Event Calendar

June 2018

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 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: Jinah Parker in Conversation
Sunday Meeting: Jinah Parker in Conversation
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Ethical NYC member Sarah Tielemans interviews Jinah Parker. In 2015, Jinah created The Jinah Parker Project, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to tackling major social issues through dance. Her most recent work in that regard is SHE, a Choreoplay about sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. It has been described by The New York Times as “passionate and necessary, and will make its Off-Broadway debut in the Fall of 2018.

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Jinah Parker (Buffalo, NY) received a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University and a B.A. in Dance from the University at Buffalo (Phi Beta Kappa). Prior to her graduate studies, Jinah was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Lehrer Dance, regional productions of AIDA, Beauty and the Beast. While at NYU, Jinah worked with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater, where she became a commissioned choreographer. She worked as a dance educator in the Buffalo and NYC Department of Education, at the university-level, and currently teaches part-time at The Dalton School. A recipient of the 2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Program and commissioned to design curriculum for Nadine Bommer -- one of Israel’s major artistic institutions. In 2015, Jinah created The Jinah Parker Project, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to tackling major social issues through dance. Her most recent work in that regard is SHE, a Choreoplay about sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. It has been described by The New York Times as “passionate and necessary, and will make its Off-Broadway debut in the Fall of 2018.

Presider: Sarah Tielemans

Shared Charity: Connect NYC

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 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, June 3, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
American Youth Orchestra Concert
American Youth Orchestra Concert
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

American Youth Orchestra will perform a selection of Latin American pieces and Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on June 3 at 1:30 at Ceremonial Hall conducted by Andrea Profili.

American Youth Orchestra is a program of Orchestrating Dreams. Orchestrating Dream's mission is to strengthen New York communities by providing music instruction as a vehicle for personal and social development for children and their families. We make music education accessible to diverse communities, and develop students’ character and social skills. Orchestrating Dreams consists of three programs that, altogether, form a pipeline of music education from childhood to adulthood: WHIN Music Project, the American Youth Orchestra (AYO) and Orchestrating Mentors. 

Visit OrchestratingDreamsNYC.org for more information.

 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Great Unsolved Philosophical Questions
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Great Unsolved Philosophical Questions
Monday, June 4, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: Great Unsolved Philosophical Questions

While there are lots of questions philosophers can’t answer, there are a few big ones that people have been obsessing over for thousands of years, such as: Do we really have free will? Can we know anything at all? And who am “I”? We’ll be talking about these and others; feel free to bring your favorite unanswerables! Suggested reading: 5 great unsolved philosophical questions https://blog.oup.com/2018/01/5-great-unsolved-philosophical-questions/

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/SkyeandMassimophilosophycafe

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 4, 2018 -
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, June 5, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 4th Tuesdays
with moderator Ken Gans

 
Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings:

Democrats Smartly Go Populist

Sounding Code Red

Trump's Manchurian Trade Policy

E.U. Proposes Ban To Cut Down Sea Pollution

The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite

Severe Drought Adds to Woes of War-Ravaged Afghanistan

Libyan Factions Agree to Elections Despie Big Rifts

 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Turn of The Screw
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Turn of The Screw
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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, June 7, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:
 
“What Is Good Science?” by Adam Becker, Aeon, 4/5/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/a-fetish-for-falsification-and-observation-holds-back-science

“Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?” by Kevin Berger, Nautilus, 3/22/18 (http://nautil.us/issue/58/self/why-do-so-many-scientists-want-to-be-filmmakers)

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders: Arts & Minds
Empowering Ethical Elders: Arts & Minds
Thursday, June 7, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Arts & Minds
with Carolyn Halpin Healy, Executive Director of Arts & Minds

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 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: Clybourne Park
Ethics and the Theater: Clybourne Park
Friday, June 8, 2018 -
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: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

Who were the people who sold the house in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun to the Younger family? How did their neighbors react? How did the house and the neighborhood fare in the following decades? Clybourne Park answers those questions with lacerating humor, in the process exposing racial and social tensions that may be expressed differently but have basically changed little over time.

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
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, June 9, 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild General Meeting

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

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Humility
Colloquy: Humility
Sunday, June 10, 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!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 10, 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 Meeting - Jacquie Ottman: NYC’s Bumpy Journey to Zero Waste
Sunday Meeting - Jacquie Ottman: NYC’s Bumpy Journey to Zero Waste
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

NYC generates 25,000 tons of waste per day. With no landfill or incinerators, it is trucked daily to neighboring states, mostly to poor neighborhoods. Jacquelyn Ottman, zero waste advocate and author, will talk about these and other issues associated with NYC’s waste and provide strategies for navigating what is likely to be a bumpy road ahead.

