Event Calendar

Sunday, February 24, 2019

All day
Before 1am
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 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 - Ginan Rauf: Towards Creating a Humanistic Alternative in Muslim Communities
Sunday Platform - Ginan Rauf: Towards Creating a Humanistic Alternative in Muslim Communities
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Does the loss of faith in a supernatural God or the divine origin of the Qur’an invariably lead to a radical break with the diverse cultural traditions of the Muslim world? How can one adopt a humanist stance without internalizing negative stereotypes about a community that has historically been demonized and largely viewed through an orientalist lens? What are the diverse cultural resources available to humanists emerging from Muslim communities as they attempt to create alternatives to faith-based communities and to diversify the larger humanist movement in North America?

Ginan Rauf draws on Anthony Pinn’s notion that cultural difference is a promise rather than a problem as she addresses these questions. Poetry, philosophy, popular culture and the literary arts have always flourished in the Muslim world, allowing people to practice humanism with a small “h.” Serious engagement with this history is crucial for creating humanistic communities and expanding spaces for freedom of expression.

Ginan Rauf is an activist, educator, photographer, oral historian and mother. A secular humanist and feminist, she is committed to promoting critical thinking and a nuanced knowledge of human cultures. She is a founding member of the humanist organization An-Nas: Humanists Rising from Muslim Communities, and co-founder, with her son Sherif Ahmed, of Narrative Lives, which produces oral histories using various mediums including photo essays, videos and audio recordings. Rauf’s PhD from Harvard is in comparative literature, and her MA degree from Brandeis is in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Rauf has taught at Brandeis, Rutgers, University of Connecticut and University of Bridgeport, among others.

This week’s shared charity is the International Rescue Committee (IRC), whose mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives.

12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Learn about the fine work of our climate partners--350NYC, Food and Water Watch, and NYC Grassroots Alliance--are doing, and find out how you can be part of a global climate solution. Hear reports about projects and campaigns they are promoting, and get updates on ways to influence your neighbors, families, and communities to pursue more sustainable-living choices.

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Dreamcatcher Poetry & Women of The Ramapough-Lenape Nation Film Screening w/ Oleana & Lisa Levart
Dreamcatcher Poetry & Women of The Ramapough-Lenape Nation Film Screening w/ Oleana & Lisa Levart
Sunday, February 24, 2019 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

The Poetry reading by Oleana Whispering Dove; Eastern Tsalagi descendant, is a dance of verse and rhyme among Poets with distinction that will challenge, entertain and stimulate minds, and hearts with an innate indigenous spirit that lingers. A rare collection of poems that opens windows of passion and pursuit, caresses and unlocks the heart. This Spoken Word selection from her published book of Love Poems; "Reflections of a Whispering Dove Entangled in a Simmons Serenade", as well as newly written material, aims to broaden the myopic view of contemporary Native Americans imagining a new reverence for life beyond the reservation.

A documentary screening of :"The Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation” - a behind the scenes exploration of the the most recent photographic series by artist Lisa Levart, Directed by Myles Aronowitz. Lisa will discuss her photography series and it’s community participation as a collaborative art project. Lisa's creative collaboration between the artist and women from the Ramapough Lenape Nation, uncovers and rebirths long forgotten Lenape myths. Through a creative lens, the Lenape women’s project brings visibility to the Native American community from the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area that remains marginalized decades after being denied federal recognition. By sharing these contemporary re-interpretations of Native American mythology, the viewers can gain a deeper mindfulness of our collective heritage, as well as an appreciation for the original indigenous peoples of the metropolitan New York area. The exhibit and documentary was sanctioned by the current Ramapough- Lenape Chief, and the Women of Ramapough -Lenape are committed to the integrity of their sacred myths depicted in the images.