Event Calendar

April 2016

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7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film - Groundhog Day (1993)
Ethics in Film - Groundhog Day (1993)
Friday, April 1, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Harold Ramis
 
TV weatherman Phil Connors is annoyed and despondent when he's assigned the job of covering the annual Groundhog festivities in the small "Hick" town of Punxsutawney - making this his fourth in a row. The only noticeable upside is his attractive and good-natured producer. But the real nightmare begins when Phil ends up reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. Unable to leave the town and with no end in sight, Phil struggles to find a way to escape his seemingly hopeless situation.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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9:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 9:30am
Adler Study, Room 514
 

Explore and practice mindfulness.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 3, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Put a Poem in your Pocket and Celebrate National Poetry Month
Sunday Meeting - Put a Poem in your Pocket and Celebrate National Poetry Month
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Richard Koral presides
 
This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. 
 
 
We will celebrate with a Sunday platform and plenty of poems for you to put in your pockets and share with family, friends and neighbors.

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508

 

JOIN US? We welcome anyone who would like to become a committee member, please just ask. You may join the committee even if you are not a NYSEC member.  All are welcome to our meetings, we value your participation.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Break Free New York: A Forum on Fossil Fuel Resistance
Break Free New York: A Forum on Fossil Fuel Resistance
Monday, April 4, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
Please join us for a special NYC Grassroots Alliance event  "BREAK FREE NEW YORK: A FORUM ON FOSSIL FUEL RESISTANCE" and invite others to attend.  This is a great event for people who are looking for how to get involved in climate action. 
 
This April 4th Forum will provide you with all the information you need to take back to your communities and organizations to help mobilize for  "Break Free New York" on May 14th.   On May 14th 2016, people from all over the NE will converge on Albany to take a stand against fossil fuel extraction and to demand a halt to “bomb trains” and the build out of infrastructure for fracked gas: www.albany2016.org. 
The May 14th Break Free action in Albany will be both a mass rally that we hope will engage a wide range of concerned citizens, and also a mass invitation to non-violent civil disobedience, for those who are ready to be arrested to drive home the message that we must STOP the use of fossil fuels now. Non violent civil disobedience training sessions will be provided before the event.
 
Come and find out what is planned for the day in Albany and how to get involved.  
 
Speakers: 
Marilyn Vasta, 350NYC 
Kim Fraczek, Sane Energy Project 
Jeremy Cherson, Hudson Riverkeeper 
Gary Shaw, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition. 
 
NOTE  ---->> The Albany event is part of a global, coordinated action to Break Free from fossil fuels.  Find out more about USA and global actions at www.breakfree2016.org   Join the global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground.  
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall
"Walk for a New Spring"!
"Walk for a New Spring"!
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall
 
The Monks of the New England Peace Pagoda initiated their 15th annual “Walk for a New Spring”, a 56-day peace walk from Leverett, MA to Washington, DC. This year they are carrying the Quaker paper "Shared Security, Re-Imagining US Foreign Policy", and sharing it with communities along their way. (brochure, walk schedule and Shared Security doc attached)
 
Please join 350NYC, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and the Buddhist Council of New York for an interfaith potluck dinner to welcome the walkers to NYC when they arrive on April 5th. Sister Clare Carter and Timothy Bullock will give a presentation on "Shared Security: To End War, Poverty, Racism, and Address the Climate Crisis!" followed by a discussion with Kato Shonin, Towbee Shonin and the other walkers. Hear about their experiences so far, some of the history of their annual peace walks, and their visions for the future. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm. The event is free. Donations welcome.
 
On the morning of April 5th, we are invited to join the Walk into the city over the GW bridge from the NJ side at 9:00 am or from the NY side at 9:40am. This will be a beautiful way to honor them and a powerful opportunity to help bring peace to our city. The walkers will continue on to the UN and will hold a vigil at Ralph Bunche Park at 4pm. Join the Facebook event for updates. 
 
There is also an open invitation for people to join the walk from NY to DC on the morning of April 8th..
 
