Event Calendar

November 2014

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9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:45am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Appreciative Inquiry: An Ethical Approach to Life's Challenges
Sunday Meeting - Appreciative Inquiry: An Ethical Approach to Life's Challenges
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Richard Van Deusen Presides
 

We often focus on what is wrong or broken and try to fix it. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, do a diagnosis and find a solution. Appreciative inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations and the world around them. It involves a discovery of what gives us life when we are most effective, capable and engaged. Together we can strengthen our capacity for positive potential.

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Happy Bones Festival -- Open to the public -- All Families are welcome
 
 

Click here for fun animation of 

Happy Bones Festival

RSVP's welcome at EthicsForChildren@NYSEC.org

You are welcome to spread the word and invite friends.

You are welcome to bring a picture of a 

family "ancestor" 

to dance with.

Followed by community lunch.

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 508
Deepening Ethical Circles
Deepening Ethical Circles
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Room 508
Dr. Anne Klaeysen moderator
 

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

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 

Info./ Planning Sessions: free and open to all interested - An individualized learning journey for maturing tweens & teens, culminating in ceremony & celebration. Please RSVP to: EthicsforTeens@NYSEC.org.

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

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

 

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for stimulating discussions on: "Toward Better Teachers," by Frank Bruni, The New York Times, 10/29/14, and "ISIS and Vietnam," by Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, 10/29/14.
 

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
"How to Stop Time" by Anna Della Subin, The NY Times, 9/26/14; "The Procrastination Doom Loop - and How to Break It" by Derek Thompson, 8/26/14, "Precrastination: Worse Than Procrastination" by Olga Khazan, 9/24/14, and "Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators" by Megan McArdle, 2/12/14, The Atlantic.
 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 

 
 
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Larry Schiff  
 
This month we will be reading: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. 
 
For the school year beginning September 2014 we will continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 PM and we will be using readings from the Great Books Foundation—their First Series. It contains selections from  Checkov (“Rothchild’s Fiddle”), Aristotle (“On Happiness”), Plato (“Apology”), Conrad (“Heart of Darkness”), Kant (“Conscience”), Marx (“Alienated Labor”), The Bible (Genesis), Freud (“On Civilization”), Roseau (“The Social Contract”), Darwin (“The Moral Sense of Man”), Shakespeare “Othello”), Hume (“Of Justice and Injustice”), Tocqueville (“The Power of the Majority”), Simmel (“Individual Freedom”), and Sophocles (“Antigone”).

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"How to Stop Time" by Anna Della Subin, The NY Times, 9/26/14; "The Procrastination Doom Loop - and How to Break It" by Derek Thompson, 8/26/14, "Precrastination: Worse Than Procrastination" by Olga Khazan, 9/24/14, and "Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators" by Megan McArdle, 2/12/14, The Atlantic.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ann Wyatt Residential Care Policy, Alzheimer’s Association
 

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

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Ethics in Film - A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Ethics in Film - A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Moderator: Chris Everett 

Directed by Ron Howard

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally – late in life – received the Nobel Prize. 

 

 

 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Topic: "Envy"
Abe Markman Presides
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - I'm Spiritual But Not Religious
Sunday Meeting - I'm Spiritual But Not Religious
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader
Dr. Kathleen O'Connell Presides
 

Twenty percent of Americans now claim to have "no religion" but fewer than six percent profess to be atheists. Hence we can assume that the balance entertains beliefs of some kind which they would consider "spiritual." Indeed, the mantra of "I am spiritual but not religious" has been with us for several decades. But what more precisely does this mean? Indeed, it can mean many things, some of which I will discuss in my November address including approaches to spirituality which may be appropriate for Ethical Culture.

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Led by Audrey Kindred and special guest teacher: environmentalist/biophile, Andrew Jacobs
 

Theme: "Ethical Body -- Kind Mind"

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Abe Markman Presides
 
From November until March 2015, nominations will be accepted for the five most Ethical persons in the news. 
 
 
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 

"How you relate to death is the key spiritual work of aging."  Zalman Schachter 

Accepting Our Calling

 Our worth of being on the planet at this time cannot be judged as we are all worthy and essential to being here now.

The issue of worthiness may come up in many areas of our lives, as we ask, often unconsciously, whether we are worthy of love, happiness, and countless other things, from supportive relationships to a beautiful home.

In the end, though, it all comes down to one thing: our willingness to claim our space in this life as humans on this planet at this time.

There are no replacements who can take over and live our lives for us, no other person who has had the experiences we have had, who has access to the same resources and relationships, who carries the same message to share with the world. Our purpose may be large or small, and in most cases it is multi-leveled, with important actions taking place on the interpersonal level, as well as in terms of the work we do in the world. 

