Event Calendar

February 2016

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12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gan
 
Today's Topic: Income Inequality
 
1. "Is Vast Inequality Necessary?" by Paul Krugman NY Times, 1/15/2016
 
2. "$250,000 a Year Is Not Middle Class" by Bryce Covert NY Times, 12/28/2015
 
3."America the Unfair?" by Nicholas Kristof NY Times, 1/21/2016
 

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

SIX weekly sessions starting Feb 3

Moderator: Rob Hofman Strength, endurance and flexibility are important to live our lives in an optimal way – not only for a better functioning physical body but also for a better functioning brain and memory. Learn simple and fun exercises for body and brain. Sessions are suitable for any level of physical functioning. Fee includes all sessions.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION: ygarcia@nysec.org 212-874-5210 X 117

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group- Billy Budd, Sailor *
Great Books Discussion Group- Billy Budd, Sailor *
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
 
"Billy Budd, Sailor* by Melville
 
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.

 

 

 
 
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Low Impact Aerobics
Low Impact Aerobics
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Maggie Determann
 
An easy to follow, fun low impact aerobic workout that is a great way to get in shape and stay fit.  Come and enjoy a lively class that is stress-free for beginners, energy boosting and a great way to burn calories.  Loose comfortable clothes and sneakers recommended.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
What Money Can Buy” by Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 1/4/16 
 
 

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, February 4, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Aging & Your Brain
 
 
 
Jed Levine, Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Services, The Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, NYC
 
 

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, February 4, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film - Awakenings (1990)
Ethics in Film - Awakenings (1990)
Friday, February 5, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Penny Marshall
 
 
Williams plays Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease.
 
De Niro co-stars as Leonard, the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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9:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:30am
Adler Study, Room 514
 

Explore and practice mindfulness with Leader Anne Klaeysen

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 7, 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 -“Gun-orrhea, America’s Most Life-Threatening Social Disease”
Sunday Meeting -“Gun-orrhea, America’s Most Life-Threatening Social Disease”
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Chris Bernhardt presides
 
 
From the OK Corral in then Arizona Territory in 1881 to the Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016, the United States has grappled with gun control. The majority of Americans, even gun owners and NRA members, favor background checks. Yet politicians cave into the gun industry, even blocking research funding on the health implications of gun violence, an epidemic unique to American culture. Why are Americans obsessed with guns? Is it a social disease? What makes us different from other countries?
 
Leader Anne Klaeysen explores these and other questions in this platform.
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 7, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D.
Consultant in Medical Ethics
 
six monthly sessions, 2nd Tuesday
 
Contemporary healthcare is often ethically problematic. Medical decision-making can be confusing and stressful, not only for patients but also for their families and friends.  This course— which consists of six monthly meetings— will examine a series actual clinical cases from the perspective of ethical thought and action. Each month, in advance of our sessions, readings on the topic will be sent electronically to course participants.  During our 
meetings, we shall discuss and debate ethical concerns in a variety of cases. The topic areas will be:
1.  Introduction/Case Analysis
2.  Neonatal [Newborn] Ethics
3.  Mental Illness and Psychiatric 
Treatment
4.  Dementia, including Alzheimer 
Disease
5.  The Context of Treatment, 
including Religious Issues 
6.  Critical Care/ICU Ethics
 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

SIX weekly sessions starting Feb 3

Moderator: Rob Hofman Strength, endurance and flexibility are important to live our lives in an optimal way – not only for a better functioning physical body but also for a better functioning brain and memory. Learn simple and fun exercises for body and brain. Sessions are suitable for any level of physical functioning. Fee includes all sessions.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

 
 
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Low Impact Aerobics
Low Impact Aerobics
Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Maggie Determann
 
