Event Calendar

October 2016

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Creating Change Through Humanism
Sunday Meeting- Creating Change Through Humanism
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Roy Speckhardt
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader presides
 

American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt will give a talk and book signing for his book, Creating Change Through Humanism (2015, Humanist Press). Speckhardt will explore modern humanism and how our forward-thinking outlook, with its emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection, can be at the forefront of pressing social issues like civil rights, women’s rights, religion-free science, LGBTQ equality and environmental preservation. He will argue for the need to be open about being "good without a god" while becoming active in social and political causes to put positive values in action and combat anti-humanist prejudice fueled by the Religious Right.

Roy Speckhardt has served as executive director of the American Humanist Association since 2005. He is a frequent media commentator, having appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others. He also writes a regular column for The Huffington Post, and has given speeches at colleges, conferences, and local humanist groups across the country. He previously served as deputy director of The Interfaith Alliance, and holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -
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, October 4, 2016 -
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, October 4, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

 

 
Obama Leaves Unfinished Business in Asia By THE EDITORIAL BOARD SEPT. 7, 2016
 
William J. Bratton: How to Reform Policing From Within By WILLIAM J. BRATTON SEPT. 16, 2016
 
How to View a Richer Year for the Poor and Middle Class  By Quoctrung Bui @qdbui SEPT. 14, 2016
 
America Is Complicit in the Carnage in Yemen By THE EDITORIAL BOARD AUG. 17, 2016
 
Temperatures Rise, and We’re Cooked   By Nicholas Kristof  SEPT. 10, 2016
 
A New Debate Over Pricing the Risks of Climate Change By HIROKO TABUCHI and CLIFFORD KRAUSS SEPT. 26, 2016 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group-See below for selections
Great Books Discussion Group-See below for selections
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts
 
HAPPY DEATH (from Fun Home), Alison Bechdel; THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, Charlotte Perkins Gilman; HER FIRST BALL, Katherine Mansfield; INDIAN CAMP, Ernest Hemingway; THE DIVER, V. S. Pritchett
 
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, October 6, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Why Spinoza Still Matters” by Steven Nadler, Aeon Magazine, 4/28/16
 

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, October 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Older Adults, Crisis in Affordable Housing
 
 
Larry Wood, Esq. The Goddard Riverside Law Project
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, October 6, 2016 -
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!

 
 
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
Stony Point Center Autumn Getaway
Autumn Getaway
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
Stony Point Center

 

Yes! It’s time to plan on joining our annual autumn getaway, when Ethical goes country. Filled with all the aspects many of us have come to look forward to at Stony Point Center — visiting over wine and munchies out on the porch, savoring the “Ethical family” dinner at Gilmore House, meeting in the light-filled, glass-walled meditation center, singing around the campfire, nature-walking on an off-grounds adventure, sharing poems in a repeat-bypopular-demand poetry hour, plus free time for solitude and socializing, as you choose. Yes, it’s like a kids’ camp weekend for grownups – and we deserve it!

This year’s stay offers some new features. For starters, we’ve chosen the peak time for gorgeous fall foliage. Also, we’ll not only enjoy the farm-fresh food, we’ll visit the small on-site farm from which much of it comes, and we’ll get to play at the new Arts Center. And, in addition to our gracious accommodations at Gilmore House, we’ll have another “exclusive” —Allison House — all to ourselves, just steps away from the Stony Point campus.

Mark your calendar — and watch for details in the July/August issue of Ethical Outlook.

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7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Ethics in Film- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Friday, October 7, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Stephan Elliott
 
Terence Stamp plays Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters of Australia with her stage partners, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearce). When Mitzi and Felicia get an offer to perform in the remote town of Alice Springs at a casino, Bernadette decides to tag along. The threesome ventures into the outback with Priscilla, a lavender-colored school bus that doubles as dressing room and home on the road, where they encounter a number of strange characters, as well as homophobia.
 

