Event Calendar

January 2019

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (All day) Happy New Year! - Building Closed
Happy New Year! - Building Closed
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (All day)
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Great Literature Discussion Group: Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky 

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, January 3, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

Larry Krasner’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration” by Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 10/29/18, and "The First Step Act, prison reform and the deep roots of mass incarceration" by Rachel Leah, Salon, 12/4/18

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: The Manchurian Candidate
Ethics in Film: The Manchurian Candidate
Friday, January 4, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
This month's film: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

After Raymond (Laurence Harvey) returns from the Korean War as a decorated hero, the other members of his platoon can’t really remember what he did to win his medal. Two of the soldiers start having recurring nightmares, and one of them decides to investigate Raymond’s current activities. What dark and sinister secrets are being withheld by the Government and the Army?

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 6, 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 - Anne Klaeysen: Humanizing Criminal Justice
Sunday Platform - Anne Klaeysen: Humanizing Criminal Justice
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

In the U.S. Congress, the NY State Legislature, and in other state legislative bodies across the country, criminal justice reform packages are being seriously considered with the intent of righting past wrongs.

The priority focus of Brennan Center for Justice, a prominent voice in the reform movement, is to reduce mass incarceration while keeping down crime. Georgetown Law Professor Shon Hopwood decries a system that "sends people to prison as a first response instead of a last resort." We will examine recent calls for reform and their chances for success, as well as the role we can play to right past wrongs.

Presider: Monica Weiss

Shared Charity: The Fortune Society

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 1st Sunday for our Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club!

Through movement games, we'll wear MLK's "Garment of Destiny" to explore "the inescapable web of mutuality," playing with the direct and indirect effects of our actions.

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.

 
 
12:30 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 12:30pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
12:30 PM
School Cafeteria (6th Floor)
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 12:30pm
School Cafeteria (6th Floor)
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann, newcomer host Susan Needles, and other Society members to find out who we are and what we do while enjoying a delicious lunch! This is an opportunity to ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs, and membership. All are welcome! Please RSVP by calling ext. 1113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Social Justice Theater: The Castle by David Rothenberg
Social Justice Theater: The Castle by David Rothenberg
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

The Castle, written and directed by David Rothenberg, is a dramatic and inspirational tale of four formerly incarcerated New Yorkers' courageous paths to rebuilding their lives.

From the New York Times:

“The Castle” had its origins in 1967, when David Rothenberg, the show’s director, produced “Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” an Off Broadway play about a man’s experience in a youth detention center. He went on to establish the nonprofit Fortune Society, which seeks to improve prison conditions and help ex-convicts. The castle in the title is the society’s stately halfway house on the Upper West Side, for people newly out of the penal system.

Q&A with David follows!

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, January 7, 2019 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Medicine and Human Reproduction w/ Dr. Charles Debrovner
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Medicine and Human Reproduction w/ Dr. Charles Debrovner
Monday, January 7, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Monthly, 1st Monday.

What does one do when there’s no clearly defined ethical road to take? This program features speakers from a variety of backgrounds — medicine, law, business, science, education, the arts, social work, etc. — who share their experience and knowledge of ethical issues in those fields.

We’re honored to have member Chuck Debrovner launch this exciting, thought-provoking, new program. As one of the early providers of donor insemination, Chuck will lead a discussion about the ethical issues that arose along the way.

DR. CHARLES DEBROVNER is the former Chair of the Department of OB/GYN at the French and PolyClinic Hospitals in New York City, and was an Emeritus Senior Attending Physician at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital. Though retired from clinical practice, he remains a Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at NYU School of Medicine. He is currently Medical Coordinator for Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York State Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Fitting his expertise, Chuck is especially interested in ethical issues related to assisted reproductive technologies, abortion, female genital mutilation, and cloning, within the framework of human reproductive rights. He co-founded the Global Bioethics Initiative, an international, nonprofit organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 -
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.

We'll be discussing Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools By Pedro Noguera and Jean Wing (eds), a series of essays describing the experience in Berkley High School, a highly integrated school.

“Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.”

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Classical Music Club
Classical Music Club
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Monthly, 2nd Wednesdays!

Devotees of classical music are often intrigued by the nuances of different recordings of the same piece. Attendees are invited to bring more than one CD of the same musical composition -- under the baton of different conductors, virtuosos, or orchestras. We'll listen to them (or excerpts) and discuss our opinions about those differences. At this, our first meeting, we'll plan which selections will be heard in future months.

Jack Oisher, Moderator

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 10, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

The Tragedy of Mental Illness in American Prisons” by Tom Robbins, The Atlantic, 11/27/18

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, January 10, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Talley’s Folly
Ethics and the Theater: Talley’s Folly
Friday, January 11, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

Ethics and the Theater will present: Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson

Matt Friedman’s wooing seems doomed to failure. It’s 1944, and he’s pursuing Sally Talley, the daughter of one of the leading families of Lebanon, Missouri, whose other members aren’t eager to take a Jewish accountant into their fold. Will Matt’s schtick and stories convince Sally to share his life — and her secrets?

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
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, January 12, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild General Meeting

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: "Reality"
Colloquy: "Reality"
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 9:30am
Room 508

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!

Presider: Ellen McBride

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 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
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 2nd Sunday for our Ethical Expressions Workshop with Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours!

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.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Eric Etheridge w/ Joe Chuman: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders
Sunday Platform - Eric Etheridge w/ Joe Chuman: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Learn about the historic 1961 Mississippi Freedom Rides, how the mug shots of the 329 arrested Riders were made and survived, and how Eric Etheridge used them to locate Riders so many years later for his book, Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders. A new edition of the book — which contains the mug shots of all the Riders, as well as Eric’s contemporary portraits and short profiles of 99 of the original Riders — was released this year. Eric will discuss the motivations of the individual Riders in going to Mississippi.

Subsequent to the book’s publication, Etheridge’s Freedom Rider portraits and their mug shots were included in the exhibition, “The Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968,” at the High Museum in Atlanta in 2008, which traveled to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC; the Field Museum in Chicago; the Skirball in Los Angeles; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City.

In 2011, Etheridge co-founded the Mississippi Freedom 50th Foundation, which organized events in Jackson and across Mississippi to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rides.

ERIC ETHERIDGE started his career as a magazine editor, working at Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, 7 Days, and elsewhere. In 2009, he wrote a daily online column, The Opinionator, for the New York Times.

Presider: Hazel May

Shared Charity: This week’s shared charity, Brotherhood Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), provides comprehensive, holistic, and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two, focusing on such issues as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness. Bro/Sis provides 4-to-6-year rites of passage programming, after-school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training and employment, college preparation, community organizing training, and international study programs to Africa and Latin America. Though locally based, Bro/Sis has a national reach.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 508

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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing Workshop
The Joy of Personal Writing Workshop
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Room 508
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal NON-FICTION in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

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

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508

Every 1st and 4th Tuesday with moderator Ken Gans

Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings:

2018 Was the Best Year in History!

The Top Ten Risks for 2019 Suggest a Gathering Storm

Green New Deal Revisited

Warren and Her Party of Ideas

Ocean Temperatures Rising Faster As Are Fears

 
 
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, January 15, 2019 -
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.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 17, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

– Juvenile Justice: "How Does Education in the Juvenile-Justice System Measure Up? It Doesn't." by Hailly T.N. Korman and Lisa Pilnik, Education Week, 10/28/18; "Outraged By Kids in Cages? Look at Our Entire Juvenile Justice System" by Cara H. Drinan, HuffPost, 6/24/18; and "Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie" by Wendy Sawyer, Prison Policy Initiative, 2/27/18

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing Workshop
The Joy of Personal Writing Workshop
Thursday, January 17, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal non-fiction in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

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

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe: Sari Kessler & the John Wilmeth Trio
Jazz Cafe: Sari Kessler & the John Wilmeth Trio
Friday, January 18, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

