Event Calendar

January 2017

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by Adam Nagourney and Henry Fountain
The New York Times, 12/26/16

"How a Budget Chief Can Wreak Havoc"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 12/27/16

"Populism, Real and Phony"
by Paul Krugman
The New York Times, 12/23/16

"Wielding Claims of 'Fake News,' Conservatives Take Aim at Mainstream Media"
by Jeremy W. Peters
The New York Times, 12/25/16

"U.S. Senators Reassure Baltics of NATO Committment"
by Sewell Chan
The New York Times, 12/28/16

"Vera Rubin, Scientist Who Opened Door for Women and Explored Dark Matter"
by Dennis Overbye
The New York Times, 12/24/16

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Auditorium
POSTPONED - Ethics in Action: Police-community relations in NYC
POSTPONED - Ethics in Action: Police-community relations in NYC
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Auditorium

NOTICE

We regret to inform you that this event has been postponed to a later date due to a scheduling conflict with a key panelist. We have high hopes that this delay will enable us to host a discussion that fulfills the promise of Ethics in Action: To give New Yorkers unique and actionable information to meet today's ethical challenges.

We will announce the new date as soon as its confirmed. The next Ethics in Action series meeting is scheduled for February 9 and will focus on ethics and Wall Street.

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Ethics in Action NYC: Solutions for the Common Good When we put ethics at the core of meeting the challenges to solve even the toughest problems, we put deep and lasting solutions within our reach. The “Ethics in Action NYC” Initiative will convene a series of dialogues and public discussions covering relevant topics over the course of the next year here at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts
 
WANTS, Grace Paley (page 445); 
LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE, John Barth (page 270); 
TOMORROW AND TOMORROW AND SO FORTH, John Updike; 
CATHEDRAL, Raymond Carver; 
THE MAN FROM MARS, Margaret Atwood
 
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 we’ll be using through June, 2017, go to this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/literature-anthologies/....   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, January 5, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
A DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION
By George Packer
 
HEALTH OF THE NATION
By Atul Gawande
 
BRYANT PARK: A MEMOIR
By Hilary Mantel
 
FOUR-CORNERED FLYOVER
By Peter Hessler
 
 

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, January 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: Meditation
with Rob Hoffman
 

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 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Alien
Ethics in Film: Alien
Friday, January 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Ridley Scott
 
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform.
Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
 
Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 8, 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: Can There Be a Moral Economy?
Sunday Meeting: Can There Be a Moral Economy?
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Dr. Richard Koral, Leader
Pat Debrovner presides

While we live in a time of great wealth and plenty, poverty and hunger persist.  What about inequality is inevitable?  Is there a modern model of ethical distribution?

Shared charity of the week: Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Animating Hopes for the year ahead! with special guest teacher Amy Reid and intern Samarwit Cavallaro!

11am-12:30 with children

Lunch 12:30-1:30 all kids eat for free

1:30pm-3:00 with tweens/teens

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 514
Ethical Action Committee - Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee - Open Meeting
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 514

The purpose of this committee is to engage the Ethical members and friends in actions that will help to eradicate injustice in our city, state, country and world — with the aim of making the world a safe, secure place where every person everywhere is treated with decency and fairness. This meeting is open to the public.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, January 8, 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, January 9, 2017 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
CANCELED: Stoic School of Life
CANCELED: Stoic School of Life
Monday, January 9, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508

NOTICE: THIS EVENT IS CANCELED.

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The School is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) to the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in Socratic discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, we will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome.

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani professor of philosophy at the City College of New York

This week's topic: Stoicism and the happy life

Suggested reading

 

 
 
6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 9, 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.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
POSTPONED: The Joy of Personal Writing
POSTPONED: The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

NOTICE: Tuesday's workshop has been postponed. The Tuesday series will begin next week, 1/17.

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-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, January 10, 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.

This week's videos:

https://www.ted.com/talks/camille_seaman_photos_from_a_storm_chaser

https://www.ted.com/talks/danny_dorling_maps_that_show_us_who_we_are_not_just_where_we_are

https://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_what_will_humans_look_like_in_100_years

https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal

https://www.ted.com/talks/frans_lanting_photos_that_give_voice_to_the_animal_kingdom

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Movie Screening: "Before The Flood"
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Movie Screening: "Before The Flood"
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

Join 350NYC for a screening of “Before the Flood” followed by a discussion.

