Event Calendar

June 2016

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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Annual Women's Shelter Volunteers Recognition Dinner
Annual Women's Shelter Volunteers Recognition Dinner
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Join us as we honor all those who have supported the women of our shelter and staffed the site throughout the year. 
 
Please RSVP with janice Buzby by May 25: JaniceBuzby@outlook.com 
 
Our shelter is staffed exclusively by volunteers who welcome the shelter guests, stay overnight, and facilitate the morning pick-up by a partner organization. We provide training and pair first-time volunteers with experienced ones. Do you have a free night to offer once per month...per year? Your services would help us keep our shelter open more frequently. Please consider giving your time. Contact Janice Buzby for more information
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group- Gulliver's Travels
Great Books Discussion Group- Gulliver's Travels
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
 
"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
 
Read the selections in advance, 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 Reading and Discussion Second Series and Reader Aid we’ll be using through June, 2016, visit this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/great-books.html You can also 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, June 2, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The Invasion of America” by Claudio Saunt, Aeon, 1/1/15
 
 

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, June 2, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Advanced Style” Fashionable Elders - Film & Talk
 
 
Wendy Panken, LCSW
 

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, June 2, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film - Wall Street (1987)
Ethics in Film - Wall Street (1987)
Friday, June 3, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Andra Miller
 
Directed by Oliver Stone
 
Bud Fox is a Wall Street stockbroker in early 1980's New York with a strong desire to get to the top. Senior broker Gordon Gekko takes the youth under his wing and explains his philosophy that "Greed is Good". Taking the advice and working closely with Gekko, Fox soon finds himself swept into a world of shady business deals, the "good life," fast money, and fast women; something which is at odds with his family including his estranged father and the blue-collared way Fox was brought up. 

Post-film discussion led by Andra Miller

 
 
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9:30 AM
Adler Study, Room 514
Mindfulness
Mindfulness
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 9:30am
Adler Study, Room 514
 

Explore and practice mindfulness.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 5, 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 5, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - “Center for Reproductive Rights: An Interview with senior counsel Stephanie Toti”
Sunday Meeting - “Center for Reproductive Rights: An Interview with senior counsel Stephanie Toti”
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Carol Van Deusen presides
 
 

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which concerns a deceptive Texas law designed to shut down more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state. Stephanie Toti was the lead attorney on this case, representing medical caregivers, to ensure women’s access to safe and legal abortion care. The case challenges a pair of Texas TRAP laws that would force more than three-quarters of the state's abortion facilities to close. A decision by the Court is expected in June 2016. She will take us through the history of this case and why it is so important for reproductive justice.

 

Experienced in both trial and appellate advocacy, Stephanie has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Virginia. She has led a series of successful challenges to Oklahoma laws restricting access to abortion, including the Center's challenge to a 2010 law that would have forced every woman seeking an abortion to submit to a narrated ultrasound examination. She has also partnered with the City of Baltimore, Maryland, to defend a first-in-the-nation ordinance regulating the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers.

 

 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM
Social Hall
Documentary "Trapped"
Documentary "Trapped"
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 1:00pm
Social Hall
THE SUPREME COURT CASE:
WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH V. HELLERSTEDT
 
On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (formerly Cole). Seen by many as a case that could have a monumental impact on the right to choose, the case stems from a challenge to a Texas TRAP law, HB2. 
 
TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America.
Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from
protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn't be any
higher. 
 
TRAPPED follows the clinic workers and lawyers -- including those who
took their case to the Supreme Court in March -- who are fighting to
keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women, many of whom are
poor and uninsured.
 
The Supreme Court’s decision is expected later in June.
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 6, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

Troubling World Developments

Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Brazil on the brink.

