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American society is stridently divided. There are those whose primary identities and loyalties are centered on communities which share their values -- ethnic, religious and political. Their dedications tend to be parochial and local. By contrast, many Americans profess broader loyalties. They are committed to others not of their own group and who are different from themselves - to minorities, and to strangers as well as those beyond their family and who hold to similar values.

In conversation with Leader Anne Klaeysen, Ken speaks about the modern settlement house movement in New York City and its role in supporting and assisting vulnerable populations in our city. In the current political and cultural environment, settlement houses continue to provide bedrock services to people in need while simultaneously innovating to assist new immigrant populations, overcome systemic educational challenges and address intensifying problems with housing and employment. Specifically, Ken describes the programming and impact of Hudson Guild, which serves Chelsea and the west side of Manhattan and which has a long and important history with the Ethical Culture movement.

Tickets on Sale Now! 2019 Champions of Change Awards with Rep. Jerry Nadler and ACLU's Lee Gelernt June 7!

Join the New York Society for Ethical Culture on June 7 for the 2019 Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Champions of Change Public Service Awards honoring Congressman Jerry Nadler, Representative for New York's 10th Congressional District and Chair of the House Judiciary Committee; and Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)! Click here to purchase tickets.

Jane Jacobs called it a ballet. It was a soaring, stimulating, and safe place. Neighborhoods had density. Buildings had character. Streets had eyes. By the 1960’s, urban planning had changed. Led by Robert Moses, the ballet of the City would come to a grinding halt. It was replaced by the superblock, the highrise and the highway. The wrecking ball sealed the fate of neighborhoods. What implications did this have on life in New York and how do those fateful decisions still impact us today?

As we seek meaning and connection in our lives, the concept of “spirituality” can serve as a defining element of that search. But the term itself defies definition. Over 100 years ago, Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler offered a way of looking at spirituality that can help us bring alive the ideal of one’s interconnectedness with the web of life. Can it serve as a guide for today?

We host many programs on Global Climate Change but what are we doing right here in our meeting house? For this year's Spring Festival, our children tought us what they have learned about personal responsibility for our environment in an interactive platform full of art, music, and ethical action.

April Ethical Outlook Newsletter Now Available

Our April 2019 Ethical Outlook newsletter is now available. Check out the great events we have coming up throughout the month!

It’s worth 2.9 million dollars, and it has created quite a buzz in intellectual circles. The center of attention is a brief missive written by Albert Einstein, nicknamed “the God Letter,” that was recently auctioned by Christie’s and purchased for that amount. Written in 1954, a year before his death, it summarizes Einstein’s thoughts about God as well as his Jewish identity.

Register Now! Winter Writers' Workshops Begin April 23rd & 25th

Tuesdays or Thursdays this winter, try your hand at personal non-fiction writing in a 9-week Joy of Personal Writing series of classes led by member Elaine Berman Gurney. Join a supportive group of writers--some just starting and others more experienced--to learn basic and advanced writing skills. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

The Settlement House movement began in London with the founding of Toynbee Hall in 1883, and flourished in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It served the poor in urban areas with an approach to social reform that brought together, as neighbors, volunteers and the needy, finding more effective solutions to poverty and pioneering the profession of social work. Perhaps the most famous among these settlement houses was Hull House opened in Chicago by Jane Addams in 1889. She and John Lovejoy Elliott, who founded Hudson Guild in Chelsea on the lower west side of Manhattan in 1895, were Ethical Culture leaders who acted to elicit the best in everyone around them.


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