Endorsers of the 2016 "Walk for a New Spring":
American Friends Service Committee, Peace Action, Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Mass Peace Action, Merrimack Valley People for Peace, NorthShore Coalition for Peace and Justice, The House of Peace, Salem Peace Committee, United for Justice and Peace, Veterans for Peace, Arise for Social Justice, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice.
 
Hope you can join us and bring some food to share or just come and share:)

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group- On Civil Government and Wealth of Nations
Great Books Discussion Group- On Civil Government and Wealth of Nations
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
 
"On Civil Government" by John Locke and "Civil Disobediance"* by Henry David Thoreau
 
Read the selections in advance, and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring and reading to us the specific related text.
 
Because this is the format for the discussion, it is important that we all have the same text. To purchase the Great Books Reading and Discussion Second Series and Reader Aid we’ll be using through June, 2016, visit this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/great-books.html You can also visit www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group  to learn more about us.

 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 7, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory” by Dennis Overbye, The New York Times 2/12/16 and “Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them” by Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker  2/11/16
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Pushing Back Against Ageism, Which Affects Everyone
 
 
Ashton Applewhite, Author, Activist
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater- "The Call"
Ethics and the Theater- "The Call"
Friday, April 8, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of The Call, by Tanya Barfield.

Adopting a baby from Africa seems so right to Anna and Peter, a socially conscious couple who have tried painfully and unsuccessfully to conceive on their own. But the glow of prospective parenthood dims and good-humored teasing becomes barbed as the couple confronts the complex realities of raising a child from another race and culture.

 

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.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508

Change with Richard Koral

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 10, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - An Essay on Dignity
Sunday Meeting - An Essay on Dignity
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Leader Joe Chuman
Hazel May presides
 
Dignity is the central value of Ethical Culture. It  also lies at the center of human rights. Ethical Culture exists to promote dignity; human rights to protect it.
 
All around us we see violations of human dignity, in the slaughter of human beings, the degradation that accompanies economic deprivation, and in countless other ways. But exactly what is dignity? Where does it come from? What does its recognition require of us? A philosophical look at the value that lies at the heart of Ethical Culture.
 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, April 10, 2016 -
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. 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics - CLOSED
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics - CLOSED
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 7:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D.
Consultant in Medical Ethics
 
six monthly sessions, 2nd Tuesday
 
Contemporary healthcare is often ethically problematic. Medical decision-making can be confusing and stressful, not only for patients but also for their families and friends.  This course— which consists of six monthly meetings— will examine a series actual clinical cases from the perspective of ethical thought and action. Each month, in advance of our sessions, readings on the topic will be sent electronically to course participants.  During our 
meetings, we shall discuss and debate ethical concerns in a variety of cases. The topic areas will be:
1.  Introduction/Case Analysis
2.  Neonatal [Newborn] Ethics
3.  Mental Illness and Psychiatric 
Treatment
4.  Dementia, including Alzheimer 
Disease
5.  The Context of Treatment, 
including Religious Issues 
6.  Critical Care/ICU Ethics
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
"Slice of Life" Storytelling
"Slice of Life" Storytelling
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

FOUR sessions: Mar 23 & 30; Apr 13 & 20 Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Moderator: Sandi Sacks

Our four-part “Slice of Life” storytelling workshop series will culminate in a showcase performance at The Café at Ethical for those trainees who choose to participate, plus other opportunities to share and perform. We will learn how to craft and share 5-minute true stories that will engage, move, inspire, illuminate, and entertain. Fee includes all sessions.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins with Research” by Gabrielle Glaser, The New York Times, 2/22/16 and  “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser, The Atlantic, April 2016
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting
Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
With Leader Anne Klaeysen
 
Monthly, 2nd Thursday
 
Family life today faces challenges that can overwhelm adults responsible for the care of children. The goal of spending "quality time" with loved ones gets lost in the daily struggle to make a living and provide a home. Families need support. This workshop offers parenting skills and an opportunity to connect with other parents, step parents and grandparents. 
 
Participants must register with Margaret Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 ext 113.
 
