Event Calendar

Sunday, December 9, 2018

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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Identity or Persona, What's the Difference and Does it Matter?
Colloquy: Identity or Persona, What's the Difference and Does it Matter?
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508

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!

Presider: Larry Hurst

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 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 Platform - Leader Joe Chuman: Ethical Culture and the Vitalization of American Democracy
Sunday Platform - Leader Joe Chuman: Ethical Culture and the Vitalization of American Democracy
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We are inundated by a spate of books and a tsunami of articles, popular and learned, issuing their warnings about the decline of democracy in America. I don't think their writers are jockeying for headlines or pandering to sensationalism. They are on to something.

From the stagnation of Congress to the power of big money; from the tribalization of political views to a loss of enchantment in democratic values, I do think our democracy is being severely challenged. History tells us that democracies do rise and fall, and there is no guarantee that American democracy will survive forever. In the final analysis, democracy is as democracy does.

While Ethical Culture has always been a numerically small movement, I will argue that the values that Ethical Culture stands for and puts into practice serve as an inspirational model of what a vibrant democratic life style, both nationally and in the local arenas of life, can look like. We have something of great importance to contribute to the needed revitalization of American democracy at this challenging political moment.

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

Shared Charity: This week’s shared charity is the Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition, which sponsors people who have applied for political asylum and been released from federal detention, and for selected other asylum seekers — helping them to establish themselves and achieve self-sufficiency. Services include housing, access to medical care, financial support, educational opportunities, liaison with attorneys, and more.

 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Writefully Ours
Young Ethical Explorers: Writefully Ours
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Deepali Srivastava leads this workshop in “expressing ethics.”

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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 9, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Write for Rights: Write a Letter, Change a Life w/ Amnesty International
Write for Rights: Write a Letter, Change a Life w/ Amnesty International
Sunday, December 9, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

Amnesty International’s Write for Rights is the world’s largest human rights event. Its history goes back 16 years when a young woman had just returned from traveling through Africa where she’d seen activists organizing 24-hour events to write protest letters to governments.

Her local Amnesty group in Poland decided to write Urgent Action appeals for 24 hours. They emailed their idea to other Polish groups, then their idea went viral. People started sending back pictures of themselves writing letters – by Niagara Falls, the Tower of London, in Japan, in Mongolia. It was a spontaneous, grassroots initiative that grew.

A letter - either hand-written or pre-printed - is still one of the most powerful tools we have as activists. When thousands of people write the same letter, our voices united cannot be ignored, and we help change lives for the better. As messages flood mailboxes, prisoners’ conditions improve or they are released. Torture stops. Executions are halted. Change happens. Hope grows.

Every year to mark Human Rights Day (the signing of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”) on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send letters and sign online petitions on behalf of someone they have never met as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.

Just this year on June 8, Write for Rights 2014 case Eskinder Nega, a former prisoner of conscience often thought of as the face of “Journalist at Risk”, spoke here at the New York Society for Ethical Culture shortly after his release. He, along with other prisoners of conscience Dr. Bekele Gerba, Soliyana Shimeles and Andualem Aragie, as well as African activists and politicians, were part of an Amnesty International panel: Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia and Implications for Accountable Governments in East Africa. Mr. Nega stated several times that they would not be free today if not for people like us who write on their behalf.

How it works: Amnesty identifies ten urgent cases among their thousands of cases (prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, torture survivors, and communities at risk) where global activism can make a huge impact. It supplies information on each case and prewritten letters. Participants can choose to just sign the letter and address the envelope, or to handwrite a personal letter with the information supplied. This year, we hope to surpass four-million actions and make a difference in the lives of all ten cases.

You can help. The human rights defenders in this year’s cases — all of them involving women — are counting on you. Some are in jail. Others are under dire threat. All of them targeted for their human rights work.

Please join us Sunday, December 9, at 1:00pm in Ceremonial Hall, as we partner with Amnesty International USA Group 9 and 280 to let the people in this year’s ten cases know they have not been forgotten. Amnesty will supply preprinted letters, envelopes, printed address labels, pens, case histories and refreshments. All you need to bring is yourself (return address labels are optional). International stamps for letters you sign would be greatly appreciated, but are not required.

Taner Kılıç, a 2017 Write for Rights case, spent over a year in prison for his peaceful human rights activism. People like you came together and helped both comfort him and pressure Turkish authorities to free him. After his release, Taner said, “To everyone who sent me countless letters from around the world I want to express my deep gratitude. While in prison, these actions lifted my spirit.”

 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:30pm
Room 508

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.