Event Calendar

November 2017

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7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group
Great Literature Discussion Group
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Read the novella in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group.  Visit https://www.meetup.com/Great-Literature-Discussions/  to learn more about us.

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

Members Free, Guests $5

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Book Reception: "Passage" with Khary Lazarre-White
Book Reception: "Passage" with Khary Lazarre-White
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Passage tells the story of Warrior, a young black man navigating the snowy winter streets of Harlem and Brooklyn in 1993. Warrior is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, bonds that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that surround him—both supernatural and human—including some that seek his very destruction.

For Warrior and his peers, the reminders that they, as black men, aren't meant to be fully free, are everywhere. The high schools are filled with teachers who aren't qualified and don't care as much about their students' welfare as that they pass the state exams. Getting from point A to point B usually means eluding violence, and possibly death, at the hands of the "blue soldiers" and your own brothers. Making it home means accepting that you may open the door to find that someone you love did not have the same good fortune.

Warrior isn't even safe in his own mind. He's haunted by the spirits of ancestors and of the demons of the system of oppression. Though the story told in Passage takes place in 1993, there is a striking parallel between Warrior's experience and the experiences of black male youth today, since nothing has really changed. Every memory in the novel is the memory of thousands of black families. Every conversation is a message both to those still in their youth and those who left their youth behind long ago. Passage is a novel for then and now.

Khary Lazarre-White is a writer, social justice advocate, attorney, and activist who has dedicated his life to the educational outcome and opportunities for young people of color at key life stages. His support base is far-reaching and diverse, built over the past twenty-two years as co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. He has received awards for his work, including the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Use Your Life Award, the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award, awards from Black Girls Rock! and the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and a Resident Fellowship Award to the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center.

Khary will read from his book, after which Leader Anne Klaeysen will interview him. During the social hour, Khary will sign copies of his book, and refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Word Up Books: https://wordupbooks.wordpress.com/

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

Readings:

“Adam Smith and Capitalism for Beginners” by Santi Tafarella, Prometheus Unboundblog, 7/4/12 (https://santitafarella.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/adam-smith-and-capitalism-for-beginners/);

“Theory of Capitalism” from The Center on Capitalism and Society, (http://capitalism.columbia.edu/theory-capitalism);

"Is Capitalism Moral" by Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post, 3/15/13 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-capitalism-moral/2013/03/15/a9ed66d4-868b-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_story.html?utm_term=.414e2f1c6bce)

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Coping with Vision Changes
with Carolyn Parris, LCSW, Lighthouse Guild NYC

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Auditorium The Lost Art of Good Conversation Book Tour New York Retreat Weekend
The Lost Art of Good Conversation Book Tour New York Retreat Weekend
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

Info and Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lost-art-of-good-conversation-book-tour-new-york-retreat-weekend-tickets-34698515193

Retreat Hours:

Friday: 7pm - 9pm

Saturday: 9am - 7pm

In a world of connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends?

In this new book, Sakyong Mipham uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition — meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings — to help readers listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.


 

In celebration of this timely and essential release, The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York invites you to a profound weekend program that will give you insights to the importance of conversation, tools to improve your conversation ability, and a place to practice the lost art of good conversation.

Join Sakyong Mipham, host Lodro Rinzler and esteemed panelists Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Seth Godin, Dan Harris, Jocelyn Cooper, and Dr. Shanté Paradign Smalls, for the live events Friday night where we will hear a variety of perspectives on how good conversation is the backbone of building society.

Return Saturday as Lodro Rinzler hosts a day-long retreat featuring a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and practice in conversing from a place of authenticity. In this timely event weekend, we'll discover how conversation can change our connections to ourselves, each other and our world. 

SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE

Sakyong Mipham is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind Into an Ally. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner.

LODRO RINZLER

Lodro Rinzler, a senior Shambhala teacher, is the award-winning author of six books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar. He serves as co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of MNDFL.

SHASTRI ETHAN NICHTERN

Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri — a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition — and award-winning author of 4 books including his new release The Dharma of the Princess Bride.

SETH GODIN

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a marketer and most of all, a teacher. He’s written 18 bestsellers, and he blogs every day. He does his best work when he’s being mindful.