This film by Leonardo DiCaprio takes a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

https://www.beforetheflood.com/

We'll be using the Ceremonial Hall for this movie - it's a large room so feel free to share this event page and invite friends. The movie is free but your contribution of $3-$5 will be appreciated to help us cover the room rental fees. We all know about climate change but often feel powerless to make a difference. We will discuss how we can have an impact and contribute to the solutions, both personally and politically. Join us!

Movie will start promptly at 7pm. Come early to sign in, network, snack etc.
Organized by 350NYC Climate Education and Sustainable Solutions working group.

You can RSVP here via Action Network

Facebook Event

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Race and Ethnic Relations in the "Post-Racial" Society
Race and Ethnic Relations in the "Post-Racial" Society
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Moderator: Dr. Joseph Fashing
 
In the aftermath of the election of Barack Obama, many "experts" were declaring that we had entered a post-racial era. This series of discussions will attempt to evaluate the status of race and ethnic relations eight years later and to opine on what might be the future of race and ethnic relations in the United States. There will be a selection of readings on such issues as the state of minority education, drug policy, mass incarceration, police violence, etc., from a variety of perspectives.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 12, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
MOURNING FOR WHITENESS
By Toni Morrison
 
THE DARK-MONEY CABINET
By Jane Mayer
 
ON SAYING NO
By Evan Osnos
 
THE HIGHEST COURT
By Jeffrey Toobin
 
 

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 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, January 12, 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 nine-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 to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, January 12, 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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Caretaker
Ethics and the Theater: The Caretaker
Friday, January 13, 2017 -
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 Caretaker by Harold Pinter

The Caretaker is an absurd, menacing, savagely funny pas de trois among Aston, his street-tough brother Mick, and Davies (aka Jenkins), a homeless man Aston invites into his flat one night. As Davies strives to find his footing in this threesome, they engage in a cruelly comic choreography in which partnerships are formed, feigned, broken, and wielded as weapons

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
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Let’s celebrate the New Year with the  lines, rhythms and stanzas you love to share. 

 

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 15, 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: MLK, Jr. Remembrance
Sunday Meeting: MLK, Jr. Remembrance
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Jason Warwin
Dr. Ann Klaeysen, Leader presides

Every year we honor the memory of Dr. King with a presentation by an individual and/or organization that carries on his legacy. Jason Warwin, co-founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol and alumnus of The Encampment for Citizenship, is an expert in the field of youth development and a specialist in the design of transformative programs and experiences. With Khary Lazarre-White, he created programs that directly support the development of Black and Latino youth in the Americas. 

Over the years Jason has received numerous awards including an Echoing Green Fellowship, the Community Works’ Long Walk to Freedom Award for a New Generation of Civil Rights Activists, the Fund for the City of New York’s Union Square Award for Grassroots Organizing, the Brown University Alumni Association’s inaugural John Hope Young Alumni Public Service Award, the Abyssinian Development Corporation’s Harlem Renaissance Award, the Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Use Your Life Award and the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award.

Shared charity of the week: The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Visual artist Jesse Bowers joins our children to create alternative images for the #NoMoreBlackTargets campaign that will be launched on Wednesday evening, 1/25.

11am-12:30 with children

Lunch 12:30-1:30 all kids eat for free

1:30pm-3:00 with tweens/teens

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, January 17, 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 nine-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 8:30 PM
Leader's Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Café
Massimo's Philosophy Café
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Café is run by Massimo Pigliucci, and it's based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme facilitated by Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani professor of philosophy at the City College of New York

This week's topic: The philosophy of human races

Suggested reading

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508

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, January 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
DONALD TRUMP, POET
By Mary Karr
 
WARS WITHIN
By Jill Lepore
 
DYSTOPIA
By Gary Shteyngart
 
DAYS OF RAGE
By Nicholas Lemann
 
 

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

 
 
5:00 PM
NOTICE: BUILDING CLOSED AT 5PM
NOTICE: BUILDING CLOSED AT 5PM
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Due to a major protest outside of Trump Hotel scheduled for this evening, our building will be closed after 5pm. All evening programming will be rescheduled.