Small acts of kindness share the stage with large acts of sacrifice

Ultimately, we are all equally, exactly, completely worthy of being here in this life. Moreover, we are all essential to the unfolding plan of which we are each one small, but important, part.

If we suffer from low self worth, it is because we have lost track of understanding this truth, and allowing it to guide our actions in the world. Seeing ourselves as part of something larger, as beings called to serve, is the ultimate cure for feelings of unworthiness.

In the end, it’s not about evaluating ourselves as worthy or unworthy, so much as it’s about accepting that we have been called here to serve and taking the steps required to listen and respond to what our lives are asking us to do. 

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens
Ethics for Teens
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Creativity Creep" by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 9/2/14, and "Secrets of the Creative Mind" by Nancy C. Andreasen, The Atlantic, 6/25/14.
 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Creativity Creep" by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 9/2/14, and "Secrets of the Creative Mind" by Nancy C. Andreasen, The Atlantic, 6/25/14.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

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

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater
Ethics and the Theater
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 
Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Art by Yasmina Reza. Who says there’s no disputing about taste? Certainly not the three characters in this play, who, even as they try to call timeout, can’t stop debating the merits of a large and very expensive white-on-white painting one of them has bought. The men can’t even agree on whether it is actually white or just very pale. As the argument becomes heated to the point of comic hysteria, it exposes other hitherto hidden disagreements and disapprovals, leading all to question the past, not to mention the future, of their friendship.
 
Richard Van Deusen directs. Cast: Brian J. Carter, Chris Kipiniak, and Jake Robards.
 
After the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.
 
 
7:30 PM
Auditorium
Sounds of Hope
Sounds of Hope
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
Auditorium

 
 
10:00 AM
Auditorium
Memorial Service for Dr. Howard B. Radest
Memorial Service for Dr. Howard B. Radest
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am
Auditorium
Dr. Howard B. Radest died during the evening on Saturday, October 11. Howard was a graduate of Columbia University whose doctoral dissertation was about the educational philosophy of the founder of Ethical Culture, Felix Adler.
 

Howard lived a life of Humanism and was actively involved with the Ethical Culture Movement for over seven decades. Following graduation, he became the founding Leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County from 1956-1963. He was later the Executive Director of the American Ethical Union and one of the Presidents of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. During his tenure as Executive Director, he published his first book, "Toward Common Ground: The Story of the Ethical Societies in the United States." He continued to write several books and articles on humanism, ethics, and Ethical Culture.

Howard served as Director of the Ethical Culture Schools, founded the Moral Education Center at Columbia University, was a founder and Dean of the Humanist Institute, a lecturer with Highlands Institute in North Carolina, a professor of medical ethics at South Carolina University, a senior fellow with the Institute for Humanist Studies, and Chairman of the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Perhaps no other person has made a greater contribution to building and sustaining institutions within Ethical Culture and the Humanist world over the past half-century. All of us who cherish Ethical Culture are incalculably in his debt. Howard is survived by Rita, his wife, sons Rob and Michael, their wives, and numerous grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

-- The Humanist Institute (write "The Rita Radest Scholarship Fund" in the memo field and mail to The Humanist Institute, PMB #220 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN 55437-4712)

        -- The American Ethical Union (visit aeu.org and click "Support the AEU" and check the box under Tribute Gift

 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
Discussion of John Lennon’s Imagine and Sylvia Plath’s Daddy.  Both texts can be found online.
 
 
9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 9:45am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Fossil Fuel Divestment Activist
Sunday Meeting - Fossil Fuel Divestment Activist
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Steve Knight
Monica Weiss Presides
 

I will be speaking to NYSEC on my involvement as a fossil fuel divestment activist, which I pursue within both faith-centered (GreenFaith) and secular (350NYC) communities. Among the questions I hope to address are: Why are we in a time of climate crisis? Why is divestment a sound strategy for those concerned with this crisis? Why is divestment and reinvestment a path to hope for the future of the Earth?

Steve is a long-time Manhattan resident with previous work experience as both a college English instructor and in the financial services industry. He is a member of an Episcopal congregation on the Upper East Side, where he has served as a senior board member and is a cofounder of their peace and restorative justice ministry. In 2012-13 he was a fellow in GreenFaith, an interfaith religious environmental organization, where he took a leadership role in their Divest & Reinvest Now! campaign. He has also been active in 350NYC's divestment group, and is founder and facilitator of a monthly NYC-area meet-up, Religious Communities for Divestment & Reinvestment.

 

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Room 508
Led by Audrey Kindred and special guest teacher: environmentalist/biophile, Andrew Jacobs
 
 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Life with Health
Life with Health
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

Find out who we are and what we do. Ask us about Ethical Culture - our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership.  Please email aklaeysen@nysec.org, or call 212-874-5210 x119 in advance to attend.   