An easy to follow, fun low impact aerobic workout that is a great way to get in shape and stay fit.  Come and enjoy a lively class that is stress-free for beginners, energy boosting and a great way to burn calories.  Loose comfortable clothes and sneakers recommended.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Darwin Day” on Center for Inquiry website; “Ten Significant Court Decisions Regarding Evolution/Creationism” on National Center for Science Education website; “On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate” by David Masci, Pew Research Center, 2/12/15; and “Jeremy England, the Man Who May One-Up Darwin” by Meghan Walsh, OZY.com, 4/20/15
 
 

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 to 7:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting
Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
With Leader Anne Klaeysen
 
Monthly, 2nd Thursday
 
Family life today faces challenges that can overwhelm adults responsible for the care of children. The goal of spending "quality time" with loved ones gets lost in the daily struggle to make a living and provide a home. Families need support. This workshop offers parenting skills and an opportunity to connect with other parents, step parents and grandparents. 
 
Today's Topic: Conversations with children about race.
 
Participants must register with Margaret Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 ext 113.
 
Childcare provided upon advanced request.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater- "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"
Ethics and the Theater- "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"
Friday, February 12, 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  Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terrance McNally

Two couples bound together by marriage, blood, and a marital indiscretion share a beach house on Fire Island for the Fourth of July.
 
Over the course of the day, they cook, eat, drink, and dance, but mostly they talk — comically, cuttingly, poignantly — to, over, and at one another and themselves, about love, infidelity, fear, disease, death, and musical comedy.

Directed by Susanna Frazer                                            

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, February 14, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508

with Leader Anne Klaeysen: Love (of course)

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 14, 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 14, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Farthest Reaches of American Racism
Sunday Meeting - The Farthest Reaches of American Racism
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Leader Joseph Chuman
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader  presides
 

With the coming of Barack Obama, and even several years before, we had reason to believe that at long last America was beginning to put its abominable legacy of racism behind us. After all, such values as "tolerance" and "multiculturalism" were coursing through large segments of American society. But the recent spate of killings of young black men killed by white police officer with impunity, has dramatically  revealed that such optimism was premature. So has increased exposure of the astounding rates of incarceration of black men, and much else. How are we to explain the sheer persistence and endurance of racism that continues to deeply permeate our society?

To try to answer this question, I plan to look at the thought of several major African-American figures in order to frame an understanding of this old but urgent problem that tragically continues to plague American society and undermine our  humanistic ideals and aspirations.
 

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508
Abe Markman Presides
 
A lively discussion of what’s in the news today, gaining perspective on current events.

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, February 14, 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. 

 
 
Monday, February 15, 2016 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Monday, February 15, 2016 (All day)

Closed for Presidents' Day

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

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

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, February 16, 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.

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

SIX weekly sessions starting Feb 3

Moderator: Rob Hofman Strength, endurance and flexibility are important to live our lives in an optimal way – not only for a better functioning physical body but also for a better functioning brain and memory. Learn simple and fun exercises for body and brain. Sessions are suitable for any level of physical functioning. Fee includes all sessions.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

 
 
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Low Impact Aerobics
Low Impact Aerobics
Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Maggie Determann
 
An easy to follow, fun low impact aerobic workout that is a great way to get in shape and stay fit.  Come and enjoy a lively class that is stress-free for beginners, energy boosting and a great way to burn calories.  Loose comfortable clothes and sneakers recommended.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Retracing Slavery’s Trail of Tears” by Edward Ball, Smithsonian, November 2015
 
 

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, February 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Know Your O.T.Cs: Over the Counter Medications
 
 
Francisco Diaz, NP
 

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, February 18, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:30 PM
Social Hall
The Café at Ethical
The Café at Ethical
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Social Hall
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 we welcome Adrianna Mateo, a singer-songwriter and solo “new music” violinist. She is currently headlining a show of her original music at Arlene’s Grocery, performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, recording her first solo album, and making her acting debut at the Metropolitan Opera.
 
We invite you to enjoy the talents of this rising star.
 