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
Stony Point Center Autumn Getaway
Autumn Getaway
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
Stony Point Center

 

Yes! It’s time to plan on joining our annual autumn getaway, when Ethical goes country. Filled with all the aspects many of us have come to look forward to at Stony Point Center — visiting over wine and munchies out on the porch, savoring the “Ethical family” dinner at Gilmore House, meeting in the light-filled, glass-walled meditation center, singing around the campfire, nature-walking on an off-grounds adventure, sharing poems in a repeat-bypopular-demand poetry hour, plus free time for solitude and socializing, as you choose. Yes, it’s like a kids’ camp weekend for grownups – and we deserve it!

This year’s stay offers some new features. For starters, we’ve chosen the peak time for gorgeous fall foliage. Also, we’ll not only enjoy the farm-fresh food, we’ll visit the small on-site farm from which much of it comes, and we’ll get to play at the new Arts Center. And, in addition to our gracious accommodations at Gilmore House, we’ll have another “exclusive” —Allison House — all to ourselves, just steps away from the Stony Point campus.

Mark your calendar — and watch for details in the July/August issue of Ethical Outlook.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 -
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!

 
 
6:30 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, October 12, 2016 -
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, October 13, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
“In Praise of Dewey” by Nicholas Tampio, Aeon Magazine, 7/28/16
 

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, October 13, 2016 -
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 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, October 13, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
UA is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing fellow citizens who oppose continued reliance on fossil fuels to power our lives, including coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. They advocate instead for the implementation of renewable energy, as well as conservation and energy efficiency. 
 
UA works to raise public awareness of the unacceptable risks posed by extreme fossil fuel extraction such as fracking for natural gas and oil, and by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Everyday Ethics
Everyday Ethics
Thursday, October 13, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

We "do" ethics every waking hour. The way we treat others and take care of ourselves involve many small and big choices. How do we make those choices? What grounds our morality? Do we think about ethics in terms of values and/or consequences? Each session will address a different topic. Relevant articles are available from the Membership Office and online.

This session: Friendship

 

“Friendship” by Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

“Do Your Friends Actually Like You?” by Kate Murphy, NY Times, 8/7/16 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater - Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
Ethics and the Theater - Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
Friday, October 14, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies

Karen and Gabe seem an ideal couple, playing off one another with perfect comic timing, partnering in the kitchen on gourmet meals. They often share these with their best friends, Tom and Beth, whose
marriage they assume to be as harmonious as their own. The revelation that this is not so not only strains their friendship but also causes the characters to question how well they knew each other and themselves.
 

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.

 

 
 
8:30 AM
Grand Central Station
Ethical Fall Hike
Ethical Fall Hike
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 8:30am
Grand Central Station

 

Join us on a hike to Mt. Taurus in historic Cold Spring, NY. This 5-hour hike will take us to a summit over the Hudson River. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the river and, on a clear day, Manhattan. We will take a scenic train ride to the town of Cold Spring. The town, set on the east bank of Hudson, has many antique stores, coffee shops, several restaurants, and a lovely small park. This town is worth a day’s visit even if you do not hike!

The ride on the Metro North Hudson line takes an hour and twenty minutes and offers spectacular views of the river. We will meet at the information booth at Grand Central at 8:30am. If you arrive after that time, find us on the train that leaves at 8:43am (Hudson Line).

Please buy your own ticket; round trip is $28. Bring a water bottle, light lunch and/or snack for the trail, and a few dollars for a coffee stop at a local cafe. Wear hiking or sturdy walking shoes (there are some steep parts on descent), and dress in layers for the hike. Rain cancels.

 
 
9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 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- Committed to the Global Movement For a Culture of Peace
Sunday Meeting- Committed to the Global Movement For a Culture of Peace
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
The AEU National Ethical Service at the United Nations
Martha Gallahue, Ethical Culture Leader
Andra Miller presides

 

Did you know that Ethical Culture has a voice at the United Nations? We do! The National Ethical Service (NES) has been an active non-governmental organization since the UN was founded in 1947. It is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the highest principles at the United Nations, the American Ethical Union (AEU), and the culture of peace worldwide in the belief that humanitarian work is vital not only to the relief of suffering, but essential to building a peaceful world.

Presently at the United Nations, Martha Gallahue is an Alternate ECOSOC representative for United Religions Initiative. She serves on several advisory or steering committees including the Source of Synergy Foundation, Breaking Walls, the Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, October 9, 2016 -
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. 

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Join us!  Come read and chat about your favorite poems. 

