Event Calendar

August 2017

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12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

Advance registration is required for the entire five-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, August 1, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by B. Appelbaum
The New York Times, 7/25/17

"Don't Tinker with NAFTA. Fix It."
by J. Dias and D. Williams
The New York Times, 7/22/17

"China's Push to Link East and West Puts Iran at Center of Everything"
by T. Erdbrink
The New York Times, 7/23/17

"Turkey Refuses to Back Down in Feud with Germany"
by Kingsley and Eddy
The New York Times, 7/22/17

"Why Is Trump Silent on Poland?"
by S. Sierakowski
The New York Times, 7/25/17

"California Leads, Again, on Climate"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 7/24/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts
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, August 3, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “The Philosophy Toolkit” by Sam Dresser, Aeon, 4/3/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/with-the-use-of-heuristics-anybody-can-think-like-a-philosopher
 

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, August 3, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: The Many Roles of Grandparents in NYC Today
with Brandy Orange, Community Coordinator, NYC DFTA

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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Casablanca
Ethics in Film: Casablanca
Friday, August 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join Ethical NYC on the first Friday of every month for Ethics in Film, featuring a movie and discussion about its ethical themes.

An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Directed by Michael Curtiz.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett.

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, August 6, 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.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Richard Koral: Humanism is Also A Way of Life
Sunday Meeting - Richard Koral: Humanism is Also A Way of Life
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Many of those who call themselves Humanists think of it as a logical, normal, and unremarkable way to be. From time to time we must remind ourselves just how unique, modern, and radical a statement Humanism offers in the history of civilization, and how it continues to be subject to suppression both here and around the world.

This week’s shared charity is the Humanist Institute, whose vision is to provide educational opportunities that serve Humanist and Secular communities in a world where Humanism is a widely accepted and respected life-stance.

 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, August 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join Massimo and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion. Topic: Back to Epictetus!

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

Advance registration is required for the entire five-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, August 8, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

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

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 10, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “The Strange Persistence of Guilt” by Wilfred M. McClay, The Hedgehog Review, vol. 19 no. 1, Spring 2-17 (http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2017_Spring_McClay.php
 

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.

 

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Christian Hayden: Embracing Sankofa: Being Here and There – A Humanist’s Pilgrimage to Ghana
Sunday Meeting - Christian Hayden: Embracing Sankofa: Being Here and There – A Humanist’s Pilgrimage to Ghana
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Christian will explore his year of service in Northern Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps, using reflections and poetry. Join him as he wrestles with spirituality, identity, and his struggle to find presence and peace with an expanded worldview and a broader definition of home.

This week’s shared charity is the Humanist Service Corps (HSC), an international volunteering program guided by the principles of secular humanism. HSC collaborates with local organizations and individuals to empower members of the local communities, protect human rights, and provide basic needs — access to education, healthcare, and jobs.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, August 13, 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. 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

Advance registration is required for the entire five-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, August 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 8/9/17

"Who Ate Republicans' Brains?"
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 7/31/17

"Our Broken Economy in One Simple Chart"
by D. Leonhardt
The New York Times, 8/8/17

"Climate Shifts Aren't Limited to The Weather"
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 8/2/17

"Britain Joins the Shift to Electric Cars"
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 7/31/17

"Liberal Democracy is Eroding in Europe's Backyard"
by Ian Bremmer
Time Magazine, 8/7/17

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Topical Study Group
Topical Study Group
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

This group will research and review resource materials on a particular topic for the purpose of gaining an expertise, one issue at a time. This focus could lead to ethical action in coordination with the Ethical Action Committee. Examples of topics to adopt include income inquality and the waning of the American Dream, incarceration of the untreated mentally ill, and racial injustice.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic: Prove it! Who's got the burden of proof?

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508

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

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 17, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind” by Tamsin Shaw, New York Review of Books, 4/20/17 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/04/20/kahneman-tversky-invisible-mind-manipulators/)
 

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, August 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Adult Protective Services
with Richard Koral, Assistant Leader, Ethical NYC; and Gary Barberio, Director, Community Affairs, NYC HRA

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.

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Robert Berson: Decency and Democracy: The Ethics of Good Neighbors
Sunday Meeting - Robert Berson: Decency and Democracy: The Ethics of Good Neighbors
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Sharing some of the work of Professor Nancy Rosenblum, I will ask, What is a neighbor? Who are our neighbors? and What is special—positive and problematic—about our relationships with neighbors? I’ll share some of my own experiences with neighbors, and ask what might characterize the unique dimensions of the ethics of good neighbors, and how those dimensions relate to Ethical Culture.

DR. ROBERT J. BERSON is Leader at the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester and a clinical psychologist with a practice in Manhattan. Bob is a graduate of the Fieldston School (the Ethical Culture Schools) and of the Sunday School of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. He graduated from Haverford College and earned graduate degrees at Harvard University, Bank Street College of Education, Teachers College, and the City University of New York. He taught in the Ethics Department at Fieldston and has worked in the counseling services at a number of colleges and universities in the New York metropolitan area.

This week’s shared charity is the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

Advance registration is required for the entire five-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, August 22, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, August 23, 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. 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 24, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “The Academy’s Assault on Intellectual Diversity” by Robert Byers, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/19/17 (http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Academy-s-Assault
 

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
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, August 24, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Join members and friends for bagels and coffee before our Sunday platform.

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Ethics and The Theater Play Reading: Good Afternoon
Sunday Meeting - Ethics and The Theater Play Reading: Good Afternoon
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

An ex-Internet reputation specialist who’s lost his own reputation pays a visit to new neighbor. Over tea, cookies, and bourbon, they discover they share a similarly sordid past. Written by Daniel Reitz. Post-performance discussion led by Betsy Ungar.

This week’s shared charity is The Actors’ Fund, a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis, or transition.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

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

Advance registration is required for the entire five-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!

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 31, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “The Cultured Life” by Joseph Epstein, The Weekly Standard, 3/20/17 (http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-cultured-life/article/2007147)
 

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.