Event Calendar

September 2014

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Monday, September 1, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Monday, September 1, 2014 (All day)

Labor Day

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.

Tonight:

Why chaos is expanding around the world?  Thomas Friedman NY Times 8/24/14

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?” by Ian Gordon, Mother Jones, 6/3/14, and “U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children” by Michael Paulson, The NY Times, 7/23/14.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Larry Schiff  
 
This month we will be reading Antigone by Sophocles.  
 
For the school year beginning September 2014 we will continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 PM and we will be using readings from the Great Books Foundation—their First Series. It contains selections from  Checkov (“Rothchild’s Fiddle”), Aristotle (“On Happiness”), Plato (“Apology”), Conrad (“Heart of Darkness”), Kant (“Conscience”), Marx (“Alienated Labor”), The Bible (Genesis), Freud (“On Civilization”), Roseau (“The Social Contract”), Darwin (“The Moral Sense of Man”), Shakespeare “Othello”), Hume (“Of Justice and Injustice”), Tocqueville (“The Power of the Majority”), Simmel (“Individual Freedom”), and Sophocles (“Antigone”).

This set can be purchased from the Great Books Foundation.  It currently costs $28.95 plus tax and shipping for the whole 3 volume set plus discussion guide).

 

Give it a try—all you have to do is read the selection carefully and show up.

 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?” by Ian Gordon, Mother Jones, 6/3/14, and “U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children” by Michael Paulson, The NY Times, 7/23/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. 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, September 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Douglas Chu, Esq. Hynes & Chu LLP
 

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please call 212.721.4407.

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Ethics in Film - Defending Your Life 1991
Ethics in Film - Defending Your Life 1991
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Moderator: Chris Everett 

Written and directed by Albert Brooks, who also starred in the movie

Yuppie Daniel Miller is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City, a waiting room for the afterlife. During the day, he must prove in a courtroom style process that he successfully overcame his fears (a hard task, given the pitiful life we are shown); at night, he falls in love with Julia, the only other young person in town. Nights are a time of hedonistic pleasure, since you can (for instance) eat all you want without getting fat.

 

 

 

 
 
2:00 PM
Auditorium
Memorial Service for John J. Langsdorf
Memorial Service for John J. Langsdorf
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Auditorium
 
 
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9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 9:45am
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.

 
 
10:00 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics For Children - Open House
Ethics For Children - Open House
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:00am
Adler Study, Room 514
10:00am - Info and orientation followed by:  

11:00am - Ethical Explorers session for children
Led by Audrey Kindred with special teachers
Theme: "Ethical Body -- Kind Mind"
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Home Is Where We Start From
Sunday Meeting - Home Is Where We Start From
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Dr. Frank Corigliano Presides
 
In his poem, “Four Quartets,” T.S. Eliot writes “Home is where one starts from. As we grow older/The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated/Of dead and living. . .”
 

The word “home” evokes images, feelings, sounds and scents; it is a powerful human concept. Life and love begin there. But what if one has no home from which to start? Where would one begin? I will explore home in a variety of ways and invite people to share their experiences. Executive Director Marc L. Greenberg, Executive Director of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing will join us to talk about the organization’s programs.

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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 Moe-Swe, or call 212-874-5210 x113 in advance to attend.

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room 502
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Room 502
 Audrey Kindred and Ishmael Islam Preside

 A year long journey for maturing tweens and teens culminating in celebration.

 
 
2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Assembly
Sunday Assembly
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

An hour of secular fun, and socializing. Coffee and cookies after the event.

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen for a new class on Morality.... 

Offered on Mondays, September 8, and 22, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, and repeated on
Thursdays, September 11, and 25, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
 
We all experience goodness in our lives. Most humans have an innate sense of morality – what behaviors are right and what ones are wrong. How did human beings evolve morality? Brain cognitive science, moral psychology and contemporary philosophy offer some interesting answers that we will examine in these sessions.
 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
NYSEC Board Meeting
NYSEC Board Meeting
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
“Stones and Bones: Visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum” by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, July 7 & 14, 2014.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Rob Hofman

September 10 and 17, October 1, 15 and 22 

Three big B's: Body, Brain and Balance. They are interconnected, they keep us functioning and they need to be maintained. There is a lot we can do to keep our body, our brain and our balance system up to par and that is what this workshop is about. It will be an enjoyable, practical and learning experience.

 
Wear easy, loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. See you there.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Stones and Bones: Visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum” by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, July 7 & 14, 2014.
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

We all experience goodness in our lives. Most humans have an innate sense of morality – what behaviors are right and what ones are wrong. How did human beings evolve morality? Brain cognitive science, moral psychology and contemporary philosophy offer some interesting answers that we will examine in these sessions.

 
 
Friday, September 12, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, September 14, 2014 (All day) Annual Ethical Retreat Weekend
Annual Ethical Retreat Weekend
Friday, September 12, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, September 14, 2014 (All day)

 

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Friday, September 12, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, September 14, 2014 (All day) Annual Ethical Retreat Weekend
Annual Ethical Retreat Weekend
Friday, September 12, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, September 14, 2014 (All day)

 

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 

We will explore selections from famous environmental authors, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, Michael Pollan, Rachel Carson, Richard Louv, Edward Abbey and Jane Goodall. This is a great way to cover classic environmental literature. 

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Auditorium
NYC Premiere!
NYC Premiere!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Auditorium

Join hosts New York Society for Ethical Culture, NYC Coalition of Block and Community Leaders, and Planetary Advocates for the NYC premiere of the film, "The Future of Energy," at the NY Society for Ethical Culture – a People’s Climate March event!

"The Future of Energy" is a positive film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and communities that are re-imagining their relationships with the planet and with each other. The film focuses on solutions to climate change and advocates for the use of 100% renewable energy. The work of 350.org, Green for All, Alliance for Climate Education, Solutions Project, and Go 100, along with that of many other organizations, is featured in the film. As Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, has said, the film "is really about the clean energy revolution happening right now. By the final credits, you'll know both how and why renewable energy is the cleanest, quickest, cheapest, and safest way to supply all our energy needs."

The filmmakers writer/producer Max DeArmon will be on hand for the premiere, and there will be an audience “Question and Answer” after the movie. This will be a big event leading up to the first ever People's Climate March here in NYC.  Be inspired at the NYC premier of “The Future of Energy” – you will not want to miss it!  (thefutureofenergy.org)

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Event starts at 7:00 pm.  Welcoming remarks by NY State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. 

Sponsors (in alphabetical order): Catskill Mountain Keeper; Food and Water Watch; Food Not Fracking; NYC Acre; NYC Friends of Clearwater; Origin Magazine; People’s Climate March; Sane Energy Project; The Mothers Project/ Mothers For Sustainable Energy; 350NYC; United for Action; Waterkeeper Alliance.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Detroit, Through Rose-Colored Glasses” by Ben Austen, The NY Times Magazine, 7/13/14 and “Small Rebellions: Interview with Grace Lee Boggs” by Michelle Chen, Guernica, 7/15/14.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 502
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Room 502
Moderator Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman
 

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

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

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Body, Brain and Balance
Body, Brain and Balance
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Rob Hofman

September 10 and 17, October 1, 15 and 22 

Three big B's: Body, Brain and Balance. They are interconnected, they keep us functioning and they need to be maintained. There is a lot we can do to keep our body, our brain and our balance system up to par and that is what this workshop is about. It will be an enjoyable, practical and learning experience. Wear easy, loose fitting clothes and flat shoes. See you there. 

To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org or call 212.874.5210 x117. 
 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Detroit, Through Rose-Colored Glasses” by Ben Austen, The NY Times Magazine, 7/13/14 and “Small Rebellions: Interview with Grace Lee Boggs” by Michelle Chen, Guernica, 7/15/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' 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, September 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Toby Weiss - Director Cultural Diversity and Jewish Programming, Metropolitan Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care.
 

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please call 212.721.4407.

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Deepening Ethical Circles
Deepening Ethical Circles
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Dr. Anne Klaeysen moderator
 

Meaningful personal development and community growth can flourish when people share in the lives of others, especially through empathetic listening and talking about matters of ultimate concern. Small group experiences, provide an opportunity for members to explore their deepest understanding of life in community

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater
Ethics and the Theater
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 
Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca. The people of New Bethesda, in 1970s South Africa, don’t know what to do with Miss Helen. She has lived all her life in the small Afrikaner town, gone to church every Sunday with them, married one of them. But 15 years ago, after her husband died, she started filling her garden with statues that she made: owls, mermaids, the Three Wise Men. The townspeople understand neither the works—monsters, in their eyes—nor their creator, who is now nearing 70 and appears to them too fragile, physically and mentally, to continue living on her own. Are they right? Or is the passion and freedom Miss Helen experiences alone in her art-filled home too valuable to trade for security?
 
Susan Horowitz directs. Cast: Pat Debrovner, Paula Jon DeRose, and John Lovelady. 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. 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Auditorium
A Global Climate Treaty: Why the United States Must Lead
A Global Climate Treaty: Why the United States Must Lead
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Auditorium
 
 

 
 
10:00 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics For Children - Open House
Ethics For Children - Open House
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:00am
Adler Study, Room 514
10:00am - Info and orientation followed by:  

11:00am - Ethical Explorers session for children

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Living Our Ethical Culture
Sunday Meeting - Living Our Ethical Culture
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader
Monica Weiss Presides
 
Whether we consider Ethical Culture as our religion, or as a philosophy of life, there can be little doubt that it has been intended from its beginning to be a set of ideals that we don't merely admire or to which we give lip service , but which we strive to put into practice. At best, the values that Ethical Culture promotes should become part of our characters and play a guiding role in the choices we make and how we live our lives. In my initial address of the new season, I will speak on how Ethical Culture can become factored into our character and some basic guidelines to follow in our effort to live ethical lives.

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Abe Markman Presides
 
A lively discussion of what’s in the news today, gaining perspective on current events.
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred and Ishmael Islam Preside

Poster/costume making, learning session.

 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
 
9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:45am
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
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:00am
"People's Climate March"
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - People’s Climate March - Film, Do The Math
Sunday Meeting - People’s Climate March - Film, Do The Math
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Andra Miller Presides
 
For those not attending the march we will show the documentary film, Do the Math, which chronicles the beginnings of a major climate movement of individual citizen activists deeply concerned about climate change and committed to limiting the use of fossil fuels and supporting renewable energy. The film follows climate crusader Bill McKibben as he works with rising global movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. I will moderate the discussion afterwards. Our members will also be marching with the PCM , meeting at 10:30AM at 64th Street and Central Park West.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Intergenerational Family Festival -- Invite Friends for  International Day of Peace! and join the Ethical contingent for the Climate March!

 

 

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

 We all experience goodness in our lives. Most humans have an innate sense of morality – what behaviors are right and what ones are wrong. How did human beings evolve morality? Brain cognitive science, moral psychology and contemporary philosophy offer some interesting answers that we will examine in these sessions.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Stash Pad: The NYC Real-Estate Market” by Andrew Rice, New York, June 30 – July 13, 2014.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
Today could be our last day here. Probably not, we all think, but 150,000 of us will no longer be here tomorrow.
 

We just never know, so let's not spend time on things that don't really matter. Let's make sure that we can take our last breaths knowing that we have been kind and that those we love know the depth of our love.

My question for us all to ponder How can we be sure that those we love know the depth of our love? Meditate on this and share your discoveries with this community.

We had an incredible meeting on Sunday, we discussed how many of us feel undeserving of love, and how many people were taught (many through their religious education when they were young)  'its better to give than receive. Many people felt it was hard to ask for a hug and yet felt lonely for touch having lost their partner.

Alan Leventhal  facilitator in Death Cafe is in Hospice at Mt Sinai, 1176 5th Avenue, 6th floor, he enjoys company just for a short visit.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Room 502
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room 502
“Stash Pad: The NYC Real-Estate Market” by Andrew Rice, New York, June 30 – July 13, 2014.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

 We all experience goodness in our lives. Most humans have an innate sense of morality – what behaviors are right and what ones are wrong. How did human beings evolve morality? Brain cognitive science, moral psychology and contemporary philosophy offer some interesting answers that we will examine in these sessions.

 
 
 
9:30 AM
Meet at 72 Street and Riverside Drive
Bike Ride - Wave Hill Gardens
Bike Ride - Wave Hill Gardens
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:30am
Meet at 72 Street and Riverside Drive
A bike ride to the Wave Hill Garden in Riverdale (weather permitting).  
 

Ride about 20 miles round trip.  For further information, interested parties can email Henryka Komanska at henryka@verizon.net or text me at 646 748-4338.  Riders must were helmets. 

 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - How Green Is Your War?
Sunday Meeting - How Green Is Your War?
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curt Collier, Leader
Meg Chapman Presides
 

To what extent are wars and conflicts today less about geopolitics and more about dwindling resources? Is the rise of Islamic jihadism really about religious hegemony, or, as predicted are these really struggles over water, arable land, and energy? If the latter is the case, would arm conflict really work to deter extremism if we aren't addressing the underlying cause of unrest around our planet? This talk will focus on conflict from an environmental perspective and why the world might already possess many of the skills needed to bring more stability, and peace, to troubled lands.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Leaders' Office, Room 502
Ethics for Teens
Ethics for Teens
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Leaders' Office, Room 502

Audrey Kindred and Ishmael Islam Preside

 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall
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.

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“What I Saw on Rikers Island” by Cecily McMillan, 7/23/14; “Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail” by Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz, 7/14/14; and “U.S. Inquiry Finds a ‘Culture of Violence’ Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island” by Benjamin Weiser and Michael Schwirtz, 8/4/14, The NY Times.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' officeArticles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.