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Ethics in Action Since 1876

The New York Society for Ethical Culture is a Humanist community dedicated to ethical relationships, social justice, and democracy since 1876. We celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s challenges, and work together to build a more just world.

Action & Advocacy

Putting deed before creed and ethics into action to build a more just world

Education & Enrichment

Fostering curiosity and personal development to bring out the best in one another

Youth & Family

Humanist programs for children, teens, and parents

Community Service

The Social Service Board at Ethical NYC

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Sustainable Recycling in NYC: Tour the SMR Sunset Park Materials Recovery Facility

September 26, 2023
On September 20, we toured NYC’s recycling facility in Brooklyn and learned about this gigantic…

Share and Learn with Cliff Eberhardt: Where Broadway Meets The Blues

September 25, 2023
Share and Learn: Join us to learn about a panoply of creative activities brought to…

Nori Rost: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…Life Lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

September 24, 2023
No, it’s not Superman. In this service, Dr. Rost explored the lives and antics of…
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Pathways to Ethical Culture: Philosophical Precursors to Ethical Culture

September 20, 2023
Ethical Culture is a humanist community that esteems ethics as its core precept, human worth…

Fall Event Series: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

September 20, 2023
Called humanity’s Magna Carta by our friend Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…

Andrew Boyd: Navigating the Climate Crisis with Grief, Hope, and Gallows Humor

September 17, 2023
Leader Dr. Joe Chuman interviewed Andrew Boyd, author of I Want a Better Catastrophe: With…
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Ethical Youth at the 2023 UN International Day of Peace Youth Event

September 15, 2023
Our Ethical youth spent Thursday on their annual field trip to the United Nations for…

Borscht Belted: Warren Epstein’s Acclaimed One-Man Show Sept. 21 & 22

September 13, 2023
At Ethical NYC September 21 & 22: Laughs, dreams and cold beet soup in the…

September 20: ‘Unlucky Gal: The Jane Doe Story’ Comes to Ethical

September 12, 2023
In-person and online! Followed by a Q&A with the cast, playwright, director, Marty Garbus, and…

Programs & Events

Our landmark meeting house hosts inspiring gatherings, enriching workshops, youth and family activities, community service projects, and world-class entertainment.

Young Ethical Explorers: Peace Dances and Songs with Simba Yangala

Join us to create peace dances and songs with Simba Yangala and special guest artists. Monthly Theme: Organic October 10am-12:30 ~ COMING OF AGE (to be confirmed) 10:30-11am ALL AGES...

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01 October 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Nori Rost: Now I Am Become Barbie, Destroyer of Worlds

In-person and online! Next in her series exploring current pop culture, Leader Dr. Nori Rost explores the 'Barbenheimer' phenomenon. Watch Online: Click to join at start | ID 863 0430 0961 |...

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01 October 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ethics and the Theater Presents: HEISENBERG by Simon Stephens

Our long-running staged reading and talkback series continues on September 29 and October 1 with two performances of Simon Stephens’s Heisenberg: In a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex,...

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01 October 2023 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Say Yes to Science with Dr. Frank Corigliano

Thanks to vaccines and other medical innovation, COVID-19 is now endemic. On 1st and 3rd Mondays at 11am, clinical psychologist Frank Corigliano will continue to address your concerns about managing day-to-day during this trying...

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02 October 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Getting to Know You (Members Only)

Get to know our Ethical Culture family in a comfortable, casual way. Each session features a pair of members in a dialogue with one another, each responding to a few...

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02 October 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Artist in Residence Jody Sperling

Dancer and choreographer Jody Sperling of Time Lapse Dance is the Society’s Ecological Artist in Residence.

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Rent Our Spaces

Our building holds a distinct place in New York City's architectural history. Offering breathtaking views of Central Park and elegant, well-appointed spaces, our historic meeting house is the perfect venue for your special event. Our beautiful, century-old building retains its historic charm while providing guests with the very best in modern services.

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Your one-time or sustaining gift helps us promote progressive values, fight for social justice, and give voice to those who otherwise might not be heard.

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