Event Calendar

May 2017

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6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 6:30pm
Social Hall

Grassroots Alliance is a coalition of environmental groups focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels, especially fracked shale gas, with wind, water and solar power. Events range from screenings to panel discussions to rallies and art builds. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by Bill McKibben
The New York Times, 4/20/17

"Nebraska Race Reveals Divide For Democrats"
by J. Martin
The New York Times, 4/21/17

"Resilience of The Resistance"
by C. Blow
The New York Times, 4/24/17

"Worm Guts Hold a Clue to Reducing Pollution"
by J. E. Bromwich
The New York Times, 4/27/17

"Lessons from 100 Days of President Trump"
by N. Kristof
The New York Times, 4/29/17

"The Crisis of Western Civ"
by D. Brooks
The New York Times, 4/21/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts

TRUE LOVE, Don Shea; THE COLLECTORS, Rohinton Mistry; YOU’RE UGLY, TOO, Lorrie Moore; PALESTINE (Chapter One), Joe Sacco

Read the selections in advance (they’re usually under 70 pages), 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 Foundation Short Story Omnibus, which we’re using through June, 2017, go to this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/literature-anthologies/adu-bus.html  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, May 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “A Sense of Belonging” by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Democracy, Spring 2017 (http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/44/a-sense-of-belonging/
 
 

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, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: What We Can Learn About Aging from LGBTQ Seniors
with Tom Weber, Director of Care Management Services, SAGE
 

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 8:00 PM
Auditorium
CANCELLED - Ethics in Action: Poverty in NYC
CANCELLED - Ethics in Action: Poverty in NYC
Thursday, May 4, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Auditorium

NOTICE: This event has been cancelled.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Ex Machina
Ethics in Film: Ex Machina
Friday, May 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Alex Garland
 
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities of Ava (Alicia Vikander), his latest experiment in artificial intelligence.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: Making posters, chants, and speeches for next week's Youth March in Brooklyn.

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: "We Are Ethical Culture" Community Day & Activities Fair
Sunday Meeting: "We Are Ethical Culture" Community Day & Activities Fair
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen presides

Join us for an interactive morning when we will learn about the many programs we offer and how members can become more involved.

Our Annual Membership meeting follows at 12:15pm, after which we will celebrate our achievements at our annual Volunteers’ Appreciation Luncheon.

 
 
12:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Annual Membership Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:15pm
Ceremonial Hall
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, May 8, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join me and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion. Topic TBA.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Register here: http://www.moralinjuryandwarproject.com/

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Hunter College is hosting a series of presentation at Roosevelt House and co-hosting book discussions. We will host a discussion twice this month right here at Ethical NYC. May will focus on philosopher Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morality” (http://www.inp.uw.edu.pl/mdsie/Political_Thought/GeneologyofMorals.pdf) and will allow participants to consider how moral concepts grow and evolve, not necessarily “‘naturally,” as an extension of or counterpart to biological evolution, but rather as a result of human creativity and cultural interests.

Join is for one of the scheduled discussions on Wednesday, 5/3, 2-4 pm OR Tuesday, 5/9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Free

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “Making Athens Great Again” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The Atlantic, April 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/making-athens-great-again/517791/
 
 

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
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

This week's reading: https://medium.com/@robin.chancer/how-to-stay-sane-if-trump-is-driving-you-insane-advice-from-a-therapist-42e982195e22

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Gin Game
Ethics and the Theater: The Gin Game
Friday, May 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present: The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn.

Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey sit on the porch of the senior home to which they have been consigned by their families, and play gin. As game follows game, the pair talk, sparring sometimes humorously, sometimes brutally, probing for and revealing secrets, and laying bare harsh truths about aging in America today.

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.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
Next Generation Now - Rally & March for Youth Empowerment
Next Generation Now - Rally & March for Youth Empowerment
Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

YOUTH MARCH at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn
Saturday, May 13th

"Next Generation Now: March and Rally for Youth Empowerment"

The Young Ethical Explorers of NYSEC will be going! Please join us! Let's connect! Wanna meet up!? Hope you'll come! Hope you'll even decide to prepare a song or poem or speech about your deepest values and hopes -- for the world to hear! We support you.

