Ethics in Action Since 1876

The New York Society for Ethical Culture is a humanist community dedicated to ethical relationships, social justice, and environmental stewardship for over 142 years. We celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and work to make the world a better place.
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Ethical Blog

Jeff Behler, New York Regional Director for the U.S. Census Bureau, joined us to discuss challenges and opportunities for the upcoming 2020 Census, including partnership opportunities to help ensure a complete count of our communities. He also explored the census' importance to our democracy, and explained the changes and improvements from the previous census in 2010.

March Ethical Outlook Newsletter Now Available

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

Some say the food system is broken and needs to be fixed. Karen Washington begs to differ; she believes it is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do, exploiting cheap labor and dumping cheap food in impoverished neighborhoods. How else can you explain poverty and hunger in the richest nation in the world? Karen joined us to peel back the true meaning of food justice as people fight for a food system that is equitable and just.

Green New Deal for New York Accountability Forum March 20th

Join a coalition of environmental and community groupsf or a town hall style forum to question Governor Cuomo, Attorney General James and Comptroller DiNapoli, and City-wide elected leaders such as Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer and Speaker Johnson about the accelerating climate crisis. Our state and local elected officials must act now.

Hear what our electeds plan to do to confront the climate crisis as we put the peoples' questions to them. Together, let’s show them our movement will hold them accountable to achieve the bold, transformational action our communities need! RSVP here.

Ours is but one species on this planet we call Earth. Ours is also the last remaining humanoid species, among over a dozen others, Homo Sapiens having successfully outlived (and no doubt contributed to the demise of) Neanderthals, with whom we at one time co-existed. A timeline comparing these species illustrates what a short time we have been at home on this planet, and yet we have had an impact on it far beyond all other species combined. We are facing the reality of our having despoiled our home, perhaps beyond all hope of repair.