DAN HARRIS

Dan Harris is the co-anchor of ABC's Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. Dan is also the author/co-founder/host of 10% Happier book/app/podcast.

JOCELYN COOPER

Jocelyn Cooper is an entrepreneur, innovator, history maker, and nurturer of the creative process and a savvy business executive.

DR. SHANTÉ PARADIGM SMALLS

Dr. Smalls is an artist and scholar and has been a member of Shambhala since 2006, where they are an authorized teacher and Mentor.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Lost in Translation
Ethics in Film: Lost in Translation
Friday, November 3, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
Directed by Sofia Coppola
 
Effectively balancing humor and subtle pathos, Sofia Coppola crafts a moving, melancholy story of two lost souls rattling around a Tokyo hotel in the middle of the night. They fall into conversation about their marriages, happiness, and the meaning of it all, with help from an Oscar-winning screenplay.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Story Play
Ethics for Children: Story Play
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week:

Story Play: thematic breakout sessions for children age 7+ to face story-based ethical dilemmas, conveying their ideas on paper, and transforming them into presentations, led by guest teacher Deepali Srivastava, founder of Writefully Ours. The goal is to grow a community of young ethical writers whose prose and poetry will take on the big social and environmental issues of their time.

Teens Convene - 1-3pm (Cafeteria, 6th floor)

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Richard P. Brown, MD: "The Transformative Power of the Breath"
Sunday Meeting - Richard P. Brown, MD: "The Transformative Power of the Breath"
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We now have a world-wide epidemic of stress with anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, violence, addictive behavior. Dr. Brown will discuss a drug free, large group intervention based on simple techniques from yoga, qi-gong and orthodox Christian monastic practices that are scientifically based. After brief discussion of the science we will experience a brief practice and then share the effect on our mind-body-spirit.

Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, graduate of Columbia University Medical College and Cornell University Psychiatry Residency and Psychobiology/Psychopharmacology fellowship, lectures internationally and has co-authored over 100 scientific articles, books chapters and award winning books. His neurophysiological theory exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions has been validated in clinical trials. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind to healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions. www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.

Presider: Hazel May

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
2:00 PM
Social Hall
Debate: The Pros and Cons of a NYS Constitutional Convention
Debate: The Pros and Cons of a NYS Constitutional Convention
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 2:00pm
Social Hall

Before election day, join Ethical as two experts debate the pros and cons of holding a state constitutional convention.

A vote on whether to hold a New York State constitutional convention happens every 20 years. We last voted on it in 1997 and we will be voting on it this Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th.

Many people are unaware of what it means, and its importance. This "debate" will give us all an opportunity to learn what is at stake so we can vote with a clear understanding of what our vote will mean.

Representing the pro side will be Suzannne Stassevitch from the League of Women Voters and representing the con side will be Michael Kink from Strong Economy for All Coalition.

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Social Hall
NYC Grassroots Alliance - Lurking Everywhere! Toxic Pesticides in our Parks, Water, Air and Food
NYC Grassroots Alliance - Lurking Everywhere! Toxic Pesticides in our Parks, Water, Air and Food
Monday, November 6, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:45pm
Social Hall

Pesticides and herbicides are in our foods and our clothing and sprayed in our air to combat mosquito-borne illnesses and may also be killing off bees and other needed insects. The cumulative effect of spraying crops with glyphosate and organo-pesticides is threatening the fertility of soil and human health, especially young children but including people of all ages. As pesticides kill off microbes and minerals in the soil, the soil loses fertility, plants lose nourishment and the human immune system is compromised.

As climate change brings more powerful hurricanes, worse flooding, bigger fires and rising sea levels, these chemicals are being pushed into every corner -- on land and sea. Will we even have a viable food supply in the near future?

The NYC Grassroots Alliance will be hosting an event about toxic pesticides and herbicides inspired by kindergarten teacher Paula Rogovin and her current and past young students. When her class wanted to study tomatoes and watermelon, they discovered that pesticides that are often used to grow them can be very harmful to children and they wanted to get a law passed. After convincing City Council member Ben Kallos to propose a bill about banning toxic pesticides in parks and other public spaces, they recently "testified" at an inspiring hearing at City Hall.