 

Ian Bremmer Time Magazine May 26, 2016
 
NYTimes Editorial Board May 31, 2016
 
Simon Romero NYTimes May 30, 2016
 
 
Jochen Bittner NYTimes MAY 31, 2016
 
 
Timothy Egan NYTimes MAY 27, 2016
 
ERICA GOODEMAY NYTimes 12, 2016
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 9, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The Language of Regime” – Andrew Rose interviews Laura Secor, Guernica, 4/15/16 
 
 

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 to 7:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting- Canceled tonight
Ethical Parenting, Step-parenting and Grandparenting- Canceled tonight
Thursday, June 9, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
With Leader Anne Klaeysen
 
Monthly, 2nd Thursday
 
Canceled tonight...see you next month!
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, June 9, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Workshop members are a mix of returning writers and new participants who want to give personal writing a try. 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
Book Launch — Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
Book Launch — Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
Thursday, June 9, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

 

“Monopoly” was once the dirty word in America — until enough alarm and advocacy built to bring about Congress’ passing the Sherman Antitrust Act. For many today, “Frackopoly” is becoming the dirty word. And passion and pressure are building to bring about an end to fracking. Ethical’s Environmental Stewardship Committee co-chair Vince Brancato reminds us that Food & Water Watch is a strong and internationally active force trying to protect the environment by focusing on healthy food and clean water for all. Ethical Culture is pleased to cosponsor the book launch, which features a panel presentation headed by author Wenonah Hauter,  and executive director of Food & Water Watch (FWW),and moderated by Sandra Steingraber, ecologist, author, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking.

“A true tale of corruption and greed, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of corporations and financial institutions.” The book includes an anatomy of the industry and how we can stop its dangerous, widespread practices. It also chronicles the political power generated by an exciting grassroots movement that is fighting to ban fracking, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and help take back our democracy.” 

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
Sandra Steingraber, ecologist and author, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking
John Fenton, rancher, whose community in Wyoming was devastated by fracking
Karen Feridun, founder of Pennsylvania grassroots organization Berks Gas Truth
Dianne Thomas, activist in California fighting to keep fracking out of her neighborhood
Julia Walsh, Campaign Director, Frack Action\
 
Wenonah Hauter was director of the Public Citizen’s Energy and Environment Program, as well as Environmental Policy Director for Citizen Action, and a senior organizer for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She worked for years with Ralph Nader on the Critical Mass Energy Project. 
 
The panel will also feature John Fenton, a farmer and rancher whose community in Wyoming was devastated by fracking, and Dianne Thomas, a leading activist in Carson, California in the fight to keep 200 new frackable wells out of this Los Angeles County community. 
 
Food & Water Watch has been a leader in the movement to ban fracking in New York and around the country.  The organization, along with more than 300 co-sponsoring organizations, is currently planning the March for a Clean Energy Revolution to take place in Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, July 24.. (More information about that, including transportation, is to be found at and http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/ will be in the Summer issue of Ethical Outlook.)
 
 
RSVP to Eric Weltmant at eweltman@fwwatcg.org or 347-778-2743

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater- "Informed Consent"
Ethics and the Theater- "Informed Consent"
Friday, June 10, 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 Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Directed by Matt Antar

A thoughtful and engrossing play about a research scientist specializing in genetic diseases that finds herself embroiled in controversy when her fierce dedication to her work, and her deeply personal reasons for pursuing it, lead her into murky ethical waters.

 

Come at 6:30 pm for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 12, 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 - Divest-Invest: A Key to meeting the Paris Promise
Sunday Meeting - Divest-Invest: A Key to meeting the Paris Promise
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Clara Vondrich
Monica Weiss presides
 
 
The fossil fuel divestment and renewable energy reinvestment movement is accelerating the transition away from an extractive economy powered by coal, oil and gas, to a regenerative economy powered by sun, wind and water. Come hear how this grassroots movement is shaking up the status quo and giving the world a fighting chance of meeting the Paris climate treaty's pledge to bring carbon emissions to near-zero by mid-century, thereby avoiding the worst consequences of climate change.
 
Clara Vondrich is the Global Director of Divest-Invest Philanthropy. In this role, she manages the foundation sector for the broader Divest-Invest movement, which now spans universities, sovereign wealth funds, cities, pension funds, insurance companies, health organizations, faith groups and individuals.
 
Until June 2015, Clara served as Account Director for Climate & Energy at Fenton Communications. There, she led client efforts on a range of campaigns, including divest-invest, anti-fracking, defending climate science, and the clean energy transition. Before joining Fenton in June 2013, Clara was Director of Leadership Initiatives at the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she worked with thought leaders to further ClimateWorks’ mission of promoting global and national policies to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius                                                                                                                        
 
Clara is a frequent speaker and writer on climate change. She sits on the Board of Directors of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, a multi-stakeholder think tank working to align the financial sector with 2°C climate goals, as well as the Dogwood Alliance, a nonprofit working to preserve and restore native forest ecosystems in the southeastern United State. She is a member Steering Committee of 350NYC, the local affiliate of the national climate advocacy group 350.org.
                                                                                         
An attorney by training, Clara served as Counsel to the President’s Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, focusing on ecological restoration and environmental justice. Before that, she worked for three years at the Washington DC office of Arnold & Porter, where she focused on international arbitration and energy policy. Clara clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 2006. She continues to collaborate with visionary litigators Matt Pawa, who brought Connecticut v. AEP and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil and David Bookbinder, former climate counsel for the Sierra Club now devoted to carbon pricing.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 12, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, June 12, 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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 1:30pm
Room 508
Abe Markman Presides
 
A lively discussion of what’s in the news today, gaining perspective on current events.

 

 
 
 
7:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics- CLOSED
Hard Choices: Difficult Cases in Clinical Medical Ethics- CLOSED
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 7:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D.
Consultant in Medical Ethics
 
six monthly sessions, 2nd Tuesday
 
Contemporary healthcare is often ethically problematic. Medical decision-making can be confusing and stressful, not only for patients but also for their families and friends.  This course— which consists of six monthly meetings— will examine a series actual clinical cases from the perspective of ethical thought and action. Each month, in advance of our sessions, readings on the topic will be sent electronically to course participants.  During our 
meetings, we shall discuss and debate ethical concerns in a variety of cases. The topic areas will be:
1.  Introduction/Case Analysis
2.  Neonatal [Newborn] Ethics
3.  Mental Illness and Psychiatric 
Treatment
4.  Dementia, including Alzheimer 
Disease
5.  The Context of Treatment, 
including Religious Issues 
6.  Critical Care/ICU Ethics
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall
The Second Annual Barbara Schwartz End of Life Choices Lecture
The Second Annual Barbara Schwartz End of Life Choices Lecture
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall
 
Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: Exploring an End of Life Option for Suffering Patients
 
Speakers:
 
Timothy Kirk, PhD, specializes in the philosophy and ethics of hospice care. He has served as an ethics consultant to hospice organizations across the country. He is also an associate professor of philosophy at the City University of New York, York College.
 
Judith Schwarz, PhD, RN, is the Clinical Director of End of Life Choices New York. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and is a nationally recognized expert on the option of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED).
 
 
Questions and Answers will follow the presentation
Wine and light refreshments will be served
Free and open to the public

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 16, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
The Case for Europe: An Interview with Donald Tusk” by Michal Matlak, The NY Review of Books, 2/18/16 
 
 

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, June 16, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
New Advancements in Hearing Remedies
 
 
Barbara Grossman
 

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 #.  

 

 

 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Gloria Steinem and Friends Honor Dr. Willie Parker
Gloria Steinem and Friends Honor Dr. Willie Parker
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

 

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem and friends present a celebration honoring feminist Christian abortion provider Dr. Willie Parker with a reading from the play Spare Rib (New Yorker profile) by Winter Miller.

Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”, “The Daily Show”) will provide opening remarks. The reading cast includes Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, “House of Cards”), Marin Ireland (Ironbound, “Masters of Sex”), Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife”), Mozhan Marnò (“The Blacklist”), Deirdre O’Connell (The Way West), Kate Rigg (The Jammer), and Vella Lovell (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). Adrienne
Campbell-Holt (Cal in Camo, Dry Land) will direct. The evening will also feature a special performance by the Grammy-winning cabaret star Lady Rizo.

