Membership

Why Join Ethical Culture?

In a word: COMMUNITY.

When you choose to join Ethical Culture, you become part of a supportive community that nurtures the spirit, respects the intellect, and connects you to others who value the importance of making this world better for all of us. 

Each person may find something different here.  NYSEC is a place for personal growth, where you come on Sunday mornings for uplifting music and inspiring talks.  It’s a place for social gatherings, to meet  friends and see familiar faces.  It’s a place for education, where you can learn to write or draw, communicate effectively, participate in philosophical debates or explore world religions.  It’s a place for cultural enrichment, where you can discuss books, film, and theater, and meet authors and artists.  It’s a place to find support, for solace and assistance in times of need.  It's a place to learn, to engage, to celebrate, to get involved.

As a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture you will have the opportunity to become an active and contributing participant in community events and committees, participating according to your time and interests.  Membership is open to individuals 16 years of age and older or to family groups.

Member benefits include:

  • Opportunity to attend members-only events, including weekend retreats
  • Voting rights on important Society issues
  • Participation on Society Committees
  • Eligibility for our Board of Trustees
  • Our Monthly Newsletter, Ethical Outlook
  • Reserved seating at all NYSEC sponsored programs
  • Discounts on education courses including Ethics for Children Sunday School, Leader-led courses, workshops, and more

Most importantly, you will join a diverse community of likeminded people who share your Humanist ideals and commitment to social justice.

Member Responsibilities

Once you become a member, we encourage you to get involved in the life of the organization.  The New York Society for Ethical Culture is our community and members nurture, sustain, and support it. 

TIME - Learn, Engage, Participate
As a member, you can spend time at the Society, learning more about our philosophy by attending courses like "The Foundations of Ethical Culture"; attending Sunday programs and other events during the week and taking advantage of all the Society has to offer.
 
TALENT - Share Your Skills and Interests
You may want to volunteer on committees and projects; work at co-sponsored events, manning the NYSEC information table, ushering or collecting donations; or propose programs and ethical actions for the Society to get involved in.
 
TREASURE - Annual Pledge Commitment
Members are asked to make and fulfill a financial pledge each year, in order to maintain membership. Member pledges sustain the people, facilities, and programs of the Society.  
 
We understand that each member gives as generously as possible based on their circumstances and financial ability.  Pledges are accepted by check, credit card or through gifts of stock, and can be made in a lump sum or in installments throughout the year.
 
Membership pledges are tax-deductible.