Event Calendar

April 2019

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, April 1, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic: TBA

Some of the ancient Stoics were vegetarians, but not all. Does Stoic philosophy entail vegetarianism, regardless of what individual Stoics may think or do?

More info: https://www.meetup.com/Stoic-School-of-Life/ and https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library (507)
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In:
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In:
Monday, April 1, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library (507)

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. Monthly, 1st Monday. Monthly, 1st Monday.

Topic and speaker TBA!

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 3rd 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 TBA
 
 
 
 
6:30 PM
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Moderator: Dr. Richard Koral, Leader

Through readings, self-reflection and the sharing of relevant experiences, we will explore the meaning of the volunteer work that we do as it relates to our personal life journeys. It will be expected that each participant will engage in an ongoing volunteer project that provides some kind of service to the disadvantaged.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

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, April 4, 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:

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Idiocracy
Ethics in Film: Idiocracy
Friday, April 5, 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.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Social Hall
Black is The Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine w/ Author Emily Bernard
Black is The Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine w/ Author Emily Bernard
Saturday, April 6, 2019 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Social Hall

"Blackness at its borders, where it meets whiteness in fear and hope, in anguish and love."

Hear Dr. Emily Bernard speak about her new, unflinchingly honest book, Black is The Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine.

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ("A major contribution," Henry Louis Gates; "Magnificent," Washington Post).

"I am black--and brown, too," writes Emily Bernard. "Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell."

And the storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into a coffee shop and, along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife ("I remember making the decision not to let the oddness of this stranger bother me"). "I was not stabbed because I was black," she writes (the attacker was white), "but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. There was no connection between us, yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness."

Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her ("The equation of writing and regeneration is fundamental to black American experience").

She writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it. "Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book."

And what most interests Bernard is looking at "blackness at its borders, where it meets whiteness in fear and hope, in anguish and love."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Bernard was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B. A. and Ph. D. in American Studies from Yale University. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Boston Globe Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Green Mountains Review, Oxtford American, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and The Atlantic. Her essays have been reprinted in Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has received fellowships and grants from Yale University, Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Studio Center, and The MacDowell Colony. A contributing editor at The American Scholar, Emily is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She lives in South Burlington with her husband John, twin daughters Isabella & Giulia, Sammy the dog, a gentle giant, and Willie & Tom, two very interesting cats.

Visit her website at https://www.emilybernard.com/

Co-sponsored by the New York Society for Ethical Culture and the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County.

 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 7, 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Speaker:

Presider:

Shared Charity:

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

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

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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, April 7, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd Tuesday with Leader Anne Klaeysen and 4th Tuesday with Leadership 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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, April 9, 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, April 10, 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.

Jack Oisher, Moderator

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 11, 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:

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, April 11, 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.

 
 
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Auditorium
American Indian Community House - Urban NDNS: A Celebration of Native American Music, Arts, and Culture
American Indian Community House - Urban NDNS: A Celebration of Native American Music, Arts, and Culture
Thursday, April 11, 2019 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Auditorium

Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America Arts Festival Presents:

“Urban NDNS” A celebration of Native American music, arts, and culture

Tickets: https://aich.org/calendar-events/american-indian-community-house-present...

New York City is home to the largest populations of inter-tribal Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous individuals out of any urban city across Turtle Island (the United States). Some of us born here with family roots in New York and the areas surrounding Nations that go back for generations. Others of us coming to NYC to find what we couldn’t find anywhere else. Each one contributing to the rich and diverse culture that is the NYC “Urban NDNS” community. This is our story, and our song. This is our celebration.

Please join us as part of the NYC American Indian Community House 50th Anniversary celebration year!

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan
Ethics and the Theater: Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan
Friday, April 12, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

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.

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert - Dave Davies
Concert - Dave Davies
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Auditorium
 
 
1:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm
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
Colloquy
Sunday, April 14, 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:

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 14, 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

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

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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
Sunday Platform
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Speaker:

Presider:

Shared Charity:

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, April 14, 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, April 14, 2019 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Monday, April 15, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

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: TBA

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

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 3rd 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 TBA
 
 
 
 
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, April 16, 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 issues 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, April 18, 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:

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe
Jazz Cafe
Friday, April 19, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

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!

Headliner TBA!

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, April 21, 2019 - 9:30am
Room 508

Cheryl Gross Presides.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 21, 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Speaker:

Presider:

Shared Charity:

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers
Young Ethical Explorers
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: TBA

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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, April 21, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion
Film & Discussion
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Our monthly social justice documentary and discussion series, every 3rd Sunday! Presented by the Ethical Action Committee.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science: The Case for Conservation w/ Chris Ang
Speaking of Science: The Case for Conservation w/ Chris Ang
Monday, April 22, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Speaker: Chris Ang, nature, wildlife and conservation photographer

This photo essay and talk presents nature and wildlife as it should be — spectacular and free — un-rearranged by men. Chris, who is passionate about nature conservation, believes that animals, like children, are defenseless and can be easily exploited and even abused. While most humans have a natural affinity with children, that may not be the case with animals, especially those that have not been domesticated. Over the past 50 years, global wildlife populations have decreased by 60% in a period of “species annihilation.”The creatures we share this earth with are decreasing while we are increasing and encroaching into their habitats, breeding grounds, and food sources. Chris uses his photos “to increase awareness and empathy towards nature and its species, and to reveal their majesty.”

Christopher Ang is an award-winning, New York-based nature conservation photographer whose work reflects his travels to dozens of wildlife preserves and national parks around the world. Most recently his work was exhibited at the Soho Photo Gallery. His website is https://www.chrisangphoto.com.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd Tuesday with Leader Anne Klaeysen and 4th Tuesday with Leadership 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, April 24, 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. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 25, 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:

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, April 25, 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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Happy Hour for Humanity
Happy Hour for Humanity
Friday, April 26, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Every 4th Friday!

Many of us are young professionals working full-time jobs, some are starting and caring for families, and we're all 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. By sharing current events, short articles, videos, and personal narratives, let's break out of our daily routines to make a toast to humanity together.

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert - Roger McGuinn
Concert - Roger McGuinn
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
Auditorium
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 28, 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers
Young Ethical Explorers
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: TBA

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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
Sunday Platform
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Speaker:

Presider:

Shared Charity:

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 508

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