Event Calendar

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Should we try to make a deal for DACA?
Colloquy: Should we try to make a deal for DACA?
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508

Topic: Should we try to make a deal for DACA?

Let us consider whether we should try to trade with Trump and the Republican members of Congress to get guaranteed permanent approval of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in exchange for appropriation of, say, a billion dollars for increased border patrols, and R&D of modern electronic border surveillance systems.

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!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 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 - Joe Chuman: Tragedy and the Triumph of the Human Spirit
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Tragedy and the Triumph of the Human Spirit
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We all wear social masks. In public we always want to present our best selves. This is perfectly understandable and probably necessary for society to function. But peer beneath the surface and one encounters a very different picture of the human condition.

My nearly half-century as a Ethical leader has given me a privileged view into the realities that lie behind the personalities we present to the outer world. Few and fortunate are the families that go unbeset by great tragedy - children with severe mental illnesses, the struggle with chronic diseases, addictions of many types, criminality - not passing discomforts, but deep-rooted challenges that claim continual attention, and even serve to define one's life. Life for many, most, is not a bed of roses. "I believe in the tragic view of life," declared Ethical Culture's founder, Felix Adler, and I understand what he meant. Humanist that I am, I do not believe in a sunny view of the human condition. If warranted, then where do we find the greatness of the human spirit? What can we find in our fellow human beings that inspires? I believe that if their triumph there be in life, it come most of all not from prevailing over those conditions that we confront. After al,l we all enter the dark night in the end and nature will have the last word. Rather, the greatness of the human spirit, I believe, lies in the sheer persistence, in the doggedness, in the refusal to accede to those forces threatening to do us in. It lies in the unyielding commitment to seek something better and to affirm life no matter what life throws at us, no matter how great the challenges we are forced to endure.

Presider: Henryka Komanska

 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

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 10, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Write for Rights w/ Amnesty International
Write for Rights w/ Amnesty International
Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

On Human Rights Day, December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will send letters and sign online petitions related to human rights as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights event. These messages help convince government officials in many corners of the world to release “prisoners of conscience” — people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, and to support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.

Our Ethical Action Committee is partnering with Amnesty International this year. From among their thousands of cases, Amnesty International will identify 10 urgent cases where global activism can make a big impact. They will provide the information on each case, along with a prewritten letter.

Letter-writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International’s human rights campaigning. The organization can point to prisoners who’ve been freed and crimes that have been acknowledged due to pressure from Amnesty supporters. Anyone taking part in the Ethical NYC event would be joining people in an estimated 200 countries that participate in this annual event. The more people that participate in Write for Rights, the greater the influence on government officials.

Human Rights Day commemorates the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected, and it has since been translated into more than 500 languages.

You can choose to just sign the letter and address the envelope, or, with the supplied information, to hand-write a personal letter. Amnesty International’s goal is to surpass four million actions and make a difference in the lives of all 10 cases. Take just a few minutes from your day to lend a hand.

 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
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.