Childcare provided upon advanced request.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
The Café at Ethical
The Café at Ethical
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

 

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.

 

This month we welcome MakerzMark — musician/singers Gregory Maker (bass), John Wilmeth (piano) , and Gary Fritz (percussion), and vocalist Steph Walker. This fabulous quartet embraces the history of jazz standards while sidestepping into different genres of music with ease. The traditional blends with the modern, the poignant with the playful. They can serve up a cocktail of different blends of music, all delivered with unique nuances of expression.

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
We’re reading poems from different cultures around the world.  Once you’ve selected the poem, please write a line or two about the poet, perhaps also including a bit about the culture or country. 
 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 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 - Changing Our Story
Sunday Meeting - Changing Our Story
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Rev. Terrence Gallagher
Monica Weiss presides
 
Stories inform & shape our lives on all levels and at every turn of our life path. They tell us which directions to take and what goals are worthy to pursue along the way. They tell us what makes for a “life well lived”. Stories tell us who is worthy of our love and generous support as well as informing us of those who are deserving of our hate and righteous retribution. Stories tell us why it’s perfectly acceptable that the select few prosper and grow while the multitudes suffer and decline. 
 
What if the stories guiding our current way of life are actually false?  Or even worse what if they purposely leading us terribly astray?
 
In this presentation, I will explore 3 core stories of our society. These are the central stories that we embrace in our daily living which will ultimately prove to be incompatible with future generations ability to live. What will change our story?
 
Rev. Dr. Terry Gallagher is an ordained minister in the UCC. Educated originally as an engineer, Terry, following a 30 year career as an chemical industrial manufacturing executive answered the Call to Ministry. He attained a Master of Divinity degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He served as a local church pastor in Michigan for 7 years. 
 
In response to the escalating double edged global crisis of unsustainable economics and ecological destruction, he has focused his ministry efforts in serving the greater society as a Public Theologian. His current ministry is faith based ecological-justice education, advocacy & action. You can find his efforts working towards a just sustainable world on the web, in the church, in community meetings, in legislative offices and on the public square. 
 
Rev. Gallagher regularly blogs at revgallagher.wordpress.com, he can be contacted via e-mail at  terrenceggallagher@hotmail.com
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, April 17, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Both members and non-members are welcome at the NYSEC EAC Open Meeting.  Main discussion today will be this Society’s proposals for American Ethical Union resolutions. Subjects submitted for consideration are requiring publicly traded-companies to include political and lobbying expenses in their annual reports, as well as their current greenhouse gas emissions and their attempts to reduce these emissions.

 
 
1:30 PM
Members Lounge
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:30pm
Members Lounge
Abe Markman Presides
 
A lively discussion of what’s in the news today, gaining perspective on current events.

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

Find out who we are and what we do. Ask us about Ethical Culture - our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership.  Please email Margaret Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org, or call 212-874-5210 x113 in advance to attend.   

 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leaders' Office

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader

Discuss the works of Felix Adler and other thinkers whose writings are seminal to Ethical Culture and humanist philosophy.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
"Slice of Life" Storytelling
"Slice of Life" Storytelling
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

FOUR sessions: Mar 23 & 30; Apr 13 & 20 Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Moderator: Sandi Sacks

Our four-part “Slice of Life” storytelling workshop series will culminate in a showcase performance at The Café at Ethical for those trainees who choose to participate, plus other opportunities to share and perform. We will learn how to craft and share 5-minute true stories that will engage, move, inspire, illuminate, and entertain. Fee includes all sessions.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 21, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The Crispr Quandary” by Jennifer Kahn, The New York Times, 11/9/15 and “The Gene Hackers” by Michael Specter, The New Yorker, 11/16/15 
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Make the Most of Your Money: Enjoy Life with Limited Funds (without feeling deprived)
 
 
Norman Reiss, Author
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, April 21, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children - No Session
Ethics for Children - No Session
Sunday, April 24, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Reality About Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants
Sunday Meeting - The Reality About Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Panel with the Natural Resources Defense Council
Leader Curt Collier presides
 
 
Some feel that nuclear power is a cleaner alternative to climate-changing fossil fuels and can be utilized safely.  Others believe that nuclear power poses far greater risks to the environment and must be passed over in favor of greener fuel sources.  Regardless of whether you are for or against nuclear power, we all realize we have a problem; America's nuclear power plants are getting past their prime and there are real challenges facing their decommissioning.  
 
