Event Calendar

December 2017

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7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Time Bandits
Ethics in Film: Time Bandits
Friday, December 1, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
 
A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: Us the Duo
Concert: Us the Duo
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Metro Presents: http://www.metropolitanpresents.com/concert-hall-nysec/

 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 3, 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 - Richard Koral: The Communities We Make
Sunday Meeting - Richard Koral: The Communities We Make
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Some communities we are born into, some communities arise from the circumstances in which we find ourselves, and some communities we create with purpose and intention. Ethical Culture is an intentional community of people who share a quest for understanding and a mission to make our world more ethical and humane.

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
New Member Luncheon
New Member Luncheon
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro
Film & Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Presented by the Ethical Action Committee.

This documentary gives us James Baldwin's crucial observations on race relations in America in this time -- when Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. had all lived and been assassinated -- and provides a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go.

Ethical NYC and Societies across the country will be presenting programs and taking actions in keeping with the 2017 American Ethical Union Resolution: Toward Repairing the Harm of Racism.

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Grassroots Alliance is a coalition of environmental groups focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels, especially fracked shale gas, with wind, water and solar power. Events range from screenings to panel discussions to rallies and art builds. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by J. Brown & M. Bloomberg
The New York Times, 11/15/2017

Dismantling the Foreign Service
by N. Burns & R. Crocker
The New York Times, 11/28/17

Forget Trump and Discover the World
by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 11/29/17

The Biggest Tax Scam in History
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 11/28/17

Book Review of "Europe's Crises & The Fate of The West"
by W. Drozdiak
Time Magazine, 11/12/17

Torches and Hate on the March in Poland
by the Editorial Boad
The New York Times,11/15/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group
Great Literature Discussion Group
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Read the novella in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group.  Visit https://www.meetup.com/Great-Literature-Discussions/  to learn more about us.

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

Members Free, Guests $5

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Readings: "How Civilization Started" by John Lanchester, The New Yorker, 9/18/17 (www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/18/the-case-against-civilization)

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, December 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: What's Depression All About: Is It Normal? Is It Not?
with Wendy Panken, LCSW & Karen Gennaro, MD

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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Cocktail Hour
Ethics and the Theater: The Cocktail Hour
Friday, December 8, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

Ethics and the Theater will present: The Cocktail Hour by A.R. Gurney

It’s a fall evening in the mid-1970s in Upstate New York, and the family — elderly parents, middle-aged son and daughter — have gathered for drinks and light conversation before dinner. But the prospect of the son’s new play, whose manuscript lies on the coffee table, transforms the banter to barbs spiked with wit as dry as the gin.

Come at 6:30 pm for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
The Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild
General Meeting
Social Hall

1 - 4 pm

 

This is a membership organization separate from NYSEC that sets its own yearly & event fees. For more information, visit: www.bakg.org

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium & Social Hall
Winter Secular Solstice 2017: Generations
Winter Secular Solstice 2017: Generations
Saturday, December 9, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium & Social Hall

Again this year, we are co-sponsoring this inspiring event. It includes a singalong ceremony and storytelling about the first hunter-gatherers who looked up at the sky and wondered when sun would return. We'll sing old favorites like "Here Comes The Sun" and Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," as well as new songs written just for the occasion. Along the way, we'll journey through the darkness, confronting the difficult challenges that lie ahead of our species, and looking forward to a future we can build together.

Children are welcome. The first half of the program is rated "PG" and the second half is "PG-13". During the second half of the ceremony (which is a bit more serious and adult-focused), there will be activities for them in downstairs Social Hall.

ETHICAL NYC MEMBER DISCOUNT: $10 tickets are available to members at the door or by contacting Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org or 212-875-5210 ext. 113.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-secular-solstice-2017-generations-tickets-39033310683

Doors open at 5pm.

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Should we try to make a deal for DACA?
Colloquy: Should we try to make a deal for DACA?
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508

Topic: Should we try to make a deal for DACA?

Let us consider whether we should try to trade with Trump and the Republican members of Congress to get guaranteed permanent approval of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in exchange for appropriation of, say, a billion dollars for increased border patrols, and R&D of modern electronic border surveillance systems.

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August).

Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 10, 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 - Joe Chuman: Tragedy and the Triumph of the Human Spirit
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: Tragedy and the Triumph of the Human Spirit
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We all wear social masks. In public we always want to present our best selves. This is perfectly understandable and probably necessary for society to function. But peer beneath the surface and one encounters a very different picture of the human condition.

My nearly half-century as a Ethical leader has given me a privileged view into the realities that lie behind the personalities we present to the outer world. Few and fortunate are the families that go unbeset by great tragedy - children with severe mental illnesses, the struggle with chronic diseases, addictions of many types, criminality - not passing discomforts, but deep-rooted challenges that claim continual attention, and even serve to define one's life. Life for many, most, is not a bed of roses. "I believe in the tragic view of life," declared Ethical Culture's founder, Felix Adler, and I understand what he meant. Humanist that I am, I do not believe in a sunny view of the human condition. If warranted, then where do we find the greatness of the human spirit? What can we find in our fellow human beings that inspires? I believe that if their triumph there be in life, it come most of all not from prevailing over those conditions that we confront. After al,l we all enter the dark night in the end and nature will have the last word. Rather, the greatness of the human spirit, I believe, lies in the sheer persistence, in the doggedness, in the refusal to accede to those forces threatening to do us in. It lies in the unyielding commitment to seek something better and to affirm life no matter what life throws at us, no matter how great the challenges we are forced to endure.

Presider: Henryka Komanska

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Write for Rights w/ Amnesty International
Write for Rights w/ Amnesty International
Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

On Human Rights Day, December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will send letters and sign online petitions related to human rights as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights event. These messages help convince government officials in many corners of the world to release “prisoners of conscience” — people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, and to support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.

Our Ethical Action Committee is partnering with Amnesty International this year. From among their thousands of cases, Amnesty International will identify 10 urgent cases where global activism can make a big impact. They will provide the information on each case, along with a prewritten letter.

Letter-writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International’s human rights campaigning. The organization can point to prisoners who’ve been freed and crimes that have been acknowledged due to pressure from Amnesty supporters. Anyone taking part in the Ethical NYC event would be joining people in an estimated 200 countries that participate in this annual event. The more people that participate in Write for Rights, the greater the influence on government officials.

Human Rights Day commemorates the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected, and it has since been translated into more than 500 languages.

You can choose to just sign the letter and address the envelope, or, with the supplied information, to hand-write a personal letter. Amnesty International’s goal is to surpass four million actions and make a difference in the lives of all 10 cases. Take just a few minutes from your day to lend a hand.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, December 10, 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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

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.

https://www.ted.com/talks/deepika_kurup_a_young_scientist_s_quest_for_clean_water

https://www.ted.com/talks/devita_davison_how_urban_agriculture_is_transforming_detroit

https://www.ted.com/talks/dao_nguyen_what_makes_something_go_viral

https://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver

https://www.ted.com/talks/shubhendu_sharma_how_to_grow_a_forest_in_your_backyard

https://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_sussman_the_world_s_oldest_living_things

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: True Love, Fungible Love, and The Flash
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: True Love, Fungible Love, and The Flash
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Please join us for a Socratic discussion.

Topic: True Love, Fungible Love, and The Flash

We’ll do this by way of talking about Plato’s Symposium, the metaphysics of multiple universes, and the superhero television series The Flash.

Suggested reading: https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/true-lovefungible-love-and-the-flash/

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 14, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Robert Sapolsky's Behave is a tour de force of science writing" by Henry Marsh, New Statesman, 10/21/17 (https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/10/robert-sapolsky-s-behave-tour-de-force-science-writing) and "Why Your Brain Hates Other People" by Robert Sapolsky, Nautilus, 6/22/17 (http://nautil.us/issue/49/the-absurd/why-your-brain-hates-other-people)
 

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.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Forging Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
Thursday, December 14, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Forgiveness lies at the heart of loving relationships. We all harm, and are harmed by, others. There's no escaping this human condition. The better we understand the process of forgiveness, the better we are able to repair broken connections. Forgiveness must also take place at institutional and political levels for the health of our communities.