“a vital new voice” – Christopher Loudon, Jazztimes

“Pull up a chair and enjoy this musical journey." – Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

“Sari Kessler is a very talented…jazz singer.” -Anne Alex, Bebop Spoken Here

With her debut album Do Right released in 2016, Sari Kessler has quickly become a singular force in jazz, praised by critics for her recorded material and live performances alike. All About Jazz proclaimed her “a first-rate interpreter, (able) to tap into the marrow of a lyric and bring its essence to the foreground.” JazzTimes named her a “vital new voice,” stating, “Kessler maintains a welcome less-is-more approach that emphasizes the purity of her tone, with its enticing hint of duskiness, and the immaculate quality of her phrasing.”

Do Right has been getting great reviews and significant radio play all over the country and around the world, including the Jonathan Schwartz show and WBGO! A compelling storyteller and tasteful improviser, Sari exudes warmth and a joyful spirit both on and off the stage. She says, “I know my stories and I know myself. Being an effective jazz singer means finding myself in the lyric and investing each word with meaning.”

Sari has appeared at such leading venues and festivals as The Blue Note, Jazz at Kitano, Cornelia Street Café, Minton’s, 55 Bar, Jazz on the Plaza, Shelter Island Jazzfest, and LI Winterfest. She has shared the stage with the legendary talents of Houston Person, Gene Bertoncini, Phoebe Snow, and many others.

Join Sari on an exciting musical journey of jazz, soul, and originals as she celebrates her debut at the Jazz Café at Ethical. See www.sarikessler.com for more information.

Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!

The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics). 

 
 
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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.

***

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.

 
 
Monday, January 21, 2019 (All day) Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Building Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Building Closed
Monday, January 21, 2019 (All day)
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann

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
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Room 508

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. 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 24, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

America’s Other Family-Separation Crisis” by Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker, 11/5/18

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, January 24, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: Criminal Justice Reform w/ State Senator Brian Benjamin
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: Criminal Justice Reform w/ State Senator Brian Benjamin
Friday, January 25, 2019 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Senator Benjamin represents New York's District 30, covering the Upper West Side, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights, East Harlem (the Barrio), and Harlem. Senator Benjamin was born in Harlem, the son of Caribbean immigrants. He attended school in New York City, undergraduate school at Brown University, and went on to earn his MBA at Harvard.

To RSVP, please contact LWV manager Emily: ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or 212-725-3541

Join us for Lunch with The League of Women Voters, featuring a buffet lunch (12pm-1pm) followed by a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike, and usually includes a Q&A.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Happy Hour for Humanity
Happy Hour for Humanity
Friday, January 25, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 4th Friday!

Many of us are Millennials and Gen-Xers working full-time jobs, many are starting and caring for families, and we're living in what seems to be a state of survival trying to make it here in the tri-state area--but we're not alone! Although we lead busy lives, we know it's important to engage with others in our community to support, motivate, and challenge each other to be our best ethical selves.

Once a month, let’s unite and make some time to meet over refreshments to discuss current ethical issues around the globe as well as ones we're facing locally. Through current events, short articles, TED Talks, and personal narratives, let’s break out of our daily routines to make a toast to humanity together.

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 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 Platform - Calvin Chatlos: You Are All Created to Have a Spiritual Existence
Sunday Platform - Calvin Chatlos: You Are All Created to Have a Spiritual Existence
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Felix Adler had it right—worth and dignity is the key to happiness and the key to spiritual experience. Learn how the Human Faith Project has developed a process for you to open to spiritual experience. Learn how we are all “hard-wired” for spiritual experience and how evolution made it happen! Aftwards, participate in an introductory workshop with Calvin at 1:30.

Calvin Chatlos serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at Rutgers University, NJ in Addiction Services. He's been a member of Ethical Culture since 1972, a previous Board member of NYSEC, a graduate and mentor of the Humanist Institute, and is developer of the Human Faith Project – an exploration of the spiritual experience that may be universal to all religious traditions. He represents Humanism on the Board of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought in New Jersey.