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- “Back to School: An Examination of Public Education”
Sunday Meeting- “Back to School: An Examination of Public Education”
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Clara Malekshahi presides

 

This year is the centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s classic, “Democracy & Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education.” Similar in many ways to Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler’s pedagogy, this pragmatic humanist’s work called for the complete renewal of public education and inspired teachers to create their own “learning-by-doing” curricula. Many of us remember taking field trips, performing in school plays, and being encouraged to pursue our own interests. However, since the 1980’s, traditional-values conservatives and the business community, funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Charles Koch conservative think tank the Heartland Institute, have steered national education policy toward Common Core standards and job training. Many students and their parent are taking up the cause for progressive education, and it is time to revisit Dewey’s groundbreaking work.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NEEDED: PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR EVENTS AT ETHICAL
NEEDED: PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR EVENTS AT ETHICAL
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 1:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical needs volunteers to capture us in action at various in-house and off-premises activities, and to provide quality photos for display and publication (e.g. on the “Snaps” page in Outlook). 
 
Volunteers will take digital photos at Ethical events of their choosing, and submit up to five jpeg files per event to Outlook Production Manager Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk (ygarcia@nysec.org), who will archive them for use by Ethical staff and committees to publicize our activities to members and the public. 
 
Member and photography enthusiast Peter Houts will facilitate a meeting for candid photo enthusiasts to discuss the kinds of photographs that are needed and the mechanics of submitting digital photograph files. He will also lead a discussion about taking attention-getting photographs.
 
 
7:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Adler Study - 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, October 18, 2016 -
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, October 18, 2016 -
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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leaders' 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, October 19, 2016 -
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: Should we be fearing death?

Suggested reading

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The Philosopher of Feelings” by Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 7/25/16
 

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, October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Medicare: Open Enrolment Q&A
 
 
Howard Recht
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
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!

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Café at Ethical- Natalie Arneson
The Café at Ethical- Natalie Arneson
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment.
 
 
NATALIE ARNESON won the 2016 Best Debut Award from the Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets for her show “Mama Drama.” She is a regular singer in Manhattan nightclubs, including 54 Below’s “Sondheim Unplugged” series.

 

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 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, October 23, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- The Business of Good
Sunday Meeting- The Business of Good
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jason Haber
Pat Debrovner presides
 
 
Social entrepreneurship is disrupting business, government and philanthropy.  In his new book, The Business of Good, Jason Haber explores the what, why and how behind this remarkable movement.  
 
In this lively talk, Haber reveals how today's social entrepreneurs are rebooting capitalism, challenging the charity industrial complex, and altering business models in ways that help to change the world.  Haber takes the audience through the key points of the book including: The Great Convergence and Capitalism 2.0.  The talk explores the potential of this unique moment in history to solve our most vexing problems.  
 
This presentation will leave the audience filled with hope and optimism that a new social entrepreneurial model can bring forth transformative change.  
 
Jason Haber is a serial and social entrepreneur.  His extensive career has intersected the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology. 
 
In 2010 he co-founded Rubicon Property, a social entrepreneurial real estate firm based in Manhattan. Warburg Realty acquired Rubicon in 2013.  He has vast experience in government and public policy.  Haber has worked as an adviser for several elected officials and candidates in New York City and in Washington, D.C.  Haber was an adjunct professor at John Jay College where he taught a public policy course.   
 
Haber is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Fox Business News and has been covered in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Haber currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Open Environmental Stewardship Committee
Open Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

This meeting is open to the public.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, October 24, 2016 -
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: Stoicism 101

Suggested reading

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethiopia in Crisis
Ethiopia in Crisis
Monday, October 24, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Amnesty International NYC Group 9/280 Presents:
ETHIOPIA
 
-IN CRISIS-

 

Film and panel discussion including victims of oppression and human rights advocators and scholars.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
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
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

 

 
 
 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
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. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, October 27, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
How Rousseau Predicted Trump” by Pankaj Mishra, The New Yorker, 8/1/16
 

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, October 27, 2016 -
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
Everyday Ethics
Everyday Ethics
Thursday, October 27, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

We "do" ethics every waking hour. The way we treat others and take care of ourselves involve many small and big choices. How do we make those choices? What grounds our morality? Do we think about ethics in terms of values and/or consequences? Each session will address a different topic. Relevant articles are available from the Membership Office and online.