In 2012, Ottman founded WeHateToWaste.com, a global forum for sharing stories and ideas about what it takes to live a resource-efficient lifestyle. Using the insights she garners by interacting with consumers, government leaders, and waste advocates on her site, she shares her learning with corporate, government and not for profit groups, among them Etsy.com, Action Environmental, Sierra Club, and Society for Ethical Culture.

An ardent advocate of NYC’s “Zero Waste x 2030” plan, she serves as chair, Residential Recycling and Reuse Committee, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board. She has been certified as a ‘Zero Waste Business Associate’ by the US Zero Waste Business Council.

Ottman spent the first twelve years of her career as a researcher and strategist in NYC ad agencies. There she learned how to market consumer goods from Procer and Gamble, Ralston Purina and other clients. In 1989 she founded the NYC-based J. Ottman Consulting, Inc., applying her classical marketing expertise to the new area she pioneered of green marketing.  She has advised U.S. government ecolabeling programs including the U.S. EPA's Energy Star, and the USDA Certified Biobased label as well as several Fortune 500 companies including L’Oreal, 3M, Nike, HSBC Bank, GE, Johnson and Johnson, on positive strategies for meeting consumer needs more sustainably.

She is the author of eight books, including: The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding (Berrett-Koehler, 2011) and How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims: What Marketers Need to Know about the FTC’s 2012 Green Guides (Advertising Age, 2013) (co-author). Her latest, If Trash Could Talk: Poems, Stories and Musings, was recently released in April 2018, and is on now on sale at Amazon.com

Key Links:

Jacquie’s Website: http://www.greenmarketing.com

Twitter:  @jacquelynottman

Linked in:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquelynottman

We Hate To Waste.com http://www.wehatetowaste.com

Shared Charity: Rescuing Leftover Food

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 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, June 10, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, June 10, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life - Stoic Role Models, Ancient and Modern
Stoic School of Life - Stoic Role Models, Ancient and Modern
Monday, June 11, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Stoic Role Models, Ancient and Modern

The Stoics thought that one of the best ways to learn how to be virtuous is to model oneself after virtuous people. They had a gallery of real and imaginary role models. At this meetup we will discuss the concept of a Stoic role model, take a look at two examples (one ancient, Cato the Younger, on the right; one modern, Susan Fowler, on the left), and see what we can learn from them. Come prepared with a suggestion for your own role model!

Suggested readings:

https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/seneca-on-cato-the-best-q...

https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/susan-fowler-as-a-modern-...

The School is inspired by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. We will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome.

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Leader Anne Klaeysen

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/hyeonseo_lee_my_escape_from_north_korea

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

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

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 -
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.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 14, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:
 

“Human Nature Matters” by Skye C. Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, Aeon, 4/25/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/theres-no-philosophy-of-life-without-a-theory-of-human-nature)

“”What Is Empathy?” by Andrew Scull, The Times Literary Supplement, 4/10/18 (https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/what-is-empathy/

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Abigail Lumsden, Les Horan, & The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Music Café: Abigail Lumsden, Les Horan, & The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, June 15, 2018 -
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.

“She is at once a seriously accomplished, skilled craftswoman at the piano with flawless technique and amazing powers of concentration, and also an extremely funny, witty, and engaging performer.”
-- Katie Agresta, legendary voice coach of Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews

“…I’m delighted to have found an artist with a deep love and respect for music. Abigail Lumsden’s jazz numbers, like ‘Doorway’, with its incredible scat vocal in combination with her virtuosity on the piano, impresses me the most.
--Pierre Ringwald, Co-host of Lauantaijatsit (Saturday Jazz, Helsinki Finland)

“I’ve never seen an audience quite so taken … a terrific performance!”
–George Rothman, conductor, Riverside Symphony Orchestra

Guest vocalist, pianist and violinist Abigail Lumsden and her husband and co-producer, pianist Les Horan are a multi-faceted musical duo whom you may have caught at Birdland, the Bitter End, or Symphony Space. Their landmark double album “Imagine Your Heart’s Journeys” features Lumsden’s captivating vocals and Horan’s intricate harmonies, on tunes from the Great American Songbook, contemporary popular classics and swing, unique renditions of the classical repertoire, and original compositions that transport the listener into her truly original jazzy world.