If you want to join the Ethics For Children at NYSEC's prep-work for the March, come on over to our special prep session on May 7th at 11am. -- #2 W. 64th Street, 4-5th floor. RSVP to EthicsForChildren@NYSEC.org or EthicsForTeens@NYSEC.org.

For a friendly connection at the event itself, our group meeting plans will be posted on our blog by May 7th in case you want to join us: www.YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com

To get more involved, or even join a planning committee contact Emma at Children's March NYC: volunteer.childrensmarch@gmail.com

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: No gathering. But practice our May theme at home: "May I help?"

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Rights, Duties, and The Search for The Common Good
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Rights, Duties, and The Search for The Common Good
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman

Where are our moral heroes? Where are the voices that speak to truth to power? We live in an age of radical individualism and self-promotion that reaches a feverish pitch. If we are for ourselves only, what are we?

Are ethics to be found in such an orientation? Yes, defense of individual rights is essential, but individualism ends in the atomization of individual persons, and a sundering of the human bond, which enriches life and on which we all depend.

I will look at the tension between rights — as vested in the individual, and responsibilities that requires us to see ourselves within an encompassing web of social relations, and that make moral demands on us.

This week's shared charity: Moms Demand Action

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, May 14, 2017 -
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. 

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members to find out who we are and what we do. Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM
Auditorium
Climate, Jobs & Justice Accountability Forum
Climate, Jobs & Justice Accountability Forum
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:30pm
Auditorium

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/climate-jobs-and-justice-accountability-forum

Looking for a way to take local climate action after the national People's Climate March? Please join hundreds of your fellow New Yorkers at a citywide forum for Climate, Jobs & Justice!

With our national administration taking us backwards in the fight against climate change and inequality, it is now even more vital that NYC step up our defense of the environment. Our city produces massive pollution which continues to choke our communities and threaten our livelihoods. We can fight both of these moral crises at the same time - but only by urging our top elected leaders to take comprehensive action, en masse and in person.

Join us for a mass people's interview of NYC Mayor de Blasio, PublicAdvocate James and Comptroller Stringer. Come learn about the issues that NYC needs to tackle locally, hear our leaders' views, and hold them accountable to taking the bold policy action we need to protect our people and our city from the threats of climate change.

Please be sure to spread the word, invite your communities and networks to participate, join our coalition as a co-sponsor, and be sure to RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/climate-jobs-and-justice-accountability-forum

This event is co-organized by: The People's Climate March - NY, 350.org, 350NYC, ALIGN-NY, Bronx Climate Justice North, Faith in New York, Food & Water Watch, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), New York Communities for Change (NYCC), New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Sane Energy Project, Transform Don’t Trash NYC, WeACT for Environmental Justice and the Working Families Party (event co-sponsor list in formation).

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/284958331927894/

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
American Indian Community House Spring Social
American Indian Community House Spring Social
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

Join us to celebrate the Graduating Class of 2017!

The American Indian Community House will hold their annual Spring Social here on Wednesday, May 17th in Ceremonial Hall. You are invited to attend and participate in this joyous celebration which will feature Native American Drumming, Singing, Dancing & Craft Vendors. No RSVP is necessary ~ the festivities will begin at 6:00 pm.

Hear the AICH drum. Indian Tacos on the menu.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic TBA.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “Conflict and Consensus” by Scott Spillman, The Point, Winter 2017 (https://thepointmag.com/2017/politics/conflict-and-consensus

 
 

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, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: Vision care for seniors
with Dr. Shandor Zelenger, SUNY College of Optometry
 

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, May 18, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
CreArtBox Music Series Concert
CreArtBox Music Series Concert
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

Tickets: https://creartbox.nyc

Ethical Culture and CreArt Box present a new edition of the CREART MUSIC SERIES, designed to present classical and new chamber music, with the collaboration of living composers, New York-based ensembles, world-class soloists, and visual artists.

