Event Calendar

September 2017

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 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 - Deborah Wallace: “Digging Deep: Telling the Truth About America’s Coal Companies”
Sunday Meeting - Deborah Wallace: “Digging Deep: Telling the Truth About America’s Coal Companies”
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Deborah will discuss the ways that bad corporate actors divide and conquer across the spectrum of social justice by pitting groups whose aims would ordinarily be in alignment against each other. Specifically, we’ll look at the Appalachian region, which because of its relative isolation provides a particularly clear portrait of this problem.

We’ll then look at ways that media makers can engage and contextualize emerging narratives in an ethical, responsible manner while giving a platform to the unheard and perspective to the unversed.

We live in an age where the proliferation of counter-factual news, requires that new and trustworthy sources of information be created. But is it not equally critical to create work that synthesizes that information meaningfully and accurately in narrative form? Films and other forms of storytelling are among the best tools we have to inform and unite advocacy organizations focused on issues of social justice and to combat the campaigns of disinformation that bad actors employ.

Deborah is an Emmy-nominated Producer and Director working in both film and theatre. As Co-Artistic Director of the multi award-winning International WOW Company she collaborated on the production of more than 20 works for the stage and screen including the Academy Award nominated, Emmy winning documentary film, Gasland. Deborah produced its sequel Gasland, Part II for HBO, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and went on to win the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary, Cinema Eye Honors Hell Yeah! Award and Wild & Scenic Film festival’s Best of Festival. In addition, Wallace produced the short films The Sky is Pink, Divest, Gaswork, and Occupy Sandy. She recently completed Blood on the Mountain, a feature detailing the struggle for labor rights in the coalmines of West Virginia, which was the recipient of several festival awards and was released by Netflix in May, 2017. Wallace’s original work for the theater has been presented by HERE Arts, The Ohio Theater, Ars Nova, New Dance Group and the Incubator Arts Project. Currently, she is working on the documentary features American Psyche an investigation of the Trump phenomena, Brave Girls, a film chronicling the struggle of young Muslim women seeking an education in India and the documentary series The Day Will Come, a history of the early leaders of Britain’s Labour party.

Shared charity: Poverty Initiative/Kairos Center

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Film & Discussion: Blood on The Mountain
Film & Discussion: Blood on The Mountain
Sunday, September 3, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

BLOOD ON THE MOUNTAIN is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. This new feature documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land. Blood on the Mountain delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them.

Discussion will be led by Blood on The Mountain's producer, and Sunday's platform speaker, Deborah Wallace.

Deborah Wallace is an Emmy-nominated Producer and Director working in both film and theatre. As Co-Artistic Director of the multi award-winning International WOW Company she collaborated on the production of more than 20 works for the stage and screen including the Academy Award nominated, Emmy winning documentary film, Gasland. Deborah produced its sequel Gasland, Part II for HBO, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and went on to win the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary, Cinema Eye Honors Hell Yeah! Award and Wild & Scenic Film festival’s Best of Festival. In addition, Wallace produced the short films The Sky is Pink, Divest, Gaswork, and Occupy Sandy. She recently completed Blood on the Mountain, a feature detailing the struggle for labor rights in the coalmines of West Virginia, which was the recipient of several festival awards and was released by Netflix in May, 2017. Wallace’s original work for the theater has been presented by HERE Arts, The Ohio Theater, Ars Nova, New Dance Group and the Incubator Arts Project. Currently, she is working on the documentary features American Psyche an investigation of the Trump phenomena, Brave Girls, a film chronicling the struggle of young Muslim women seeking an education in India and the documentary series The Day Will Come, a history of the early leaders of Britain’s Labour party.

 
 
Monday, September 4, 2017 (All day) Labor Day - Building Closed
Labor Day - Building Closed
Monday, September 4, 2017 (All day)

Closed for Labor Day.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 8/16/17

"Finding a Way to Roll Back Fanaticism"
by D. Brooks
The New York Times, 8/15/17

"States Dare to Think Big on Climate"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 8/28/17

"From Kabul to Baghdad, My Bird's Eye View"
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 8/23/17

"Can Ghandi Still Guide India?"
by G. Ghandi
The New York Times, 8/16/17

"Kenya to Enforce Its Ban on Selling Plastic Bags"
by K. de Freytas-Tamura
The New York Times, 8/29/17

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic: Where does "purpose" come from?

Notice: This has been rescheduled from 9/20. The regular Cafe schedule will resume next month.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group
Great Literature Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: DOM CASMURRO by Machado de Assis                

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, September 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "The quitting economy" by Ilana Gershon, Aeon, 7/26/17
 

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.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, September 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Living With Pain the Alternative Way
with Joan Griffith-Vega, MA, MFA

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: People of the Book
Ethics and the Theater: People of the Book
Friday, September 8, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)

Ethics and the Theater will present People of the Book by Adam Kraar.

David and Laura couldn’t be more different. He has memorized entire Shakespeare plays. She has memorized the New Testament. He’s a skeptic and a cynic. She is sweetly optimistic about human goodness and God’s love. But in the nursing home where age and infirmity have brought them, they find comfort in each other’s company and common struggle against the dying of the light.

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.

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, September 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild
General Meeting
Social Hall

1 - 4 pm

 

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

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508

Topic: "Art is not a luxury, but a necessity." -Hillary Clinton
Bernete Rudolph facilitates.

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!

For more information, please speak to member Bob Berger.

 
 
10:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Family Open House
Ethics for Children: Family Open House
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join our Ethics for Children & Teens Info Session, featuring a welcome circle and ethical themed activity.

The registration process and Ethical membership options will be discussed, and a bagel breakfast provided!

Full Ethics for Children program at 11am. 

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 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.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Russell Neufeld: “The Federal Death Penalty in the Age of Trump”
Sunday Meeting - Russell Neufeld: “The Federal Death Penalty in the Age of Trump”
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The takeover of the Department of Justice by Jeff Sessions has had an enormous impact on the politicizing of the criminal justice system ~ none more seriously than in policies affecting the death penalty.

Russell Neufeld graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1982. He spent the next 22 years at The Legal Aid Society. He created and led the Capital Division of The Legal Aid Society from 1995 - 2002. He was co-counsel in New York State's first death penalty trial in the modem era and was co-counsel in the first full acquittal verdict in Kings County under the then new first degree murder statute. He was the Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Division and Criminal Practice at the Legal Aid Society from 2002 - 2004.. He taught in the BLS criminal clinic and legal writing programs. Mr. Neufeld taught a course on the death penalty at New York Law School from 1996 - 2002. He has published numerous articles on capital punishment and human rights. While at The Legal Aid Society, he started and coordinated the Alabama Death Row Project which handled capital post-conviction cases. In2004 he went into private practice, initially associated with the firm of Cochran, Neufeld & Scheck. Since 2000 he has represented capital clients in federal district courts, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.. He is a board member of Witness To Innocense - the national organization of death row exonerees.

Shared charity: Witness to Innocence, Philadelphia, PA

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, September 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, September 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. 

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, September 11, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join me and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion. Topic: The role of ethics of Epictetus.

 
 
6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance: Planning for NYC Storms
Grassroots Alliance: Planning for NYC Storms
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Social Hall

Join us for a presentation about the increasing threat of NYC storms and the need to be ready. If, at the National weather Service predicts, we are hit with a bad storm season this fall, are you prepared? Find out what to do in your community and home.

Learn more at : www.meetup.com/NYC-Grassroots-Alliance/events/242628811

Grassroots Alliance is a coalition of environmental groups focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels, especially fracked shale gas, with wind, water and solar power. Events range from screenings to panel discussions to rallies and art builds. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

 
 
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 12, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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/wanuri_kahiu_fun_fierce_and_fantastical_african_art

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

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

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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, September 14, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Neighborhood Watched" by Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 6/26/17
 

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.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Elections Under Attack: Saving Our Democracy
Elections Under Attack: Saving Our Democracy
Thursday, September 14, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Presented by the Ethical NYC and the League of Women Voters.

Click here to register: https://electionsunderattack.eventbrite.com

Ethical NYC and League of Women Voters members: $10
Public $15.

Speakers:

Christopher Famighetti, Policy and Research Analyst with the Democracy Program at The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. Famighetti’s work has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post and NPR; his commentary has appeared in Wired, Slate and the Atlantic.

Nasir Memon, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon. His research focuses on digital forensics, biometrics, data compression, network security and security and human behavior.

The evening’s presentation will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 5, and followed by a Q&A.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Thursday, September 14, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Forgiveness lies at the heart of loving relationships. We all harm, and are harmed by, others. There's no escaping this human condition. The better we understand the process of forgiveness, the better we are able to repair broken connections. Forgiveness must also take place at institutional and political levels for the health of our communities.

This 6-session course will explore the process of forgiveness in both the personal and public spheres.

Syllabus and readings available from Maggie Determann.

Free to members, $5 donation per session for guests

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Marion Cowings & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
The Music Café at Ethical: Marion Cowings & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, September 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

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. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.