This session: Sex

The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy 

 

Ethical Culture Leader Amanda Poppei’s platform address on “Ethical Sex” 

 
 
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:00pm to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 3:30pm
Social Hall - Lower Level Ethics in Education Symposium
Ethics in Education Symposium
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:00pm to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 3:30pm
Social Hall - Lower Level

Teaching Ethics in an Inequitable World: A Deweyan Approach 

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Friday, Oct 28, 2016 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Saturday Oct 29, 2016 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

For Current and Future Teachers, Youth Workers and Activists
 
What does it mean to teach ethics in a time of intense inequality and racism? What are the differences between ethics and character traits? What can the language of ethics contribute to progressive education 100 years after John Dewey's Democracy in Education? What does an equitable school or youth program look like? 
Join us for a groundbreaking program on the emerging field of ethics in education!
The Symposium organizer, Ethics in Education Network, embraces a secular, progressive, and pragmatic approach to ethics. The Network is in the process of developing a certificate program for teachers and youth workers.
 
Featuring (among others):
The Peace Poets, performance artists
Khary Lazarre-White, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (keynote)
Liz Fernandez, Fieldston Middle School
Sally Lee, Teachers Unite
Tom Roderick, Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Michael Schulman, author, Bringing Up a Moral Child
Nicholas Tampio, author, "Dewey Knew How to Teach Democracy and We Must Not Forget It"
Quentin ("Q") Walcott, CONNECT
 
 
Partial scholarships may be available.
 
For further information, contact info@ethicsineducation.org
 
Accessible. Please let us know if ASL is needed.
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Comedy Club at Ethical
Comedy Club at Ethical
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Host SCOTT BLAKEMAN is an original member of Laughing Liberally, New York’s longest running political comedy show.
 
NANCY GILES has been a contributor to the Peabody Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning since 2003, voicing her opinions on everything from politics and race to pop culture and the conspiracy of high heels.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LEIGHANN LORD is the co-host of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the National Geographic Channel. She is also the author of Dict Jokes: Why Look It Up When You Can Make It Up? Leighann appeared on Girls Night Out (Lifetime), The Original Def Comedy All Star Jam (HBO), and Premium Blend (Comedy Central).
 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Coffee 'n Chat
Coffee 'n Chat
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508

with Board of Trustees.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 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- Help Save the Earth
Sunday Meeting- Help Save the Earth
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Ken Gale
Monica Weiss presides

Save money and help “save the Earth” at the same time.  How we use energy is harmful to the planet, wasteful, and expensive for ourselves even though there have been solutions for decades.  I'll go into detail on the problems and solutions.  No to poison power (nuclear and fossil fuel), yes to efficiency and renewables (solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, hydrothermal, wave).

Ken Gale is the host and producer of WBAI-FM's environmental radio show Eco-Logic. He is the founder of the NYC Safe Energy Campaign and author of Chernobyl-on-the-Hudson.
Ken is a long-time environmental activist and birder and active with NYC Grassroots Alliance and NYC Friends of Clearwater.
 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children - Happy Bones Festival
Ethics for Children - Happy Bones Festival
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room- : Launching project of the Zombie Research Society 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Film Screening: The Future of Energy
Film Screening: The Future of Energy
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

A powerful new film about the people and communities leading the way toward a renewable-energy future — and how we can help make it happen. Discussion to follow. (http://www.thefutureofenergy.org/

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science - Climate Change and Nuclear Power
Speaking of Science - Climate Change and Nuclear Power
Monday, October 31, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
Michel Lee will lead us in a discussion to evaluate nuclear power with a focus on its interaction with the changing conditions of a warming world. Along with engineering, her
evaluation touches on the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, climatology, disaster science, limnology, medicine, oceanography, physics and psychology – for starters.
 
Michel Lee is a senior policy analyst at Promoting Health and Sustainable Energy, and has broad substantive knowledge of nuclear power as it relates to public health and safety, environmental and security issues – and has appeared before the US Dept. of Homeland Security, among other committees and commissions in the US and the Soviet Union.