In this third edition, we are performing music by David Lang, Meredith Monk, Anna Clyne (New York premiere of Just As They Are), Timo Andres, Joshua Penman (world premier of Dawnlight), Dvorak, and Telemann.

For a taste of what to expect, visit CreArt on YouTube.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Open Mic w/ MC Steph Walker & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
The Music Café at Ethical: Open Mic w/ MC Steph Walker & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, May 19, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
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.
 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Join us!  Read favorite lines and stanzas from poems you love.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 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.

 
 
10:00 AM
2 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023
Team Ethical at AIDS Walk NYC
Team Ethical at AIDS Walk NYC
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:00am
2 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

Help Ethical raise money for AIDS research by sponsoring, spreading the word, and walking with us at the 2017 AIDS Walk! Sunday, May 21 at 10am.

We can share stories of what this level of activism means to us. For us, many of our friends survived the plague of the '80's -- and many also died from it. Those who survived have been instrumental in creating a movement that has taught America to stand up for the deep justice of health care, community care, and the importance of diverse needs being met.

Walk, sponsor, or both!

Sign up to join our team here: https://ny.aidswalk.net/Team/View/41102/ETHICAL-9707

We will create a lovely day! Our team meets on the side of AEU - Ethical NYC building, at Central Park West and West 64th Street at 10am on Sunday, May 21st. Bring water bottles and snacks, and wear sun-block. Feel free to contact Audrey Kindred with questions at ethicsforchildren@nysec.org.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Ron Kuby: The Reality of the Forgotten Guilty
Sunday Meeting - Ron Kuby: The Reality of the Forgotten Guilty
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Ronald Kuby
Dan Hanson presides

Everyone likes the stories of the innocent people behind bars who are exonerated.  Innocence projects and exoneration initiatives abound, and law schools have developed projects and curricula focused on innocence.  But has the focus on the actually innocent worked to the detriment of most people in the criminal justice system who, after all, are actually guilty?  Let’s talk about that reality: the millions of prisoners who “did it,” but are in prison due to racism, poverty, and overcriminalization.

Ronald L. Kuby is an American criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show, host and television commentator. He has also hosted radio programs on WABC Radio in New York and Air America radio. Kuby currently leads the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby in Manhattan.

This week's shared charity: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: Gathering team for AIDS WALK NYC. Sign up at Ethical or contact ethicsforchildren@nysec.org to either join the walking team or sponsor them!

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, May 22, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join me and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion. Topic TBA.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science - Pattern Language: What Patterns Are & What They Say
Speaking of Science - Pattern Language: What Patterns Are & What They Say
Monday, May 22, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Patterns are fundamental in thought, and pattern recognition is a major part of intelligence. Our understanding of the nature of patterns is essential to the philosophy and methods of science. Patterns manifest a few basic principles, which will be richly illustrated in this presentation, with diverse examples from nature. A perspective will be given regarding the importance of pattern principles as they relate to biology, evolution, technology, emergence, representation of information, and the modern paradigm of science.

Mark Edelman’s interests include the history of science and the nature of information, the latter of which he has studied for 25 years, along with related topics, for which he has established a website.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by D. Brooks
The New York Times, 5/16/17

"It's Chicken or Fish"
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 5/17/17

"'Vulnerbale Voices' Lash Out as Companies Sway Climate Talks"
by H. Tabuchi
The New York Times, 5/17/17

"How the Left Can Get Its Mojo Back"
by D. Leonhardt
The New York Times, 5/16/17

"Why the World is Getting Hacked"
by Z. Tufekci
The New York Times, 5/16/17

"Austria Political Impasse Opens Door for Far Right"
by M. Eddy
The New York Times, 5/16/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
Reproductive Rights: Now You Have Them–Now You Don't!
Reproductive Rights: Now You Have Them–Now You Don't!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

RSVP here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reproductive-rights-now-you-have-them-now-you-dont-tickets-34482508110

The National Landscape -- Abortion as a State's Rights Issue -- Where New York State Fits In

Join us for an educational forum to discuss the national reproductive rights landscape as it has changed since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, and how the Trump Administration has already impacted women's health choices. We will examine what it mean for abortion to be a state’s rights issue and where, exactly, New York State fits into the equation.