Please contact Communications Manager Ed Beck at ebeck [at] nysec [dot] org if you have any questions.

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
POSTPONED - Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
POSTPONED - Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: Vision care for seniors.
 
EEE is pleased to have Dr. Shandor Zelenger, OD discuss this topic.
 
Dr. Zelenger is presenting to EEE courtesy of the SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan.
 

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 #.  

 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
POSTPONED - Food & Water Watch
POSTPONED - Food & Water Watch
Thursday, January 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Resist! Volunteer Meeting

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
Adler Study, Room 514
POSTPONED - Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
POSTPONED - Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) works to expose and correct abusive police tactics that routinely and disproportionately do harm to our city’s low-income communities and people of color.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
POSTPONED - The Joy of Personal Writing
POSTPONED - The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, January 19, 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 nine-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 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: John Wilmeth & Steph Walker
The Music Café at Ethical: John Wilmeth & Steph Walker
Friday, January 20, 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 relax, unwind, and enjoy music, refreshments, and good company.
 
Jazz pianist John Wilmeth and jazz vocalist Steph Walker bring us a bevy of talent on this fun “Open Mic Nite.”   
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson
The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson
Saturday, January 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

The documentary film, "The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson" gives insight into the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, one of the most prescient protagonists for preserving the living earth. Her life and legacy are framed by participants in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. The discussion following the film will focus on the importance of individual voices in bringing the precautionary principle to the front of public policy. Rachel Carson's environmental ethic offers a framework for making decisions about the care and future of our living planet.

 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 22, 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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: Climate Change as a Moral Imperative
Sunday Meeting: Climate Change as a Moral Imperative
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Patricia M. DeMarco
Monica Weiss presides

Earth bears the scars from 150 years of industrialization. To transition quickly from an economy that depends on fossil material - oil, gas and coal, synthetic chemicals - to a system that operates on a renewable and sustainable base requires a commitment to the well-being of future generations. In the 21st century, the cumulative consequences of human behavior now threaten the viability of all life on earth. The window of opportunity to change direction may be very narrow, the remaining time to take a corrective course, very brief. The way forward requires a moral commitment to preserve the living earth for the future, not a set of technical options.

Shared charity of the week: Thomas Merton Center

The Thomas Merton Center works to build a consciousness of values and to raise the moral questions involved in the issues of war, poverty, racism, classism, economic justice, human rights, and environmental justice. TMC engages people of diverse philosophies and faiths who find common ground in the nonviolent struggle to bring about a more peaceful and just world.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Young activists stand up!

11am-12:30 with children

Lunch 12:30-1:30 all kids eat for free

1:30pm-3:00 with tweens/teens

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, January 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The School is inspired (with a bit of immodesty) to the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics and engaged in Socratic discussions with people interested in what they had to say. In our case, we will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome.

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani professor of philosophy at the City College of New York

This week's topic: Stoic practical advice for everyday living

Suggested reading

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
Room 514
 
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, January 24, 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 nine-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, January 24, 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, January 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by M. Forsythe
The New York Times, 1/6/17

"With All Due Disrespect"
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 1/16/17

"Online and Scared"
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 1/11/17

"Trump: Kremlin Employee of the Month?"
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 1/15/17

"Bannon Versus Trump"
by D. Brooks
The New York Times, 1/10/17

"Trump's Undermining of the Press"
by L. Downie
The New York Times, 1/14/17

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Resist! Volunteer Meeting

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. 

 
 
11:00 AM
Auditorium
Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Memorial
Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Memorial
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:00am
Auditorium

Our trustee, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, was an inspiration to all of us. Her work as chair of the Social Service Board will be her living legacy. She was a dear friend and wise mentor to countless people, who will cherish her memory and carry her in their hearts always.

Her memorial will be held in our meeting house auditorium on Wednesday, January 25 at 11am.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, January 25, 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. 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Auditorium
No More Black Targets
No More Black Targets
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium

Subconscious bias can be deadly and it is contributing to one of violence in America. Studies conducted at the University of Illinois on “trigger bias” found that when shown a realistic human target, shooters are more likely to pull the trigger when the target was black. Shooters weren’t just faster to shoot at black targets, they were also more likely to fire at a black target. #NoMoreBlackTargets is a campaign with a simple goal: to eliminate the use of human black targets for people learning to shoot - in police academies, on shooting ranges, anywhere someone is learning to use a firearm.

