meeting- 9/11 After 15 Years: A Reflection
Sunday Meeting- 9/11 After 15 Years: A Reflection
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Auditorium

 

With Leader Anne Klaeysen and the Peace of Heart Choir

Almost a generation ago, on a bright Tuesday morning, it felt like the earth had stopped spinning. Tragedy struck in the form of planes turned into weapons. Thousands of people were killed, a nation mourned and then plunged into a war that lives on today. When the dust settled and the debris was cleared, we realized that the earth was still spinning and our lives were reeling out of control. 
 
On this fifteenth anniversary, in spoken and sung words, with full and heavy hearts, we will share a community reflection. Where were we then? Where are we now? How can we do our part in this world to promote loving kindness and peace?
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, September 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, September 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. 

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
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
Auditorium
Screening: The Same Heart
Screening: The Same Heart
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

 

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Why do half of the world’s children live in grinding poverty?

The Same Heart features a growing number of global economists and moral leaders who agree that an extremely small financial transactions tax, the “Robin Hood Tax,” could place the needs of all children at the heart of the global financial system for the first time. The film includes interviews with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureates Kailash SatyarthiShirin EbadiWangari MaathaiMairead Maguire, ethicist Peter Singer and Nobel economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman. Suggesting a sustainable approach, The Same Heart follows a dynamic Kenyan community organizer who devotes his life to making programs work from the bottom up.

This beautiful film was recently featured on the closing night of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis and we are proud to present the New York premiere of The Same Heart at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 

Awa Sangho, the "Golden Voice of Mali," Volker Goetze and Yacouba Sissoko will kick off the evening with a world music concert.

After the screening of The Same Heart, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers Len and Georgia MorrisReid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition, Karen Orenstein of Friends of the Earth and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research.

A reception follows for VIP guests, who will receive a copy of the film and soundtrack, and will meet the musicians, panelists and filmmakers. 

The evening is co-sponsored by the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Media Voices for Children, the Child Labor Coalition and Friends of the Earth.

To view the trailer, click here

 

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 15, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
There’s No Such Thing as Free Will” by Stephen Cave and “Genes Are Overrated” by Nathaniel Comfort, The Atlantic, June 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

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Adult Protective Services
 
 
Gary Barberio
 

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- doors open at 6:30
The Café at Ethical - John Wilmeth and Steph Walker
The Café at Ethical - John Wilmeth and Steph Walker
Friday, September 16, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor- doors open at 6:30
 
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.
 
Jazz pianist John Wilmeth and jazz vocalist Steph Walker bring us a bevy of talent on this fun “Open Mic Nite.”   

 

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

Bring your poems for our first readings of the year!

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics For Children - Free Family Festival
Ethics For Children - Free Family Festival
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL (bring friends): 

   11:00am    Celebrating INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

     1:00pm TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- How Ethical Culture Helped Save American Society
Sunday Meeting- How Ethical Culture Helped Save American Society
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Leader Joseph Chuman
Liz Singer presides

 

"Our Society is in a state of crisis, divided by class, democracy compromised. We have actually been there before. From the last decades of the nineteenth century until World War I, American society suffered from the weaknesses and oppressions that looked very much like those we confront today. But visionaries and activists rose to the occasion and restored American society from the ravages left by the Civil War and accelerated by the Industrial Revolution. The Progressive Movement, of which Ethical Culture was a major component, asserted its influence on all levels and had many different expressions, from organizing labor, to building settlements, to winning for women the right to vote, to busting up monopolies that kept the laboring masses poor and oppressed.
 
In my first address of the new season I will take a look  at the Progressive Era and Ethical Culture's place in it. it is my hope that the address will produce an ample introduction to the environment that gave birth to Ethical Culture and the notable men and women who were part of it. But my purpose is not solely historical. Its intent is to serve as a source of inspiration for us even now."
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, September 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, September 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall - Lower Level
The Radical Age Movement
The Radical Age Movement
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall - Lower Level

How Technology Promotes Ageism
and What You Can Do to Fight Back

Presenter:
Thomas Kamber, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Older Adults Technology Services
Senior Planet

RSVP

Learn More About “Techno-Ageism”and the Ways the Digital World is Failing Seniors

Beverages and light fare will be served.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, September 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.

 
 
6:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
RFRA: Religious Freedom or License to Discriminate
RFRA: Religious Freedom or License to Discriminate
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

With Toni Van Pelt

 

Based on religious objections with increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals, businesses, organizations, and institutions claiming a right to discriminate by refusing to provide services to women, LBGTI people and the disability community and by resorting to hiring discrimination.

These are the same arguments that were used in the 1960's to oppose laws requiring integration in restaurants because of sincerely held beliefs that God wanted the races to be separate. We even saw some religiously affiliated universities refuse to admit students who engaged in interracial dating. Now the radical right is working to expand allowance of this discrimination for "moral" reasons.

Imposing beliefs on others who do not share them goes against the very fiber and core of Secular Humanist, Feminist and shared American family values and principles. Ms. Van Pelt will discuss the history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and outline the damage it has done to date and the potential for future damage. She will also discuss ways you can help to stem the tide of religious special exemptions to the rule of the law and to assist and insist in the establishment of secular moral principles in American Culture.

Toni Van Pelt is co-founder, president, and Congressional lobbyist of the Institute for Science and Human Values. She launched and directed one of the first public policy offices of the secular humanist movement in Washington DC, focusing on the importance of science, the use of empirical evidence as the basis for public policy, separation of church and state, secularism, and women's and LGBTQI rights. She continues in that role today. 