This 6-session course will explore the process of forgiveness in both the personal and public spheres.

Syllabus and readings available from Maggie Determann.

Free to members, $5 donation per session for guests

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Maggie Dee and Stuart Waters
The Music Café at Ethical: Maggie Dee and Stuart Waters
Friday, December 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy. MC Steph Walker and the John Wilmeth Jazz bring Trio bring us a bevy of musical talent.

This month features musical duo of Maggie Dee and Stuart Waters, who have been delighting audiences throughout the metropolitan area with their dazzling renditions of the Great American Song Book, pop, and jazz standards. The various night spots where they’ve performed include Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad, Margarita’s Café, the Huntington Hilton, Grasso’s in Cold Spring Harbor and more. They are delighted to be returning to perform at the Café at Ethical.

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Join us!  Come read and chat about your favorite poems. 

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 17, 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 - Winter Festival
Sunday Meeting - Winter Festival
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for an intergenerational Ethical tradition of celebrating the Winter Solstice together. This year our children and member musicians will present the story of Frederick by Leo Lionni. Winter is coming, and all the mice are gathering food--except for Frederick. But when the days grow short and the snow begins to fall, it’s Frederick’s stories that warm the hearts and spirits of his fellow field mice. Hosted by Leader Anne Klaeysen.

Presider: Leader Richard Koral

Shared charity: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Special Reading: Joy of Personal Writing Workshop
Special Reading: Joy of Personal Writing Workshop
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

The JOY OF PERSONAL WRITING Workshop Members invite you to tea and cake and a reading of our work.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life: Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?
Stoic School of Life: Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?
Monday, December 18, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join me and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion.

Topic: Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?

The Stoic School of Life is inspired by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, and many others simply gave lectures about their favorite topics, and engaged in Socratic discussions with people

The Existentialist philosopher Albert Camus famously said that suicide is the only serious philosophical question. As in “why not?” Surprisingly, the Stoics had a view on the meaning of life, and on suicide, that is not that far from that of the Existentialists.

At this meeting we will explore the parallels between Existentialism and Stoicism, talk about the meaning of life and where it comes from, and take a look at Epictetus’ famous “open door” policy, which tells you if and when you should quit.

Suggested reading: https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/should-i-kill-myself-or-have-a-cup-of-coffee-the-stoics-and-existentialists-agree-on-the-answer-auid-924

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members to find out who we are and what we do. Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Monday, December 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office, Room 502
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Holiday Party Potluck with Guest Speaker Samara Swanston
350NYC Holiday Party Potluck with Guest Speaker Samara Swanston
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

We are delighted to welcome a special guest speaker for our end of year event: Samara Swanston, Legislative Counsel to the NYC Environment Committee, will speak about climate related legislative items coming up in NY City Council for 2018 and related issues.



We will also be celebrating all the great work 350NYC has done in the past year. Please bring a dish or drink to share for the potluck.



Newcomer orientation at 6:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, December 21, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "What Are We Doing Here?" by Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, 11/9/17 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/11/09/what-are-we-doing-here/
 

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 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
American Indian Community House Monthly Social and Toy Drive
American Indian Community House Monthly Social and Toy Drive
Thursday, December 21, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Monthly Social and Gathering of Native Americans (GONA).

Drumming, Dancing, Local Native Vendors.

Toy drive this month!

https://aich.org/

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, December 21, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Aging Hips & Knees: Treatment Possibilities
with Reuben Ingber, MD

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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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 24, 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 - Anne Klaeysen: Remembrance Sunday
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

All of us are touched by loss. So it is that on this last Sunday of the year we set aside time to reflect before embarking upon a new year. We remember our dead, honor those who have profoundly touched our lives, and immortalize them in the ways we choose to conduct our lives. We face tomorrow with hope made stronger by the lessons we have learned and the love we have shared.

Light refreshments will follow. No lunch at 12:45.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 12:15pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

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

 
 
Monday, December 25, 2017 (All day) to Friday, December 29, 2017 (All day)
Building Closed
Building Closed
Monday, December 25, 2017 (All day) to Friday, December 29, 2017 (All day)

Closed for the holidays.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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