 

Co-sponsored by the Society for Ethical Culture, with the support of New Georges, the June 16th event will pay tribute to Dr. Parker’s work in underserved Southern communities (as described in his recent New York Times essay), and will raise funds to aid Mississippi and Alabama abortion clinics under siege, as well as women who cannot cover the costs of obtaining an abortion.

 

Tickets will be on sale in the coming week at is.gd/spareribtix with general admission seating available for $25 , and VIP tickets including a meet-and-greet, for $100. Free tickets will be offered to abortion clinic workers and volunteers, as well as to women who have had an abortion. The cast and director of the Spare Rib reading will be announced at a later date.

Funds raised will support besieged abortion clinics in Mississippi and Alabama as well as Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, which helps Southerners access safe, affordable, and compassionate reproductive health care.

 

Gloria Steinem’s official bio can be found here, and Dr. Willie Parker’s own writing about his work and philosophy can be found in a recent New York Times op-ed here. Playwright and organizer Winter Miller’s bio can be found here

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Café at Ethical- Under the Stars with Athena Reich
The Café at Ethical- Under the Stars with Athena Reich
Friday, June 17, 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.
 
 
Award-winning comedian and singer (maybe you caught Athena as Lady Gaga at the Laurie Beechman Theater last year, a Time Out Critic’s pick) graces our stage this month and is a must-see (and hear!). Besides delightful musical talent, wine, snacks and fine company, the Café opens our doors onto the rooftop where you can enjoy the music and savor the summer night air. Come early while we’re setting up and enjoy the social hour. Doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
We'll be reading and talking about poems on summer.  Bring some and join us.
 
 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 19, 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 19, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

Free Family Festival!

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - "A New Agnosticism" - a conversation between author Robert Wright and Leader Anne Klaeysen
Sunday Meeting - "A New Agnosticism" - a conversation between author Robert Wright and Leader Anne Klaeysen
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Robert Wright
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader  presides
 
 
Scientific and technological progress have transformed the intellectual landscape, changing the way we understand the universe and our place in it. How—if at all—can spiritual thought adapt to this new and challenging context? Robert Wright has outlined a new spiritual worldview that is not just compatible with modern science but deeply informed by it—and by developments in technology and social science as well. He also explains why a “new agnosticism” is taking shape—an agnosticism open-minded enough to accommodate a flourishing of different “spiritual but not religious” worldviews.
 
ROBERT WRIGHT is a  journalist, scholar and award-winning author of The Evolution of God (2009), which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other books include The Moral Animal, which The New York Times Book Review named one of the ten best books of 1994, and Nonzero, which Bill Clinton called "astonishing" and instructed White House staff members to read. In 2009 Wright was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 global thinkers.  He has taught courses in philosophy and religion at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania,   is currently Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York and editor-in-chief of the websites Bloggingheads.tv and MeaningofLife.tv.
 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, June 20, 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
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leaders' Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, June 21, 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.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, June 22, 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
Social Hall- Lower Level
New York Caucus for a Clean Energy Revolution, New York, NY
New York Caucus for a Clean Energy Revolution, New York, NY
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall- Lower Level

This July, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march in Philadelphia for action to prevent climate catastrophe, to ban fracking, to stop dangerous energy, and to justly transition to 100% renewable energy.



Join Food and Water Watch on Wednesday, June 22, for a discussion of dangerous energy threats in our region, clean energy solutions, and how the March for a Clean Energy Revolution can help transform our nation’s energy policy.


We'll strategize together on how to make the march the success it needs to be, including outreach, recruitment and art, as well as transportation and other logistics.

 

Register Here

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 23, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Syria: Civilian Deaths Rising as Attacks Resume,” Human Rights Watch, 4/27/16; “Aleppo Hospital is Bombed” (4/28/16), “What Ceasefire?” (4/29/16), and “Another Aleppo Hospital Attacked” (5/3/16), Vice 
 
 

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 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, June 23, 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.
 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 26, 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 to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 26, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Devastating Impact of Factory Farming
Sunday Meeting - The Devastating Impact of Factory Farming
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Amy Halpern-Laff
Amy Schwarz  presides
 

99 percent of the meat, eggs, and dairy products consumed in the US are produced on factory farms with devastating repercussions on sentient non-human animals, poor and marginalized people, the planet, and public health.

