Event Calendar

July 2014

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussions on ISIS and SISIWhy two Arab governing models are doomed? Article by Thomas Friedman, The NY Times, 6/25/14. "The Human Rights Revolution or Reformation Occurring Around the World." "How can we push it forward faster? Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, but Injustice abounds everywhere.

 

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, July 2, 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.

 

 
 
Thursday, July 3, 2014 (All day) No Leader Lunch Discussion today
No Leader Lunch Discussion today
Thursday, July 3, 2014 (All day)
NO DISCUSSION - Happy Fourth of July! 

 

 
 
Friday, July 4, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Friday, July 4, 2014 (All day)

Independence Day

 
 
 
 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting -The Tree of Knowledge: Celebrating the Roots of Humanism
Sunday Meeting -The Tree of Knowledge: Celebrating the Roots of Humanism
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Hugh Taft-Morales
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

The Tree of Knowledge: Celebrating the Roots of Humanism

The roots of humanism run deep in many written traditions – from ancient religions to ancient Greece, from the middle ages to the renaissance to the enlightenment to today. Humanists revere many books - books of faith and skepticism, knowledge and opinion. Libraries serve as sacred humanist sites. Fearful of reason and reading, intolerant mobs have burned books and destroyed libraries in the vain hope of cutting the roots of the tree of knowledge. Thankfully, freethinkers and scholars have kept this tree alive. Join Hugh Taft-Morales as he explores this hostility towards knowledge and celebrates the liberating power of books. 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hugh Taft-Morales graduated from Yale University in 1979 and earned a Masters in Philosophy from University of Kent at Canterbury. He taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, DC, after which he transitioned into Ethical Culture Leadership. He served on the Board of the Washington Ethical Society from 2002-2006, the last year as president. In April of 2009 he graduated from the Humanist Institute and was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader by the American Ethical Union (AEU) in 2010.

He currently is leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and the Baltimore Ethical Society. He serves as Secretary of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union and is editor of the AEU’s Ethical Action Report.

Hugh lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife, Maureen, a Latin American analyst for the Congressional Research Service. They have three wonderful children – Sean (27), Maya (21), and Justin (18). Hugh's hobbies include yoga, singing and playing guitar, and "watching way too much sports."

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, July 6, 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
Adler Study, Room 514
Sunday Assembly
Sunday Assembly
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
In July, we're taking a small break and using our first Sunday to talk about ways you can volunteer. Everyone is welcome and coffee and cookies are still happening!
 
 
Hosted by: Michael Trollan (Co-Organizer), and Justina Walford (Organizer)

 

 
 
 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, July 9, 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 9:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff Presides
 
Reading The Epic of Gilgamesh in the Norton Critical Edition
 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Tiananmen, Forgotten” by Helen Gao, The NY Times, 6/3/14 and “The Ghosts of Tiananmen Square” by Ian Johnson, The NY Review of Books, 6/5/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Leaders’ Office, or you can read online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
 
5:00 PM
Ethical Sleepovers
Ethical Sleepovers
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 5:00pm

 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Place2Place Partnerships Across Inequalities: Brooklyn Bridges to Léogane Haiti 2014
Sunday Meeting - Place2Place Partnerships Across Inequalities: Brooklyn Bridges to Léogane Haiti 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lisel Burns, Clergy Leader Emerita
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 

"The entire world is a very narrow bridge" -- Rabbi Nachman

"Tout Moun Se Moun" -- All People Are People" -- Haitian Proverb

Lisel Burns is the Clergy Leader Emerita of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. She owns a small guesthouse, Communitybegood, which donates 30 percent of its fees to Haitian partners. She is a longtime community organizer and trainer who works in five world regions with grassroots women leaders in community development and their NGO partners. Continuing BSEC's long ties with a self-help community in quake-ravaged Leogane, Haiti, Lisel travels there quarterly to work with townspeople reconstructing their lives under difficult circumstances.

Lisel is currently exploring a local-to-local partnership campaign between the interfaith social justice network in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the Haitian-led Neges community outside Leogane (www.negesfoundation.org<http://www.negesfoundation.org>). She co-chairs the national Ethical Action committee of the American Ethical Union. For more info and photos go to: www.communitybegood.com<http://www.communitybegood.com/>.