Last October, in a forum sponsored by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Clearwater, and the Ethical Society, it was determined that there were many lingering questions about the storage of nuclear waste, plant and worker safety, gaps in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's oversight, environmental justice issues, the lack of decommissioning trust funds, and the needs of communities as they transition to replacement energy strategies.  
 
The NRDC and Clearwater have taken on these challenges and continue to press for rule-making and comprehensive evaluation of the decommissioning process.  Come as panel experts from the NRDC and Clearwater engage in a frank discussion of what has been done, what needs to be done, and how these unanswered questions effect you and your family.  
 
After the platform, in honor of Earth Week, there will be an opportunity for community engagement in the issues.
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 1:30pm
Leaders' Office
Curt Collier, Leader Presides
 

Gather to discuss the impact of lifestyle choices on our planet and ways to adapt that a make meaningful difference. We engage in serious and practical discussion about culinary choices, commuting alternatives, and how our purchases aid or hamper the natural world. Participants are asked to share openly with others in a supportive environment.

 
 
4:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 4:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
Explore chapters and selections from the works of famous environmental authors—Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, Aldo Leopold, Richard Louv, Wangari Maathai, John Muir, and Michael Pollan, among others. Read the selections together, and then discuss the important points the writers were striving to uphold. This is a great way to delve into classic environmental literature.
 
 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Andra Miller and the  Ethical Action Committee 

The past and future of wind energy: Exceeding Past Achievements, a unique view from petrochemical engineer and invention historian Joel Kirman

 

Joel Kirman, Chemical Process Engineer Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the New York Academy of Sciences

 
The focus of the work of Joel Kirman has been in the designing of equipment for and engineering of petrochemical plants. He will explain how windmills protected the dyked land in Holland, pumped water on America’s Great Plains, and today supply renewable energy around the world. He’ll discuss the engineering of modern windmills, including the aerodynamic shaping of blades; and the controls to allow facing the wind and avoid being blown over in storms

Refreshments: wine and cheese 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

The Death of Liberalism

 

1.  The Death of Liberalism   BY Roger Cohen APRIL 14, 2016

2.  Erdogan and Merkel’s Comic Comeuppance  By Anna Sauerbrey APRIL 15, 2016

3.  A Challenge to Poland’s Anti-Democratic Drift  By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 16, 2016

4.   Obama in Saudi Arabia, Exporter of Oil and Bigotry  By  Nicholas Kristof APRIL 20, 2016 

 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
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. 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, April 28, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
A Fight for the Soul of Science” by Natalie Wolchover, 12/16/15 and “String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity” by Sabine Hossenfelder, Quanta Magazine, 1/12/16 
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Democracy is a Verb
Democracy is a Verb
Thursday, April 28, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Dr. Anne Klaeysen
 
monthly, 4th Thursday unless otherwise noted
 
There’s much more to being a citizen than voting. Participating in a democracy means making a serious commitment to making it work on all levels from local to global. Since its founding in 1876, Ethical Culture has emphasized the importance of democracy, both in terms of organizing Ethical Societies and engaging in the larger community. In humanist terms, one could say that there is something “sacred” about democracy; it calls upon us to take our place in the world as responsible human beings. This course will explore the definitions and forms of democracy, the challenges to it in this country, and how we can take more active roles.  
 
This Thursday, Rebecca Ramaswamy, LJP Columbia Law Public Interest Fellow, will join our "Democracy Is a Verb!" session. She is well-versed in voting rights and working on a forthcoming report reviewing voting rights barriers in New York.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, April 28, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

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

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:30 PM
Auditorium
All Hands on Deck- A Fundraiser for Clearwater
All Hands on Deck- A Fundraiser for Clearwater
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 6:30pm
Auditorium