This month’s featured performer is Marion Cowings, whose smooth baritone and impressive range have been delighting audiences in NYC and abroad for years. You may have caught him at the Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Lincoln Center or “Lyrics and Lyricists” at the 92nd St. Y. Or it could have been in the shows "Forever Swing” and “Bebop,” or "Queenie Pie,” in which he played the lead.

He’ll be joined by the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio: John Wilmeth on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Dave Meade on drums.

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Welcome back! Bring poems to share.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 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 - Joe Chuman: Ethical Culture Beyond Belief and Humanism's Farther Reaches
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Ethical Culture Beyond Belief and Humanism's Farther Reaches
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

As thinking beings there is a natural and inevitable tendency for us humans to articulate our experiences in the form of beliefs, ideas and principles. But life and experience range far more broadly and deeply than beliefs alone.

Humanism is now expressed through a growing cluster of organizations, atheist, secularist, rationalist, etc. that are centered around definable concepts and beliefs. In many cases these beliefs coalesce in opposition to religion, which is put forward as religion's foil.

But, it is  my contention that humanism is not equatable with such beliefs. Rather, humanism is an orientation, a sensibility, a feeling toward life that is far more subtle and comprehensive than concepts such as rationalism, secularism or atheism, which are mainstays of the humanist canon. Humanism, rather, involves a sensitivity for the distinctly human dimension as it is expressed in culture - art, music literature - and in religion as well. But most of all, humanism, so evinced, is found in the deepest recesses of human character and behavior that flows from it.

Shared charity: Bergen County Sanctuary Committee

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: International Peace Day Celebration
Ethics for Children: International Peace Day Celebration
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

International Peace Day celebration.
Focus: Becoming ambassadors for peace.

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
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 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
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch: Moving New York Off Fossil Fuels
Food & Water Watch: Moving New York Off Fossil Fuels
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Speaker: Sandra Steingraber

Information & RSVP: eweltman@fwwatch.org; 347-778-2743

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
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, September 19, 2017 -
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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool to help us relax, be more focused, and overall feel better. Practiced for thousands of years in the East, it is scientifically proven to work on the brain in a positive way. For someone who follows the beliefs of Buddhism, it is an essential part of the Buddhist belief system. But for most of us, meditation can be a way to better know ourselves. Everybody can meditate. It gives us pause and a moment to sit, relax, and focus on the breath.

6 sessions
(September 20 - October 25)

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 21, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Paradise Possible" by Michael J. Lewis, First Things, August 2017
 

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.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Pelvic Floor/Bladder Control
with Bill Gallagher, PT, CMT, CYT of the East West Rehab Institute

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: Jesse Cook
Concert: Jesse Cook
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Metro Presents: http://www.metropolitanpresents.com/concert-hall-nysec/

 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 24, 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 - Malachy McCourt: "The Spirituality of Atheism"
Sunday Meeting - Malachy McCourt: "The Spirituality of Atheism"
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Malachy will share his experience of growing up in Ireland, including being terrorized by Catholic clergy about sin and hell. As an adult, he no longer subscribes to any organized religion and will describe how liberated his life has become with no deities, gods, or all-powerful beings.

MALACHY McCOURT was born in Brooklyn, the son of Irish parents. When he was a toddler, his family moved back to Ireland and settled in Limerick, where Malachy was raised. At age 21 in 1952 he returned to live in NYC. Through the years he has been a saloon-keeper, a radio host and even a candidate for NYS governor in 2006. He is best known as an actor, having appeared on stage and television and in several movies. He has also authored 10 books. Malachy is the last survivor of seven children.

Shared charity: Job Path NYC supports people with developmental disabilities as they make choices about their lives and play valued roles in their communities. Job Path encourages people to explore what they want out of life and to chart their own journeys. Whether it’s finding a job, contributing as a volunteer, establishing a home, or joining a community group, the goal is to assist people to lead full and active lives.

(Photo credit: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/malachy-mccourt-death-not-fatal-refl...)

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: "Story-Play"
Ethics for Children: "Story-Play"
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

"Story-Play"
Guest-teacher Deepali Srivastava, founder of Writefully Ours, will guide children to think and write about story-based ethical dilemmas, supporting Young Ethical Explorers to convey their ideas on paper and then transform them for presentation. The goal is to grow a young community whose expression, prose, and poetry will take on vital social and environmental issues.

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
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the 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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science - Language and Being Human: Foundations of Human Communication in Infancy
Speaking of Science - Language and Being Human: Foundations of Human Communication in Infancy
Monday, September 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

with Dr. Athena Vouloumanos, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, New York University.