 

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Deepening Ethical Circles
Deepening Ethical Circles
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
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, used at other Ethical societies, provide an opportunity for members to explore their deepest understanding of life in community. This summer we will learn this practice of sharing and form intentional groups that will continue in the fall.

 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering the 99%
Empowering the 99%
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 

In September of 2011, the phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street introduced new economic language: 1% of the population are wealthy, and 99% struggle to make a living. A report released by Oxfam in January 2014 revealed that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion - or half the world's population. It is clear from this report, as well as studies conducted by U.S. economists Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, among others, that we face a gross disparity. How do we address it? What can we do? One way is to participate in the national campaign for a living wage. Workers across the country are standing up for their rights to support themselves and their families. This workshop will provide materials to help participants understand what is at stake and connect them with local individuals and organizations they can support. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion.
 
This Week:

The Humanist Manifesto I revisited.

Does it hold up 80 years later?

If not; why not?

How does Humanist Power work?

 

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, July 16, 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, July 16, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Critics are Questioning American Military Credo of Leaving No One Behind” by Eric Schmitt, Mark Mazzetti and Peter Baker, The NY Times, 6/3/14; “Inside the Obama Administration’s Debate Over Freeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl” by Adam Goldman and Scott Wilson, The Washington Post, 6/3/14; and “America’s Last Prisoner of War” by Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone, 6/7/12.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Leaders’ Office, or you can read online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Carolyn Halpin-Healy - Executive Director Arts & Minds, Studio Museum of Harlem.

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

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Empowering the 99%
Empowering the 99%
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides

In September of 2011, the phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street introduced new economic language: 1% of the population are wealthy, and 99% struggle to make a living. A report released by Oxfam in January 2014 revealed that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion - or half the world's population. It is clear from this report, as well as studies conducted by U.S. economists Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, among others, that we face a gross disparity. How do we address it? What can we do? One way is to participate in the national campaign for a living wage. Workers across the country are standing up for their rights to support themselves and their families. This workshop will provide materials to help participants understand what is at stake and connect them with local individuals and organizations they can support. 

 

 

 
 
 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - A Tribute to Our Progressive, Conservationist President
Sunday Meeting - A Tribute to Our Progressive, Conservationist President
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Gerald Ranck
Patricia Bruder Debrovner Presides
 

Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man to assume the office of the presidency, but his experience and his passionate, unquenchable energy rendered him uniquely qualified. Born into a wealthy New York family, he nonetheless took on the ruthless "robber barons" of the Gilded Age, subjecting them to regulation and tax justice. But his greatest achievement has to lie in the area of conservation: in a stunning burst of executive brio, he established game preserves, national parks (including the Grand Canyon), and federally protected lands equal to the area of Maine to Florida. His progressive ideals and immense scholarship have left an indelible mark on American life to this day. Because the problems and obstacles he faced and largely overcame are eerily similar to those we confront today, it is high time we remembered his accomplishments, and paid tribute to his invaluable presidency.
 

 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering the 99%
Empowering the 99%
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 

In September of 2011, the phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street introduced new economic language: 1% of the population are wealthy, and 99% struggle to make a living. A report released by Oxfam in January 2014 revealed that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion - or half the world's population. It is clear from this report, as well as studies conducted by U.S. economists Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, among others, that we face a gross disparity. How do we address it? What can we do? One way is to participate in the national campaign for a living wage. Workers across the country are standing up for their rights to support themselves and their families. This workshop will provide materials to help participants understand what is at stake and connect them with local individuals and organizations they can support. 

 

 
 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, July 23, 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.

 

 
 
2:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Get Happy!
Get Happy!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Sandi Sacks, NYSEC member and social worker 

What is happiness? Can we learn to be happy? This life-enhancing series focuses on the factors that contribute to the experience of momentary joy and long-term sustained happiness. Participants will learn about dynamic behavioral, cognitive, and physiological approaches to achieve greater happiness. Recent significant research in the fields of positive and cognitive psychology and neuroscience as well as the inspiration of great philosophers are the foundation of this series taught by Sandi Sacks.
 