Presider: Larry Hurst

Shared Charity: MOSAIC-Mobilizing Our Students for Action to build Interfaith Community

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Animating Justice with Mercy
Young Ethical Explorers: Animating Justice with Mercy
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week, we're joined by guest leader Amy Reid!

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 27, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Workshop: The Human Faith Project w/ Calvin Chatlos
Workshop: The Human Faith Project w/ Calvin Chatlos
Sunday, January 27, 2019 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

An introductory workshop for the Human Faith Project (HFP)!

This experiential workshop will be for those people that want to explore more about the HFP and consider participation in an Intensive Workshop where you will explore “faith” and “spirituality” in depth from a personal and non-theistic perspective. This Introductory Workshop will demonstrate some of the process involved in the HFP to have you see the unique personal opportunity this is for transforming your life experience. It works best if participants come ready to share personally about their religious/spiritual and life experiences.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Love and Other Drugs
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Love and Other Drugs
Monday, January 28, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: Love and Other Drugs

Imagine if there really was a "Love Potion Number 9", or a breakup pill to ameliorate the pain of being dumped. Would you take it? Should you? If so, under what circumstances? And for how long? We’re already medicalizing sexual desire with Viagra and, more recently, the female version Flibanserin – which might help with physical issues, but are they just bandaid solutions for relationship problems? After all, drugs can’t solve moral problems in living. At this Philosophy Cafe, we'll be talking about the medicalization of love and the ethics of biochemical antidotes and stimulants.

Suggested reading: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129564-700-cure-for-love-should...

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/SkyeandMassimophilosophycafe

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science - Hierarchy and Power: Cooperation Between the Advantaged and Disadvantaged w/ Dr. L. Taylor Phillips
Speaking of Science - Hierarchy and Power: Cooperation Between the Advantaged and Disadvantaged w/ Dr. L. Taylor Phillips
Monday, January 28, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Dr. L. Taylor Phillips (NYU Stern School of Business) focuses on engaging traditionally privileged groups in diversity efforts, and identifying methods to increase cooperation beween the advantaged and the disadvantaged. She also explores the role advantaging processes play in determining employee and organizational outcomes.

Dr. Phillips' work has been covered by a variety of media outlets, incluing NPR and Stanford GSB Insights. She has published research in leading management and psychology journals, incluing the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Research in Organizational Behavior. Dr. Phillips holds a B.A. in Psychology and Human Biology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

 
 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
350NYC Film & Discussion - Paris to Pittsburgh
350NYC Film & Discussion - Paris to Pittsburgh
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Doors at 6:30

Spotlighting the cities, states, businesses and citizens taking action, Paris to Pittsburgh explores the very real social and economic impacts of climate change-fueled disasters, from America’s heartland to the nation’s coastlines. The film features voices from local leaders as well as everyday Americans presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including boomtowns formerly reliant on coal such as Pittsburgh. Other locations featured in the film include Puerto Rico, California, Iowa, Florida and New Jersey. Paris to Pittsburgh is a production of RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies, distributed by National Geographic.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 31, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

"Restorative Justice: Healing Victims and Reducing Crime" by Jane C. Murphy, The Baltimore Sun, 1/24/18; "Restorative Justice Is on the Rise" by Molly Rowan Leach, HuffPost, 7/23/13; and "Restorative justice done right is good for kids" by Melissa Dorcemus, Daily News, 2/1/18

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Our Children's Trust: Climate Change and The Courts
Our Children's Trust: Climate Change and The Courts
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

Come out for an informative evening with the people behind Juliana v. United States, the youth constitutional climate lawsuit against the federal government. You'll learn about the background of the case from Chief Legal Counsel Julia Olson, and hear from some of the 21 youth plaintiffs about why they're leading this historic push for a national Climate Recovery Plan.

This event will be hosted in partnership with a number of local and national environmental groups to highlight the potential for collaboration between litigation and legislation in the climate movement. Partners include the New York Society for Ethical Culture and 350 NYC.

Doors open at 6pm!

RSVP on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/288574651731274/