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Dinner Discussion
Leader Dinner Discussion
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Gender Equality Is Your Issue, Too" by Emma Watson, UN Women (unwomen.org), 9/20/14; "15-year-old boy's 'magnificent' letter about Emma Watson's UN speech" by Rachel Jones, Telegraph, 9/28/14; and "Threatened by Beyonce, Emma Watson and the Feminist Movement? Good." by Susan Rohwer, LA Times, 10/1/14.
 

Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 502
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Room 502
Moderator Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman
 

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

 

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

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
"Gender Equality Is Your Issue, Too" by Emma Watson, UN Women (unwomen.org), 9/20/14; "15-year-old boy's 'magnificent' letter about Emma Watson's UN speech" by Rachel Jones, Telegraph, 9/28/14; and "Threatened by Beyonce, Emma Watson and the Feminist Movement? Good." by Susan Rohwer, LA Times, 10/1/14.
 
Bring your dinner and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Deborah Foster in the Leaders' office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch. 
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Micki Zucker, MSW, ACSW, CASWCM
Geriatric Care Manager, Directions In Aging
 

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

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

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

 
 
 
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11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Led by Audrey Kindred
 

Gratitude and Giving Festival -- these themes come alive with special projects and songs -- welcomes new families to visit and have Ethical fun!

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Three Conversations About Street Art
Sunday Meeting - Three Conversations About Street Art
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curt Collier, Leader
Tom Weishaar Presides
 

Noted mosaic artist Haifa Bint-Kadi joins environmentalist Curt Collier to discuss the role of street art in furthering social and environmental justice and as a mechanism for expressing the wants and needs of a community. Bint-Kadi is the founder of Community Engagement Through the Arts, C.E.T.T.A., an initiative of Groundwork Hudson Valley that uses a community arts model and a grassroots approach in using art to address community needs. Together Collier and Bint-Kadi will address the impact and critique of street art from Banksy to neighborhood graffitist.

 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall
Curt Collier, Leader Presides
 

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

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Ethics for Teens - Teen Deed Club
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

RSVP for Teen Deed Club at EthicsForTeens@NYSEC.org. Meet on 5th fl.

 
 
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Human Morality: Its Origins and Resilience
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

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

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology
Readings in Deep Ecology
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
We will explore selections from famous environmental authors, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, Michael Pollan, Rachel Carson, Richard Louv, Edward Abbey and Jane Goodall. This is a great way to cover classic environmental literature. 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for stimulating discussions on: "Friedman on the Middle East," The New York Times, 11/19/14, 11/12/14; "World Briefing on Salvery," 11/18; "Global Population of Youth," 11/18; "The Dangerous Coal Rush in India," 11/18; and "Rothmer: Inequality Gets Worse," 11/17.
 

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Dr. Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
Thursday, November 27, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Thursday, November 27, 2014 (All day)

Thanksgiving Day

 
 
Friday, November 28, 2014 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Friday, November 28, 2014 (All day)
 
 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Coffee 'n Chat
Coffee 'n Chat
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 9:45am
Room 508
Meet with trustee Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross to discuss “Deeds.”  
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Sunday Meeting - Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader, Presides
 

Life isn't fair—and neither is this. At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. 

Join us on Sunday, November 30, at 11 am in Ceremonial Hall as we raise awareness about world hunger. When guests arrive, they draw tickets at random that assign each to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier—based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal. The 20 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 30 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water. Leader Anne Klaeysen will guide participants through the interactive event. Finally, all guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal and to take action to right the wrong of poverty.

In 1970, a group of volunteers founded Oxfam America in response to the humanitarian crisis created by the fight for independence in Bangladesh. Then, on the Thursday before Thanksgiving 1974, something quite remarkable happened. Responding to Oxfam’s call, 250,000 people nationwide participated in the first Oxfam America Fast for a World Harvest; they fasted for the day or for a meal, raising awareness about hunger and donating their food money to Oxfam. So began a national movement to alleviate hunger and poverty in our world.

 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Oxfam Banquet!!!! All ages! (Newcomers welome)
 

Maggie Raymond, theater artist, will join us in this celebration.Theatrical learning about food's distribution and consumption in our world.  A vivid understanding of global economics through group enactment. Followed by a lunch of equality and fellowship

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Between The Folds Documentary!
Between The Folds Documentary!
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ethics for Teens
Ethics for Teens
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Our teen program is canceled for today but teens and their families  are invited to join the Oxfam experience.

 
 
2:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 2:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

Find out who we are and what we do. Ask us about Ethical Culture - our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership.  Please email aklaeysen@nysec.org, or call 212-874-5210 x119 in advance to attend.