 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Reading and discussing Thomas Gray’s poem:  Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 21, 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 -"Conventional Wisdom, Fashion and the Known World"
Sunday Meeting -"Conventional Wisdom, Fashion and the Known World"
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Richard Koral
Richard Van Deusen presides
 

How do we know what we know?  Do people hold ideas, or do ideas hold people? Why do some ideas propagate like wildfire and others never get off the ground?
 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 21, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

 

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, February 24, 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. 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Stronger Body, Balanced Mind
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

SIX weekly sessions starting Feb 3

Moderator: Rob Hofman Strength, endurance and flexibility are important to live our lives in an optimal way – not only for a better functioning physical body but also for a better functioning brain and memory. Learn simple and fun exercises for body and brain. Sessions are suitable for any level of physical functioning. Fee includes all sessions.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

 
 
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Low Impact Aerobics
Low Impact Aerobics
Thursday, February 25, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Adler Study, Room 514- 6 sessions, Jan 28 – Mar 3
Maggie Determann
 
An easy to follow, fun low impact aerobic workout that is a great way to get in shape and stay fit.  Come and enjoy a lively class that is stress-free for beginners, energy boosting and a great way to burn calories.  Loose comfortable clothes and sneakers recommended.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 25, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
On Being Seen: An Interview with Claudia Rankine from Ferguson” by Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 8/22/14 and “I am invested in keeping present the forgotten bodies” – an interview with Claudia Rankine by Ratik Asokan, Believer, 12/10/14
 
 

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
Democracy is a Verb
Democracy is a Verb
Thursday, February 25, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Dr. Anne Klaeysen
 
monthly, 4th Thursday unless otherwise noted
 
There’s much more to being a citizen than voting. Participating in a democracy means making a serious commitment to making it work on all levels from local to global. Since its founding in 1876, Ethical Culture has emphasized the importance of democracy, both in terms of organizing Ethical Societies and engaging in the larger community. In humanist terms, one could say that there is something “sacred” about democracy; it calls upon us to take our place in the world as responsible human beings. This course will explore the definitions and forms of democracy, the challenges to it in this country, and how we can take more active roles.  
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 25, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Let the Sunshine In!
Let the Sunshine In!
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 6:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

 

The Caring Committee and Leader Anne Klaeysen are hosting a party on behalf of the leaders' Sunshine Fund. They hope to raise awareness of and funds for their work on behalf of our members in need. There are times in all of our lives when we face emergencies that require immediate financial assistance. The Sunshine Fund has paid rent and food bills, heating and medical expenses. Any member in need may ask for help. As with pastoral counseling, this service is confidential. 

Delicious refreshments, entertainment and door prizes are included.

No need to RSVP. Just come, bring others with you, and enjoy yourself. If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to the Leaders Sunshine Fund.

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 28, 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 28, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Armed Welfare Queens Invade Gift Shop Demanding More Government Handouts! (And Other Absurdities)
Sunday Meeting - Armed Welfare Queens Invade Gift Shop Demanding More Government Handouts! (And Other Absurdities)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Leader Curt Collier
Cheryl Gross presides
 

Our National Wildlife Refuges were created not only to protect wildlife, but to create spaces for all Americans to observe natural splendor.  Public lands were created before most western states even existed, and were set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of all, not just for a few.  It is more than ironic, then, that a group of "patriots" would occupy public lands supposedly to protect these lands from the government and make them available to the public?  Despite the comical nature of the act, is this aggression by domestic terrorists purely a misguided crusade or does it portend more sinister thinking.  What do these white men really want (or what are they trying to hide?)

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
Leaders' Office
Curt Collier, Leader Presides
 

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.

 
 
4:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
Explore chapters and selections from the works of famous environmental authors—Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, Aldo Leopold, Richard Louv, Wangari Maathai, John Muir, and Michael Pollan, among others. Read the selections together, and then discuss the important points the writers were striving to uphold. This is a great way to delve into classic environmental literature.