Event Calendar

May 2017

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6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 6:30pm
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, May 2, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

Readings TBA

 
 
 
 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Hunter College is hosting a series of presentation at Roosevelt House and co-hosting book discussions. We will host a discussion twice this month right here at Ethical NYC. May will focus on philosopher Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morality” (http://www.inp.uw.edu.pl/mdsie/Political_Thought/GeneologyofMorals.pdf) and will allow participants to consider how moral concepts grow and evolve, not necessarily “‘naturally,” as an extension of or counterpart to biological evolution, but rather as a result of human creativity and cultural interests.

Join is for one of the scheduled discussions on Wednesday, 5/3, 2-4 pm OR Tuesday, 5/9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Free

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts

TRUE LOVE, Don Shea; THE COLLECTORS, Rohinton Mistry; YOU’RE UGLY, TOO, Lorrie Moore; PALESTINE (Chapter One), Joe Sacco

Read the selections in advance (they’re usually under 70 pages), and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring and reading to us the specific related text. Because this is the format for the discussion, it is important that we all have the same text. To purchase The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus, which we’re using through June, 2017, go to this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/literature-anthologies/adu-bus.html  Visit www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group to learn more about us.

 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “A Sense of Belonging” by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Democracy, Spring 2017 (http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/44/a-sense-of-belonging/
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: What We Can Learn About Aging from LGBTQ Seniors
with Tom Weber, Director of Care Management Services, SAGE
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Auditorium
CANCELLED - Ethics in Action: Poverty in NYC
CANCELLED - Ethics in Action: Poverty in NYC
Thursday, May 4, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Auditorium

NOTICE: This event has been cancelled.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Ex Machina
Ethics in Film: Ex Machina
Friday, May 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Alex Garland
 
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities of Ava (Alicia Vikander), his latest experiment in artificial intelligence.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 7, 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: "We Are Ethical Culture" Community Day & Activities Fair
Sunday Meeting: "We Are Ethical Culture" Community Day & Activities Fair
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen presides

Join us for an interactive morning when we will learn about the many programs we offer and how members can become more involved. Our Annual Membership meeting follows at 12:15pm, after which we will celebrate our achievements at our annual Volunteers’ Appreciation Luncheon.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: Making posters, chants, and speeches for next week's Youth March in Brooklyn.

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Annual Membership Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:15pm
Ceremonial Hall
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, May 8, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Hunter College is hosting a series of presentation at Roosevelt House and co-hosting book discussions. We will host a discussion twice this month right here at Ethical NYC. May will focus on philosopher Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morality” (http://www.inp.uw.edu.pl/mdsie/Political_Thought/GeneologyofMorals.pdf) and will allow participants to consider how moral concepts grow and evolve, not necessarily “‘naturally,” as an extension of or counterpart to biological evolution, but rather as a result of human creativity and cultural interests.

Join is for one of the scheduled discussions on Wednesday, 5/3, 2-4 pm OR Tuesday, 5/9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Free

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “Making Athens Great Again” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The Atlantic, April 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/making-athens-great-again/517791/
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Gin Game
Ethics and the Theater: The Gin Game
Friday, May 12, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present: The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn

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.

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
Next Generation Now - Rally & March for Youth Empowerment
Next Generation Now - Rally & March for Youth Empowerment
Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

YOUTH MARCH at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn
Saturday, May 13th

"Next Generation Now: March and Rally for Youth Empowerment"

The Young Ethical Explorers of NYSEC will be going! Please join us! Let's connect! Wanna meet up!? Hope you'll come! Hope you'll even decide to prepare a song or poem or speech about your deepest values and hopes -- for the world to hear! We support you.

If you want to join the Ethics For Children at NYSEC's prep-work for the March, come on over to our special prep session on May 7th at 11am. -- #2 W. 64th Street, 4-5th floor. RSVP to EthicsForChildren@NYSEC.org or EthicsForTeens@NYSEC.org.