Animal agriculture corporations and their lobbyists have successfully kept the horrors of factory farming hidden from the public. Today we’ll look at a reality that most of us try not to think about. 

A lifelong Ethical Culturist, Amy Halpern-Laff is a consultant to progressive nonprofits, candidates, and schools. She recently relocated to Berkeley, CA to work with Direct Action Everywhere, a radical animal rights organization engaging in nonviolent direct action. As well, she works with Ed100, a California organization that educates parents and community leaders on how California’s education system really works.

A member of several nonprofit boards, Amy advocates for criminal justice reform and equity in education. Her focus, however, is animal liberation.

Amy has a JD from Stanford Law School and formerly practiced law in New York and Connecticut. 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Film Screening: Merchants of Doubt
Film Screening: Merchants of Doubt
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 1:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.  Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Discussion to follow after film.

 
 
6:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 6:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Andra Miller and the  Ethical Action Committee 

SCIENCE, NATURE AND THE BRAIN

Informal conversation with Dr. Felix Fung,

Color-Vision Research Scientist at State University of NY

 

What is science? What is the nature of nature? And what can we know about knowledge? Though we understand that knowledge is the stuff of our brains; we also know that our brains lead our investigations both of nature, and of how we define and accumulate knowledge itself. In this session, Dr Fung will guide us through this circuit — and show how such pursuits lead a scientist into pure mathematics, quantum physics, and neuroscience.

In his career so far, the young Dr Felix Fung has touched on several fields in science. He obtained his bachelor's degree in theoretical physics  at the University of New South Wales with a thesis on atomic physics and another on chaos theory. He then obtained his PhD in mathematical neuroscience at the University of Sydney. He is now a postdoctoral research scientist in color-vision neuroscience at the State University of New York.

 

Light refreshments, wine, coffee

 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

Dissent on Syria, Cyberattacks, Brexit and Tribe

 

Kerry Meets With State Dept. Dissenters Urging Action on Syria By DAVID E. SANGER JUNE 21, 2016   NY Times

As Russian Hackers Probe, NATO Has No Clear Cyberwar Strategy By DAVID E. SANGERJUNE 16, 2016 NY Times
 
Chinese Curb Cyberattacks on U.S. Interests, Report Finds By DAVID E. SANGERJUNE 20, 2016   NY Times
 
Fear, Loathing and Brexit  Paul Krugman JUNE 17, 2016    NY Times
 
Who Is to Blame for Brexit’s Appeal? British Newspapers  By MARTIN FLETCHERJUNE 21, 2016   NY Times
 
Sebastian Junger Says PTSD Is Our Fault  By Karl Vick  May 29, 2016 Time Magazine

 

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 30, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"Unmasking Modi" (5/3/2016) by Siddhartha Deb, New Republic  
 
 

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 to 7:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Becoming the Queen of Your Self: Turn your hot mess menopause into your crowning achievement!
Becoming the Queen of Your Self: Turn your hot mess menopause into your crowning achievement!
Thursday, June 30, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Anne Klaeysen, poet Sharon Mesmer, healing arts practitioner Laurie Hefner, and ceremonialist Donna Henes

Advanced Registration Requested. Contact Maggie Determann mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x113

 

“At her first bleed a woman meets her power.

During her bleeding years she practices it.

At menopause she BECOMES it.”

Native American saying

 

Today there are 823 million menopausal women in the world, or 12% of the world population, according to the United States Census Bureau’s 2014 International Data Base of World Population by Age and Sex. During this event we will work with the power that menopause grants — especially for those suffering through it! — by coming together to acknowledge our undeniable global presence, do a meditation, share our stories and participate in a powerful sovereignty (“crowning”) ceremony.