Co-sponsored by the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion - Choice Matters, NOW-NYC, Indivisible We Stand, No IDC NYC, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Speakers:

Donna Barkman
Performance Artist
 
Anne Davis, MD, MPH
Consulting Medical Director, Physicians for Reproductive Health;
 
Catherine Lederer-Plaskett
President, Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion - Choice Matters
 
Mary Joan Murphy, PNP-BC, MSN, MPH
Executive Director, Student Health & Wellness, Bernard College

 

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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, May 25, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” By Rick Perlstein, The NY Times Magazine, 4/11/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/magazine/i-thought-i-understood-the-american-right-trump-proved-me-wrong.html
 
 

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 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Matthew Benson: "Doing Our Part: The Ethical Steps We Can Personally Take to Slow and Reverse Climate Change"
Sunday Meeting - Matthew Benson: "Doing Our Part: The Ethical Steps We Can Personally Take to Slow and Reverse Climate Change"
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Matthew Benson
Larry Hurst presides

Matthew Benson will lead a deep dive into how the choices we make everyday regarding our habits, traditions and lifestyle impact the local and global environment and contribute to climate change. New and innovative data and recommendations will be given to the audience to take personal steps to live in greater ethical alignment; improve their health; lower their carbon footprint; and make a lifelong commitment to slow and reverse further global warming and adverse climate change.

How aligned are our habits and lifestyle with our ethical ideals? Is there a way we can simultaneously live more ethically; improve our health; and do our part to protect the environment and lower our carbon footprint? What steps can we take as individuals, families and communities to restore and clean our oceans, land and air do our part to forestall further adverse climate change?

This week's shared charity: The New York Solar Energy Society

Matthew Benson studied art and philosophy at Skidmore College and has a Masters degree in Fundraising Management and Nonprofit Development from Columbia University. He has worked with many nonprofits including Riverkeeper, the New York Solar Energy Society, City Harvest and many local and national political campaigns. He recently obtained a degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and coaches and lectures on life and health management and applying micro and macro lifestyle and diet modifications to advance community health and address climate change.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: No gathering.

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Caring Committee Meeting
Caring Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:30pm
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

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

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Book Launch - Malachy McCourt: "Death Need Not Be Fatal"
Book Launch - Malachy McCourt: "Death Need Not Be Fatal"
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Hosted by Death Cafe.
 
Before he runs out of time, Irish bon vivant MALACHY MCCOURT shares his views on death - sometimes hilarious and often poignant - and on what will or won't happen after his last breath is drawn.
 
In his book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, McCourt explores the role death has played and continues to play in his life and in the world. From the dead babies and starving children in the Limerick of his childhood, to Angela's famous ashes, to the deaths of McCourt's brothers Frank and Mike - and McCourt's own impending demise - the Grim Reaper has been a constant companion and reminder of what is important, and what's not.
 
McCourt writes that, as he draws closer to death, his perception of death has become crystal clear. When it occurs, he does not plan to pass away, pass on, or cross over. He's not going to make the supreme sacrifice or come to an untidy end; he is not going to be laid to rest, meet his maker, or go to his eternal reward. He is not going to breath his last, bite the dust, kick the bucket, or buy the farm; he's not going to turn up his toes, join the silent majority, become a landowner, take a dirt nap, push up daisies, play a harp, take a taxi, give up his ghost, feed the worms, enter the sweet hereafter, or shuffle off the mortal coil.
 
He plans to die.
 
MALACHY MCCOURT was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931, but grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He returned to the United States at the age of 20 where he says he "did a bit of dishwashing, long-shoring, military service, bartending, stage acting, and saloon owning." His greatest achievement of all is his 51-year marriage to his wife, Diana, who has blessed him with five children and eight grandchildren.