Activities at NYSEC are often scheduled for every day of the week, but the main community activities occur on Sunday. Unless otherwise noted all events are free and open to the public.
Sunday Morning Meeting (11:15am, 10:15am July - August) is our most important community event. These gatherings are intended to educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and build a sense of community. Sunday meetings usually begin with a musical prelude, and are followed by greetings, songs, and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest speaker. Talks cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, social issues and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day. While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public. Each Sunday a Society member is available afterwards to welcome newcomers, answer their questions and accompany them to brunch and Social Hour. For upcoming Sunday Meeting topics, please see our calendar. more
Brunch and Social Hour in the 6th floor school cafeteria follows each Sunday meeting. This offers time for sharing a meal, socializing and participating in ethical action activities. more
Ethics for Children, our version of Sunday School, is designed for youngsters from four to 13 years of age and takes place concurrent with our Sunday Meeting. Sessions raise issues of personal identity and integrity, appreciation and respect for others, and knowledge of religions, philosophies, and social concerns. Topics are explored in an age-appropriate way through discussion, storytelling, dramatization, music, art, games, and field trips. more
Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead (212-874-5210 x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.