She regularly presents on a variety of issues including proposed federal legislation and regulations, human rights, how to effectively participate in federal and state government, how to lobby legislative bodies and on the United Nations Conevention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). As a secular humanist, feminist activist and citizen of the world, she serves on the board of the Institute for Humanist Studies, is the Chairwoman of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Speakers Bureau, and on many of the boards and committees of the National Organization for Women since 1989.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 22, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The War on Stupid People” by David H. Freedman, The Atlantic, July/August 2016, and “Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility” by Jacob Burak, Aeon Magazine, 7/28/16
 
 
 

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

 
 
6:30 PM
Auditorium
Election 2016 Fatal Attraction
Election 2016 Fatal Attraction
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:30pm
Auditorium
 
How embedded death anxiety may have a material influence in the vote for the next President of the United States
 
 
Dr. Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College will host an engaging and lively dialogue about determining our next president in the upcoming election.  He will present social psychological research on why people vote the way they do. 
 
The program will begin at 6:30 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th Street, New York City.  Attendees are asked to make a recommended donation of $30. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/election-2016-fatal-attraction-tickets-26335454052 to reserve tickets.
 
Dr. Solomon’s research studies the effects of how the “awareness of death” changes human behavior, particularly in regard to America’s voting. The 2016 presidential election promises to be one of the most spirited affairs in the history of American politics, due in large measure to Donald Trump securing the Republican Party nomination. Dr. Solomon will examine the allure of Donald Trump and his promise to Make America Great Again by banishing Muslims and Mexicans, based on Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death, Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom, Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer and Marshall McLuhan’s notion that “the medium is the message.”  
 
Dr. Solomon’s work has been featured in the award-winning documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. He is co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life.  Dr. Solomon is an American Psychological Society Fellow, and a recipient of an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2007), a Lifetime Career Award by the International Society for Self and Identity (2009), and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award (2011). A favorite on campus, Dr. Solomon is known for his engaging and dynamic speaking style.  
 
 

 

The evening is sponsored by Contemporary Heroism Initiative, the Ernest Becker Foundation, the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Skidmore College
 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Comedy Club at Ethical
Comedy Club at Ethical
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Laughter is the best medicine. MC Scott Blakeman of Laughing Liberally brings you an ample dose, with the hottest new comedians on the NY stage.
 
Tonight:
 

SCOTT BLAKEMAN is an original member of Laughing Liberally, New York's longest running political comedy show. He was the resident comedian on MSNBC's live coverage of the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner.
 

DEAN OBEIDALLAH is the host of "The Dean Obeidallah Show" weekdays at noon, on Sirius XM Insight. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, and can be seen regularly on CNN and MSNBC.

BARRY WEINTRAUB is a frequent guest host on the Alan Colmes Radio Program on the Fox News Radio Network and is the founder of Comedy USA.

 

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 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- Ethics of Action
Sunday Meeting- Ethics of Action
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Curt Collier
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader presides
 

In his farewell address to the New York Society for Ethical Culture,  Leader Curt Collier will reflect on how Ethical Culture has shaped his environmental work and how relational based, not dogma based, ethics can indeed transform the world.  The address will end with a welcoming service for Collier's new son Anderson.

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am:  Children’s group theme:  “HOME – of heart, mind, and body”

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science - Social Robots and Compassion
Speaking of Science - Social Robots and Compassion
Monday, September 26, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 

Herb Klitzner tells us about what’s coming up in the robot world. Social robots are designed to engage with us humans in a collaborative way – like taking over our complex tasks, or simply waiting for us in line. To be effective, these robots need to interact with humans (or other robots) empathically, so empathy needs to be programed into their “consciousness.” This session will include a look into the nature of both empathy and compassion, and how it all can lead to robotic creativity.

 

Herb Klitzner holds a BS in math from University of Chicago and an MPhil in educational psychology from CUNY Graduate Center, with specialties in computer and cognitive sciences.."
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
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.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, September 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, September 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, September 29, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Smile, Frown, Grimace and Grin – Your Facial Expression is the Next Frontier in Big Data” by Jerry Adler, Smithsonian Magazine, December 2015, and “Beyond Anger” by Martha Nussbaum, Aeon Magazine, 7/26/16
 
 
 

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

 
 
7:00 PM
Ethical Humanist Award
Ethical Humanist Award
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

 

The New York Society for Ethical Culture presents the Ethical Humanist Award to Planned Parenthood: Still fighting for women's rights after 100 years!

Sign up and buy tickets here.

The Ethical Humanist Award, established in 1970, is the Society’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without regard for the sanction or acclaim of his or her peers or of society, and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications. This is the first time the Award is being given to an organization, marking the moral courage and tenacity of so many who have worked for women’s rights.

7:00pm - Award Presentation Film and Panel discussion with prominent leaders in the field: 

The panel will include:

JENNIFER DALVEN
Director, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

SARA HUTCHINSON RATCLIFFE
Domestic Program Director, Catholics For Choice

KATIE MCDONOUGH 
Journalist, Fusion.net

DR. TANYA OHLY
OB/GYN, Representing Physicians for Reproductive Health

STEPHANIE TOTI
Senior Counsel,Center For Reproductive Rights

“The Politicizing of Women’s Health and Sexuality: What can we do about it?” OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Accepting on behalf of Planned Parenthood will be Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President & Chief Experience Officer.

Auditorium, FREE

8:30pm - Cocktail Reception - Social Hall, $25 to Ethical NY Members, $35 to Guests catered by the Fortune Society's "Culinary Team for Healthy Foods"