Perceptual biases for listening to speech are a hallmark of early human development, evident just hours after birth. How do these early proclivities develop and how do they contribute to human communicative development? I will draw from behavioral and neural data to discuss how infants come to recognize properties of speech that are relevant to its use for intentional communication by humans. Before preverbal infants produce or understand many words, they recognize how speech is used by others to communicate about different types of entities in the world. This early communicative competence may provide infants with a channel for learning from others and lay a foundation for our social and cultural life as humans.

 
 
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 26, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

The New York Times, 9/13/17

"The China Puzzle"
The New York Times, 9/17/17

"Trump's Folly"
The New York Times, 9/13/17

"Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins"
The New York Times, 9/19/17

"In Turkey, Darwin is Crowded Out by Religion"
The New York Times, 9/19/17

"A Moment of Reckoning for a Soaring Solar Industry"
Time Magazine, 9/25/17

 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rob Hofman

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool to help us relax, be more focused, and overall feel better. Practiced for thousands of years in the East, it is scientifically proven to work on the brain in a positive way. For someone who follows the beliefs of Buddhism, it is an essential part of the Buddhist belief system. But for most of us, meditation can be a way to better know ourselves. Everybody can meditate. It gives us pause and a moment to sit, relax, and focus on the breath.

6 sessions
(September 20 - October 25)

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
Protest and The Free Press in America Under Trump - Panel & #J20 Fundraiser
Protest and The Free Press in America Under Trump - Panel & #J20 Fundraiser
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

(Doors open 6:00 – reception w/ beer, wine)

Free - $10 suggested donation.
Larger donations encouraged. All proceeds go toward J20 legal defense.

RSVP: https://pressprotestandtrump.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by The New York Society for Ethical CultureThe Nation and The Baffler

Since Trump has taken the stage, the United States has been engulfed in protest and dissent, as well as a crackdown from the Trump administration and local government forces. From #NoDAPL at Standing Rock to the #J20 inauguration protests in Washington, journalists face threats for doing their jobs, and protesters face legal sanction for criticizing authority. This panel tackles the future of dissent in America.

Moderator:

Sarah Leonard, Senior Editor, The Nation. Contributing editor at Dissent and The New Inquiry

Panelists:

Jenni Monet, freelance journalist (jennimonet.com) arrested covering NoDAPL

Murtaza Hussain, journalist at The Intercept 

Sam Menefee-Libey, DC Legal Posse, supporting #J20 defendants

Jack Smith, IV, Senior Writer, Mic, arrested covering NoDAPL

Khader El-Yateem, Lutheran Pastor and Bay Ridge community organizer

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color" by Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic, 7/27/17

"Black stories matter: on the whiteness of children's books" by Andrea Adomako, Aeon, 7/26/17

 

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.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
Dr. Haider Warraich: A Doctor's Perspective on Aid in Dying
Dr. Haider Warraich: A Doctor's Perspective on Aid in Dying
Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

End of Life Choices NY and the New York Society for Ethical Culture Invite you to the third annual Barbara Swartz End of Life Choices Lecture!

Register now!

This presentation will discuss changes in end of life options and care, focusing on the role of medical aid in dying and Dr. Warraich’s reasons for supporting it.

The End of Life Choices New York Annual Barbara Swartz Lecture presented by Dr. Haider Warraich will explore both physician support and opposition to medical aid in dying. Dr. Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying following others like Dr. Sherwin Nuland and Atul Gawande. Dr. Warraich’s debut book, Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life, explores the rituals and language of dying that have developed in the last century, and how modern technology has not only changed the hows, whens, and wheres of death, but the what of death.

Questions and Answers will follow the presentation Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register by September 25th online at http://bit.ly/2vBd1XU or by email at events@endoflifechoicesny.org. For any questions call 914-410-0528.

Dr. Haider Warraich is a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center and the author of Modern Death – How Medicine Changed the End of Life (St Martin’s). He is a regular Op Ed contributor for the New York Times, as well as the Atlantic, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and LA Times and has also contributed to academic publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet and Circulation. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, PBS, and on NPR shows like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Diane Rehm Show, The World, Marketplace and the BBC World Service.

For more information visit endoflifechoicesny.org

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Forgiveness lies at the heart of loving relationships. We all harm, and are harmed by, others. There's no escaping this human condition. The better we understand the process of forgiveness, the better we are able to repair broken connections. Forgiveness must also take place at institutional and political levels for the health of our communities.

This 6-session course will explore the process of forgiveness in both the personal and public spheres.

Syllabus and readings available from Maggie Determann.

Free to members, $5 donation per session for guests