Event Calendar

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 9:30am
Room 508

Cheryl Gross Presides.

Celebrate the start of 2019 with poems you’ve always appreciated.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 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 - Andrew Flescher: Would Offering a Price Tag on Bodily Organs Help to Alleviate the Organ Shortage Crisis?
Sunday Platform - Andrew Flescher: Would Offering a Price Tag on Bodily Organs Help to Alleviate the Organ Shortage Crisis?
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

In the United States, there are 100,000 individuals needing a healthy kidney. The shortage is especially disconcerting given that since organ transplantation became sound medical treatment, we have never had better technology—while so little occasion—to avail ourselves of it. In response to the crisis it has become increasingly popular to furnish compelling arguments for legalizing the sale of kidneys. This response, seemingly appealing from the perspective of utility, not only invites ethical concerns about safety, commodification, and social justice; Andrew M. Flescher also argues it fails to increase the number of informed, willing donors.

Can we address the organ shortage problem the way we have historically dealt with the blood supply shortage---altruistically---despite that organs are considerably harder to replenish than blood? I argue “yes,” not by recommending a purist’s approach to disallowing any form of self-regard in selfless motivation, but by exploring ways in which sacrificial giving is the upshot of the formation of social bonds and exchanges.

Andrew M. Flescher, Ph.D., is a Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine and Professor of English at State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he is also core faculty in the Program in Public Health. Dr. Flescher serves on stony Brook’s Organ Donor Council and Hospital Ethics Committee and is a Living Donor Advocate at Stony Brook Hospital. Dr. Flescher specializes in health care policy, organ donation policy, and medical and bioethics, as well as in areas related to the interface between ethics and literature. Dr. Flescher received his B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and History from Duke University (1991) and his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in Religious Studies from Brown University. In addition to writing several articles and book chapters, he is the author of four books: Heroes, Saints, and Ordinary Morality (2003), The Altruistic Species: (2007, winner of the Choice Award), Moral Evil (2013, winner of the Prose Award), and most recently The Organ Shortage Crisis in America (January, 2018). On July 1st, 2017, Dr. Flescher joined the ethics committee of UNOS (The United Network for Organ Sharing) and he has also recently been appointed to LiveOnNY’s ethics committee. Additionally, Dr. Flescher is on the Board of the Gingold Theatrical Group in New York City, dedicated to fighting for human, women’s and animal rights through presenting the work and wit of George Bernard Shaw. He plays piano occasionally in the Stony Brook Hospital Lobby for patients, their families, and staff.

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

Shared Charity: The Gingold Theatrical Group

 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Hand-in-Hand with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Young Ethical Explorers: Hand-in-Hand with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week, we'll be discussing the idea of a boycott as an ethical deed!

This month's theme: Justice January

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Inviting all NYC open-minded and humanist families! Newcomers are most welcome. Suggested donation for participation is a voluntary contribution for visitors and free for Ethical NYC members. Participate freely on a trial basis for a few visits as you consider the potential commitment of becoming an Ethical Member-Family! 

Monthly Schedule (subject to change):

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, January 20, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: Zero Percent
Film & Discussion: Zero Percent
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Take a step inside the most notorious prison in the world, the infamous Sing Sing, to discover a group of convicted criminals who are doing something to defy the statistics that face them at every turn.

The national rate at which men and women return to prison in the three years following their release hovers around 60%. That means roughly 3 in 5 of the men or women who leave prison will be back.

ZERO PERCENT is the story of the men of Hudson Link, an organization created by the inmates themselves that provides a full college degree through local universities. The results are so stunning, they have to be seen to be believed.

As famed author Victor Hugo once said, "He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

Become part of the solution. A portion of all sales from ZERO PERCENT go to Hudson Link to help them continue to educate more and more men in Sing Sing and beyond. Right now, Hudson Link is only in 5 out of 54 facilities in the state of New York.

For more information about Hudson Link, visit their website at www.hudsonlink.org.