Speakers will include Paula Rogovin herself, Patti Wood, the Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education (an expert on pesticides) and a researcher from the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital's Icahn School of Medicine. You will learn about the alarming health effects of pesticides and about safer and smarter ways to grow our food. In addition, we will work to help Paula and her young students pass City Council Bill INT 0800 - 2015.

Please RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/preview/NYC-Grassroots-Alliance/events/244317818

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

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

The New York Times, 10/30/17

China to Take a Harder Line on Pollution
by K. Bradsher
The New York Times, 10/24/2017

An Oasis for Global Capital
by A.R. Sorkin
The New York Times, 10/24/17

Trump, Niger and Making Dots Connect
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 11/1/17

When Politics Becomes Your Idol
by D. Brooks
The New York Times, 10/31/17

Is The White House Scared Yet?
by the Editorial Board
The New York Times, 10/31/17

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic: How should we think about love?

Love is a fundamental aspect of human life. Yet, English has just one word to label a variety of different types of relationships that we engage in during our lives. We love our partner, our children, our profession, our nation, or our god. The ancient Greeks made distinctions among these different types of love, using different words, none of which, incidentally, map exactly to our modern conception of romantic love. Let’s discuss the philosophical and practical aspects of love, based on this summary of how the Greeks thought about it (http://tinyurl.com/ybfprl48).

Based on the principle of Socratic dialogue, every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., Should we be afraid of death? What are the ethics of eating?), introduced through a suggested reading with open discussions aimed at sharpening our thinking about the subject matter being examined during the session.

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
350NYC Film & Discussion: "An Inconvenient Sequel"
350NYC Film & Discussion: "An Inconvenient Sequel"
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. Brought to you by the 350NYC Climate Education Working Group.

Vice President Al Gore travels around the world, continuing ot address climate change. The film gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the work of creative minds within the movement and highlights the potential humans have to overcome the dangerous threats of climate change. Join us and find out how you can engage in the Climate Movement.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
"Capitalism and Democracy - The Odd Couple" by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 9/19/17 (https://www.ft.com/content/cec2664c-9a2e-11e7-b83c-9588e51488a0)
 

"Insanely Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Our Prosperity" by Steve Roth, Evonomics, 9/18/17 (https://evonomics.com/insanely-concentrated-wealth-strangling-prosperity/)

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Thursday, November 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Forgiveness lies at the heart of loving relationships. We all harm, and are harmed by, others. There's no escaping this human condition. The better we understand the process of forgiveness, the better we are able to repair broken connections. Forgiveness must also take place at institutional and political levels for the health of our communities.

This 6-session course will explore the process of forgiveness in both the personal and public spheres.

Syllabus and readings available from Maggie Determann.

Free to members, $5 donation per session for guests

 
 
6:30 PM
Auditorium
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Concert 5: State of Humankind
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Concert 5: State of Humankind
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
8:30 PM
Auditorium
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Talis Scholars - Gratitude
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Talis Scholars - Gratitude
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
6:30 PM
Auditorium
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Norwegian Soloists' Choir - Concert 7: Abandonment
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Norwegian Soloists' Choir - Concert 7: Abandonment
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Breaking Bread
Ethics and the Theater: Breaking Bread
Friday, November 10, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm

Ethics and the Theater will present: Breaking Bread by Eddie Antar

A bench in Central Park becomes an unlikely platform for the airing of Jewish-Palestinian tensions, as encounters among two brothers and a mysterious stranger reveal the power, both destructive and healing, of family ties and historical memory.

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 PM
Auditorium
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Concert 8: Lamentation
Lincoln Center White Light Festival Concerts - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra - Concert 8: Lamentation
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:30pm
Auditorium
 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, November 11, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild
General Meeting
Social Hall

1 - 4 pm

 

This is a membership organization separate from NYSEC that sets its own yearly & event fees. For more information, visit: www.bakg.org

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Courage
Colloquy: Courage
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508

Topic: Courage
Hosted by Virginia Arnold

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August).

Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 12, 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: Story Play
Ethics for Children: Story Play
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week: Story Play! Thematic breakout sessions for children age 7+ to face story-based ethical dilemmas, conveying their ideas on paper, and transforming them into presentations, led by guest teacher Deepali Srivastava, founder of Writefully Ours. The goal is to grow a community of young ethical writers whose prose and poetry will take on the big social and environmental issues of their time.

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Dick Hughes: Learning From the Vietnamese – And Giving
Sunday Meeting - Dick Hughes: Learning From the Vietnamese – And Giving
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Actor (“The Departed”) and activist Dick Hughes recounts his improbable journey from war-torn Vietnam in 1968 through to his most recent October 2016 trip there, reuniting with former “dust of life” Vietnamese street-children he rescued in Saigon/Da Nang, as well as visiting “Agent Orange” victim relief centers and the homes of AO victims that his nonprofit, Loose Cannons, Inc., is presently advocating on behalf of.

Carnegie Mellon/Tech Drama graduate Dick Hughes spent eight years [1968-76] in Viet Nam helping some 2,500 Vietnamese street-children & returned there in 2001, 2007 & 2016 to continue hiseffort to ease the pain of war. Besides theatre, film and TV work his humanitarian work has been profiled in Ralph Edwards “This Is Your Life," Life, Time, Newsweek, CBS’ “Sunday Morning”; ABC, NBC and CBS evening news shows; The Today Show and The Tomorrow Show, and more. He cofounded the Dispatch News Agency through which Sy Hersh broke the My Lai story and is believed to be one of the last Americans to leave Viet Nam some fifteen months after the American evacuation in April, 1975.

Presider: Carol Van Deusen

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: Talk Vietnam
Film & Discussion: Talk Vietnam
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 1:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, November 12, 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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, November 13, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Basic Stoic theory, Diogenes Laertius’ edition

From time to time it is a good thing to go back to the basics, to remind ourselves of what Stoicism is all about. It is also good to go back to the original sources still available today. In this meetup we will do both, examining Stoic theory as summarized by Diogenes Laertius in book VII of his Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers. Basic background reading available here (http://tinyurl.com/ybv5j2bx).

The School is inspired by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. 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.

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

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.

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Social Hall
Radical Age Movement Meeting
Radical Age Movement Meeting
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Social Hall

 

The Radical Age Movement is a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of ageing and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities. Join us for good food, lively discussion, and consciousness raising, and discover the impact of ageing in your own life. Whether you've attended one of our past Consciousness Raising events or are attending for the first time, you will constantly be surprised by what you learn.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Climate Education and Divestment Working Group Meetings
350NYC Climate Education and Divestment Working Group Meetings
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
"Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington" by Patrick Radden Keef, The New Yorker, 8/31/17 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/carl-icahns-failed-raid-on-washington)
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Medicare Q&A: What You Need to Know During Open Enrollment
with Howard Recht, CLU CHFC

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
American Indian Community House Monthly Social
American Indian Community House Monthly Social
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Monthly Social and Gathering of Native Americans (GONA).

Potluck - bring a dish to share! AICH monthly social includes a Native artist showcase, drumming, dancing, and more.

https://aich.org/

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café at Ethical: Lainie Cooke & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Music Café at Ethical: Lainie Cooke & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, November 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you or just sit back and enjoy. MC Steph Walker and the John Wilmeth Jazz bring us a bevy of musical talent.

This month’s featured guest, Lainie Cooke, has got it all — taste, technique, tone, and timing — a truly magical combination. Jazz fans may know her from the Kitano, Mezzrow, Zinc Bar, and Cornelia Street Café. Visit her website at lainiecooke.com.

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Enjoy the wonderful readings of our friends and bring some poems to share.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Gratitude & Deed Festival
Ethics for Children: Gratitude & Deed Festival
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week:

We'll create our Gratitude Tool-box: including homemade Gratitude Journals and Thank You cards. We'll create a Deeds of Gratitude, by learning about and enacting the "pay-it-forward" concept.