The Music Café at Ethical is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks. Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvanas, Flute Bar, The Triad and The Metropolitan Room.

Tonight, The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio will include Dave Meade, renown drummer/percussionist. He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few. Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room. Our guest bassist Ratzo Harris is a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist who has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter. “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).

 
 
9:30 AM
West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive
Spring Bike Ride 2018
Spring Bike Ride 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:30am
West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive

Come ride with us on this 4-hour biking adventure, leaving from West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive and traveling to Wave Hill Garden in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The cycling distance is approximately 22 miles on a mostly flat terrain with a couple of short hills. Most of the ride will be on the Hudson River bike path, with some on quiet city streets.

Bring water and a bicycle lock. You can either bring your lunch or purchase one at the garden cafe.

You must wear a bicycle helmet to participate. You don’t need to sign up, just show up at the appointed hour. Rain cancels. Questions? Ask Henryka Komanska or Chris Bernhardt

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Voter Registration Training
Voter Registration Training
Saturday, June 16, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the City of New York

You must register by email with Emily Corvi ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or 212-725-3541

Learn how to conduct your next voter registration drive, participate in one of the League's events, or train your group for their outreach activities. We'll also be discussing voter registration in the context of 2018 elections.

Please be advised that this training will rely heavily on our Voter Registration Training Guide. Physical copies will be available for purchase at the training, or you can download and view the PDF:

http://www.lwvnyc.org/images/2018%20Voter%20Registration%20Training%20Guide%20-%20updated%2004052018%20.pdf

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Our last poetry session until September falls on Father’s Day. So, some of us may bring poems about a father or father figure.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 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 - Kevin Powell: "Fatherhood, Manhood, #MeToo, Dr. King, and Bobby Kennedy”
Sunday Meeting - Kevin Powell: "Fatherhood, Manhood, #MeToo, Dr. King, and Bobby Kennedy”
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

A special Father’s Day talk featuring Kevin Powell, writer, public speaker, activist, and author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. The product of a single mother, an absent father, violence, and horrific poverty, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to a full financial aid package, and against great odds. Kevin has gone on to be a writer who has worked for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and major websites, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, ESPN, Essence, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Vibe, where he was a senior writer and founding staff member. Most recently, Kevin wrote a British GQ cover story on Black Panther movie co-star Michael B. Jordan, and currently hosts an Apple Podcast called “One on One with Kevin Powell.” Kevin Powell is also the author of 13 books, including his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. His 14th book will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed many times while working for Vibe. Kevin is also a long-time public speaker and activist, and is the co-founder of BK Nation, a new American organization and website focused on equal opportunities for all people. Kevin and his wife are proud and long-time residents of Brooklyn, New York.

Presider: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity: SHE: A Choreoplay via The Field

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 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, June 17, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: The New Black
Film & Discussion: The New Black
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members for dessert, and 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 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, June 19, 2018 -
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.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 21, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:
 
“Time Is Elastic” by Carlo Rovelli, The Guardian, 4/14/18 (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/14/elastic-concept-order-of-time-carlo-rovelli

“The Meaning of Time” by Carlo Rovelli, Financial Times, 4/20/18 (https://www.ft.com/content/ce6ef7b8-429a-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders: Avoiding Scams, Identity Theft, and Elder Abuse
Empowering Ethical Elders: Avoiding Scams, Identity Theft, and Elder Abuse
Thursday, June 21, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Avoiding Scams, Identity Theft, and Elder Abuse
with James Dees, Department of Financial Services

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, June 24, 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 Meeting - Richard Koral: The Volunteerism Movement
Sunday Meeting - Richard Koral: The Volunteerism Movement
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Is volunteerism always for the better? Or does it simply signify a dysfunctional economy where needs are not being met? Do people really volunteer for selfish reasons? Does that matter?

 

Presider: Steve Serling

Shared Charity: The Door

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 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, June 24, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, June 24, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
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.

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Leader Anne Klaeysen

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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 4th Tuesdays
with moderator Ken Gans

 
Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings:

Do You Feel More Secure?

A German-French Alliance to Save the E.U. and Each Other

The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs

Big Business, Squashing Small

The Limits of Being the World's Bully

A Moral Outrage We Must Not Tolerate

Anarctica Is Meling at a Much Faster Pace

 
 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, June 28, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:
 
“The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark” by Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 4/2/18 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/the-mind-expanding-ideas-of-andy-clark

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, June 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall