Ethical NYC: Ethics in Action Since 1876

The New York Society for Ethical Culture is a humanist community dedicated to ethical relationships, social justice, and environmental stewardship for over 142 years. We celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and work to make the world a better place.
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Ethical Blog

Some say the food system is broken and needs to be fixed. Karen Washington begs to differ; she believes it is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do, exploiting cheap labor and dumping cheap food in impoverished neighborhoods. How else can you explain poverty and hunger in the richest nation in the world? Karen joined us to peel back the true meaning of food justice as people fight for a food system that is equitable and just.

Green New Deal for New York Accountability Forum March 20th

Join a coalition of environmental and community groupsf or a town hall style forum to question Governor Cuomo, Attorney General James and Comptroller DiNapoli, and City-wide elected leaders such as Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer and Speaker Johnson about the accelerating climate crisis. Our state and local elected officials must act now.

Hear what our electeds plan to do to confront the climate crisis as we put the peoples' questions to them. Together, let’s show them our movement will hold them accountable to achieve the bold, transformational action our communities need! RSVP here.

Ours is but one species on this planet we call Earth. Ours is also the last remaining humanoid species, among over a dozen others, Homo Sapiens having successfully outlived (and no doubt contributed to the demise of) Neanderthals, with whom we at one time co-existed. A timeline comparing these species illustrates what a short time we have been at home on this planet, and yet we have had an impact on it far beyond all other species combined. We are facing the reality of our having despoiled our home, perhaps beyond all hope of repair.

February Banner - Black Lives Matter

With this banner we reaffirm our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and proclaim our long history of fighting for social justice. Alas, recent events have shown us that racism is alive and kicking and tolerated by far too many Americans. We take a stand against this hatred, calling for the resignations of any and all elected officials who violate the human rights of others.

Felix Adler had it right—worth and dignity is the key to happiness and the key to spiritual experience. Calvin Chatlos (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers University) explains how his 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.