For a friendly connection at the event itself, our group meeting plans will be posted on our blog by May 7th in case you want to join us: www.YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com

To get more involved, or even join a planning committee contact Emma at Children's March NYC: volunteer.childrensmarch@gmail.com

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 14, 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
Sunday Meeting: Joe Chuman
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman

This week's shared charity: Moms Demand Action

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: No gathering. But practice our May theme at home: "May I help?"

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, May 14, 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. 

 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, May 15, 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
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion. Topic TBA.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: “Conflict and Consensus” by Scott Spillman, The Point, Winter 2017 (https://thepointmag.com/2017/politics/conflict-and-consensus

 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: Vision care for seniors
with Dr. Shandor Zelenger, SUNY College of Optometry
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 18, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
CreArtBox Music Series
CreArtBox Music Series
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

Tickets: https://creartbox.nyc

Ethical Culture and CreArt Box present a new edition of the CREART MUSIC SERIES, designed to present classical and new chamber music, with the collaboration of living composers, New York-based ensembles, world-class soloists, and visual artists.

In this third edition, we are performing music by David Lang, Meredith Monk, Anna Clyne (New York premiere of Just As They Are), Timo Andres, Joshua Penman (world premier of Dawnlight), Dvorak, and Telemann.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Open Mic w/ MC Steph Walker & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
The Music Café at Ethical: Open Mic w/ MC Steph Walker & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, May 19, 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.
 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Join us!  Read favorite lines and stanzas from poems you love.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 21, 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: The Reality of the Forgotten Guilty
Sunday Meeting: The Reality of the Forgotten Guilty
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Ronald Kuby
Dan Hanson presides

This week's shared charity: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Everyone likes the stories of the innocent people behind bars who are exonerated.  Innocence projects and exoneration initiatives abound, and law schools have developed projects and curricula focused on innocence.  But has the focus on the actually innocent worked to the detriment of most people in the criminal justice system that, after all, are actually guilty.  Let’s talk about that reality: the millions of prisoners who “did it,” but are in prison due to race, poverty, and overcriminalization.

Ronald L. Kuby is an American criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show, host and television commentator. He has also hosted radio programs on WABC Radio in New York and Air America radio. Kuby currently leads the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby in Manhattan.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: Gathering team for AIDS WALK NYC. Sign up at Ethical or contact ethicsforchildren@nysec.org to either join the walking team or sponsor them!

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, May 22, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science - Pattern Language: What Are & Say
Speaking of Science - Pattern Language: What Are & Say
Monday, May 22, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Mark Edelman

 

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

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, May 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

Readings TBA

 
 
 
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -
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
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC General Public Meeting
350NYC General Public Meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” By Rick Perlstein, The NY Times Magazine, 4/11/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/magazine/i-thought-i-understood-the-american-right-trump-proved-me-wrong.html
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 28, 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This month's theme: "May I help?"

This week: No gathering.

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Doing Our Part: The Ethical Steps We Can Personally Take to Slow and Reverse Climate Change
Sunday Meeting - Doing Our Part: The Ethical Steps We Can Personally Take to Slow and Reverse Climate Change
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Matthew Benson
Larry Hurst presides

This week's shared charity: The New York Solar Energy Society

Matthew Benson will lead a deep dive into how the choices we make everyday regarding our habits, traditions and lifestyle impact the local and global environment and contribute to climate change. New and innovative data and recommendations will be given to the audience to take personal steps to live in greater ethical alignment; improve their health; lower their carbon footprint; and make a lifelong commitment to slow and reverse further global warming and adverse climate change.

How aligned are our habits and lifestyle with our ethical ideals? Is there a way we can simultaneously live more ethically; improve our health; and do our part to protect the environment and lower our carbon footprint? What steps can we take as individuals, families and communities to restore and clean our oceans, land and air do our part to forestall further adverse climate change?

Matthew Benson studied art and philosophy at Skidmore College and has a Masters degree in Fundraising Management and Nonprofit Development from Columbia University. He has worked with many nonprofits including Riverkeeper, the New York Solar Energy Society, City Harvest and many local and national political campaigns. He recently obtained a degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and coaches and lectures on life and health management and applying micro and macro lifestyle and diet modifications to advance community health and address climate change.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire eight-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!