A movement driven by artistic redefinitions of the human black targets – reinventing targets through a range of art and supported by vocal influencers and celebrities – will be launched at ETHICAL. Be sure to join us for an evening of art, music, discussion and planning the future together. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC General Public Meeting
350NYC General Public Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 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, January 26, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
THE BIRTHER OF A NATION
By Larry Wilmore
 
ON THE STREETS
By Jia Tolentino
 
IN CHARACTER
By Mark Singer
 
RADICAL HOPE
By Junot Díaz
 
 

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 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, January 26, 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 nine-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 to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, January 26, 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.

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Comedy Corner at Ethical
Comedy Corner at Ethical
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Laughter is the best medicine. Scott Blakeman, an original member of Laughing Liberally, New York's longest-running political comedy show, and most recently the resident comedian on MSNBC's live coverage of the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner, hosts our first show of the New Year, and of the new administration in Washington. Joining Scott will be two other political comedians who perform regularly at Laughing Liberally shows.
 
Equally adept at satirizing the State of the Union and the state of his own affairs, Marc Gerber has been featured on CNN's Running Mate podcast, NBC, MTV, and in The New York Post.
 
Sixteen year-old Simon Cadel has been performing professionally since he was 12, on the New York City comedy circut as well as in San Francisco and Toronto. He's a star on the new sitcom, "Raising Expectations."
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 29, 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, January 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Creating the future

11am-12:30 with children

Lunch 12:30-1:30 all kids eat for free

1:30pm-3:00 with tweens/teens

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: What is Truth?
Sunday Meeting: What is Truth?
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Dr. Joe Chuman, Leader
Kathleen O'Connell presides

Basic to any society is that the people who comprise it have an appreciation for the truth and honestly attempt to communicate with others truthfully. It should be clear that, if when asked, we all responded with lies, society would in short order erode. We rest on the assumption of truth and truthfulness unless matters are proven otherwise.

 But here we encounter Donald Trump, who spurns truth and truthfulness with abandon, and the phenomenon of "fake news" which substitutes falsehoods for facts. The occurrences have consequences far beyond winning an election or confounding the news industry. They are ominous developments that inspire reflection anew on the question of what constitutes truth and the relationship of truth to power.

Shared charity of the week: Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science – Alan Turing & the Birth of Computer Science
Speaking of Science – Alan Turing & the Birth of Computer Science
Monday, January 30, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Professor Christopher Bernhardt
 
Author of “Turing’s Vision, The Birth of Computer Science” will discuss with us a remarkable paper of Alan Turing, which introduces many of the ideas that underlie all modern computers. (In the days of the past, a computer was a person who computed.) Don’t miss this exciting look into the mathematical and logical brilliance of Turing and the fascinating steps involved in the development of computer science.
 
Christopher Bernhardt has a BA in Pure Mathematics, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Warwick. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Fairfield University, Conn. His many research papers have been in the field of discrete dynamical systems and combinatorial dynamics. “Turing’s Vision” was published in May this year.

 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, January 31, 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 nine-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 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
Breaking Down the Walls: Muslims and Latinos in a Divided America
Breaking Down the Walls: Muslims and Latinos in a Divided America
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

Click Here to RSVP (FREE)

Ethical Culture Fieldston School student Amir Mustefa and Friends Seminary sophomore Martín Wilkinson have planned a panel discussion that aims to raise awareness on the plight of Muslims and Latinos in an increasingly divided United States.

The students have even gone one step further by creating an alliance, open to high school students, that will work to protect the human rights of Muslims, Latinos, and others marginalized by fear and hate.

A panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, 1/31 from 6-8 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The event is co-sponsored by: Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Friends Seminary, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Panelists:

Moustafa Bayoumi - Professor of English, Brooklyn College. Author of This Muslim American Life: Dispatches From the War on Terror

Chaumtoli Huq - Social Justice Lawyer, Professor

Heather Axford - Attorney, Central American Legal Assistance

Ydanis Rodriguez - New York City Council Member; Chair, Transportation Committee