  
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Ottomania: A hit TV show reimagines Turkey’s imperial past” by Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 2/17 & 24/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Leaders’ Office, or you can read online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Empowering the 99%
Empowering the 99%
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides

In September of 2011, the phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street introduced new economic language: 1% of the population are wealthy, and 99% struggle to make a living. A report released by Oxfam in January 2014 revealed that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion - or half the world's population. It is clear from this report, as well as studies conducted by U.S. economists Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, among others, that we face a gross disparity. How do we address it? What can we do? One way is to participate in the national campaign for a living wage. Workers across the country are standing up for their rights to support themselves and their families. This workshop will provide materials to help participants understand what is at stake and connect them with local individuals and organizations they can support. 

 
 
 
5:00 PM
Ethical Sleepover
Ethical Sleepover
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 5:00pm
 

 
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10:15 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Social Gathering with refreshments
Social Gathering with refreshments
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:15am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Coffee, Tea, Bagels, etc.

 
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Painting Sunlight
Sunday Meeting - Painting Sunlight
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Mary Herman, AEU Leader
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives, and yet, artistic expression is often misunderstood--seen as the icing on the cake of life rather than an essential vein of human experience. The creative process requires courage, persistence, the ability to look at the world without blinders on and to observe and withstand what one sees. In order to be creative, we sometimes have to fling ourselves off the ledge of rationality-- to break through the boundaries of the expected and enter into the frontier of the unexpected—and with sometimes revolutionary results. The poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, once “asked a hundred painters and a hundred poets how to paint sunlight on the face of life.” Art flows, like air. Join us as we consider how creativity and imagination are fostered and hindered by the choices we make about how we engage with life, and how we can allow the spark of creativity to awaken us to new possibilities.

As a 34-year member of the Washington Ethical Society and professional AEU Leader since 2010, Mary Herman has a long-standing commitment to Ethical Culture and the future of our movement. She co-chaired the 2013 AEU Assembly in Virginia and will serve on the staff of the 2014 summer school. She holds a master's degree in Human Development and two bachelor's degrees, one in Fine Arts and the other in Psychology, and is a graduate of the Humanist Institute in New York. Mary lives in Silver Spring with her husband, Gene. They have two grown daughters, Arianna and Emily. 

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Deepening Ethical Circles
Deepening Ethical Circles
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
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, used at other Ethical societies, provide an opportunity for members to explore their deepest understanding of life in community. This summer we will learn this practice of sharing and form intentional groups that will continue in the fall.

 
 
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering the 99%
Empowering the 99%
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides

In September of 2011, the phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street introduced new economic language: 1% of the population are wealthy, and 99% struggle to make a living. A report released by Oxfam in January 2014 revealed that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion - or half the world's population. It is clear from this report, as well as studies conducted by U.S. economists Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, among others, that we face a gross disparity. How do we address it? What can we do? One way is to participate in the national campaign for a living wage. Workers across the country are standing up for their rights to support themselves and their families. This workshop will provide materials to help participants understand what is at stake and connect them with local individuals and organizations they can support. 

 

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
We’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
We’ll read the selections together and then we’ll be discussing the important points the writers were striving to stress. This will be a great way to explore the classic environmental literature.
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Led by Elaine Berman Gurney
 
These classes are open to all who want to try personal writing.To register, or for more information:contact Gloria Chandler at gchandler@nysec.org or 212.874.5210 x117. 
 

 

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Social Service Board
Social Service Board
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, July 30, 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.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Parents’ Nightmare: Futile Race to Stop Killings” by Adam Nagourney, 5/25/14 and “Campus Killings Set Off Anguished Conversation About the Treatment of Women” by Jennifer Medina, 5/26/14, The NY Times and “Elliot Rodger and Poisonous Ideals of Masculinity” by Noah Berlatsky and “Confusing Mental-Health Intervention and Violence Prevention” by Jeff Deeney, The Atlantic, May 2014.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Moe-Swe Myint, ext. 113 – or online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Judith Grimaldi, Esq.
Grimaldi & Yeung, LLP
 

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

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Empowering the 99%
Empowering the 99%
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides

In September of 2011, the phenomenon known as Occupy Wall Street introduced new economic language: 1% of the population are wealthy, and 99% struggle to make a living. A report released by Oxfam in January 2014 revealed that the 85 wealthiest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion - or half the world's population. It is clear from this report, as well as studies conducted by U.S. economists Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, among others, that we face a gross disparity. How do we address it? What can we do? One way is to participate in the national campaign for a living wage. Workers across the country are standing up for their rights to support themselves and their families. This workshop will provide materials to help participants understand what is at stake and connect them with local individuals and organizations they can support.