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: "Sermon on the Amount"
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: "Sermon on the Amount"
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Most of us want to be generous, especially when we become aware of the needs of other people. At our best, we humans draw the circle wider to include everyone. We support family, friends, neighbors, and strangers in myriad ways. But how do we decide what those ways are and how much to give? What criteria to we apply? How do we measure generosity? Together we explore these questions.

Shared charity: Hispanic Federation

 
 
12:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Fair Share Giving Luncheon
Fair Share Giving Luncheon
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 12:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

A members-only gathering. Come celebrate this year's successes and plan for new goals in the coming year.

 
 
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Talking White Supremacy Post-Charlottesville - Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC Workshop
Talking White Supremacy Post-Charlottesville - Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC Workshop
Sunday, November 19, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Note: Childcare will be available during the workshop.

Please RSVP to Carol at clvand@nyc.rr.com.

Are you dreading the conversation around the table during the holidays because family members or friends are racist? Or their casual acceptance of white privilege? Don’t avoid talking about race, racism, and current events — whether the topic is Charlottesville, Colin Kaepernick, or something else. Instead, learn to respectfully hold your ground while listening, asking questions, and presenting alternate ways of looking at racism.

This workshop is designed to increase participants’ ability to engage in conversations about race and racism. The three-hour session is taught by the New York City chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), part of a national network organizing white people for racial justice. It is sponsored by NYSEC’s own Ethical Action Committee, as part of its ongoing program of events and actions devoted to carrying out the AEU Resolution of Repairing the Harm of Racism.

We will identify opportunities for “calling in” versus “callingout,” define white fragility and discuss how to navigate it and learn tactics to address common microaggressions and racist statements.

Participants should leave the workshop with tools for calling more white people into the movement for racial justice.

About SURJ NYC: Through demonstrations, political organizing, education, and other actions, SURJ NYC is committed to moving white people into action for racial justice while taking direction from and supporting organizations and coalitions led by people of color. For More information visit surjnyc.com.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
CANCELLED - Speaking of Science - Dr. Zoran Josipovic: Contemplative practice and Neuroscience: Evidence and Applications
CANCELLED - Speaking of Science - Dr. Zoran Josipovic: Contemplative practice and Neuroscience: Evidence and Applications
Monday, November 20, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

NOTICE: This event has been cancelled.

Speaker: Dr. Zoran Josipovic, Adjunct Professor at New York University

Recent advances in research of mindfulness and meditation have brought a new light to our understanding of contemplative experience and brain plasticity, and their relation to health and disease. This talk will discuss recent findings from the field of contemplative neuroscience and explore practical methods with relevance for meditation practice, and for psychological and physical well-being.

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members to find out who we are and what we do. Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office, Room 502
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, November 22, 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. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day) to Friday, November 24, 2017 (All day)
Thanksgiving - Building Closed
Thanksgiving - Building Closed
Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day) to Friday, November 24, 2017 (All day)

Closed for Thanksgiving.

 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: David Crosby & Friends Sky Trails Tour
Concert: David Crosby & Friends Sky Trails Tour
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Metro Presents: http://www.metropolitanpresents.com/concert-hall-nysec/

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 26, 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, November 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Confronting The Twilight of The American Idea
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Confronting The Twilight of The American Idea
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

In 1850, the leftwing Unitarian and firebrand of abolition, Theodore Parker, gave a major speech on the antislavery cause, laying out the principles of what came to be known as “The American Idea,” the roots of which lay in the Declaration of Independence. It has three components: All people are created equal, all are endowed with inalienable rights, and all should have the opportunity to enjoy and develop those rights. Parker went on to say that a government that promotes the American Idea must be a government “of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.”

In the audience was a lawyer, William Herndon, who was deeply impressed by Parker’s speech. Herndon secured a copy of Parker’s speech and brought it to his law partner back in Illinois. That partner was Abraham Lincoln, and the words of Theodore Parker became immortalized

Myth often has it that Lincoln penned the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope in a flash of momentary inspiration. The truth is that he thought about its composition long and hard. In that address, Lincoln aimed to complete the as-yet-unfulfilled promise of the Declaration of Independence.

It is this founding idea that has inspired Americans to embrace democracy, defend fundamental rights, and strive to live out their dreams in accordance with their gifts and personalities. But the American Idea has spread far beyond our boundaries to be an inspiration to the world of what an enlightened society in principle ought to be.

In these times, there is a great upsurge in both apathy and discontent with the Idea, which is the mainstay of liberal democracy. We see it in an upsurge of nationalism. We see it in the attraction of the Chinese model, which many foreign nations now look to, and not to us. And we see it in public opinion polls that indicate that among large sectors of the young democracy, the American Idea is a matter of indifference.

Distressing indeed; distressing and in need of understanding and a response.

Shared charity: Hispanic Federation

Presider: Joe Fashing

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Learn about the fine work of our climate partners--350NYC, Food and Water Watch, and NYC Grassroots Alliance--are doing, and find out how you can be part of a global climate solution. Hear reports about projects and campaigns they are promoting, and get updates on ways to influence your neighbors, families, and communities to pursue more sustainable-living choices.

 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion - Treasures of New York: The Settlement House Movement
Film & Discussion - Treasures of New York: The Settlement House Movement
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Join us for this PBS documentary about the Settlement House Movement in New York City, including its origins with Leaders Felix Adler and Stanton Coit of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Most interesting is the description of the continuing role played by the Settlement Houses in immigrant and minority communities today.

The 37 vibrant settlement houses under the umbrella of United Neighborhood Houses provide help and new opportunities to residents of all ages and from every walk of life in the five boroughs of New York City. This film explores the 130-year history of the settlement house movement and reveals how organizations like Henry Street Settlement and Union Settlement remain integral to New York City.

Can't make the event? Watch the documentary here: http://www.pbs.org/video/treasures-new-york-settlement-houses/

Dr. Richard Koral moderates.

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

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 502
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 502
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
with moderator Ken Gans

 
Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings TBA

 
 
 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 30, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings:
 
"The Conservative Case for Unions" by Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic, July/August 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-conservative-case-for-unions/528708/)
 

"Canada's NAFTA Labor Plank" by Dean Baker, Democracy Journal, 10/10/17 (https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/canadas-nafta-labor-plank/)

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Book Reception - Patricia DeMarco: "Pathways to Our Sustainable Future- Moving from Awareness to Action"
Book Reception - Patricia DeMarco: "Pathways to Our Sustainable Future- Moving from Awareness to Action"
Thursday, November 30, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Against a backdrop of Marcellus shale gas development, initiatives are emerging for a sustainable and resilient response to the climate change and pollution challenges of the 21st century. People, institutions, communities, and corporations in Pittsburgh are leading the way to a more sustainable future. And Patricia DeMarco, author of A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh, will be here to tell us all about it.

Inspired by Rachel Carson’s voice of precaution in protecting the Earth, this is a book about empowerment and hope. Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto has this to say about DeMarco, “Through the leadership and guidance she exemplifies, Pittsburgh has become a model for urban centers everywhere in creating sustainable practices for present and future generations.”

Patricia DeMarco was the executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She is a visiting research professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a senior scholar at Chatham University. DeMarco has spent a 30-year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions. This year she received the Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.

“Patricia DeMarco has been a tireless advocate of sustainability in the City of Pittsburgh for many years. Through the leadership and guidance she exemplifies, Pittsburgh has become a model for urban centers everywhere in creating sustainable practices for present and future generations. This book serves as an outstanding guide to successful public and private partnerships that can lead these efforts going forward.”—Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh

“Patricia DeMarco dissects the enormous and global challenge we face using coherent frames and salient examples. She lets us conceive the scope of this challenge yet feel confident that we can address it. Weaving together science, spirituality, ethics, justice, and hard-nosed political analysis, DeMarco reinvigorates Rachel Carson’s timeless message of environmental wellbeing for new audiences.”—David Hassenzahl, President, Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences

“Can Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose steel mills and blast furnaces helped to power America’s industrial era a century ago now be a catalyst in creating a clean, prosperous, just and healthy future? Patricia DeMarco starkly lays out the disastrous course along which humanity is steering planet Earth. But she shows an alternative pathway and presents myriad examples how the transformation of Pittsburgh can lead toward sustainability for all.”—David Blockstein, chief scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment