Living up to our motto of Deed Before Creed, since our founding in 1876 the Society and its members have led and supported efforts to address the key social and political issues of our day through activism, community service, and financial support.

The Society’s Ethical Action Committee organizes advocacy and educational events in our building, marches and protests in the streets, letter-writing or petition campaigns, and other projects, both on our own and in partnership with many local organizations.

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Ethics in Action July 9, 2020

Fight Voter Suppression from Home with “Reclaim Our Vote”

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Ethics in Action July 8, 2020

Donate Now: Help Support Our Women’s Shelter!

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Ethics in Action June 10, 2020

Help Support BLM NYC’s People’s Food Program

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Our Partnerships

In pursuit of our mission, since our founding the New York Society for Ethical Culture has worked in partnership with other local organizations and community groups who are dedicated to achieving social justice in New York City and beyond.

American Indian Community House

Amnesty International NYC Groups 9 and 280

Formerly Fundamentalist NYC, a secular organization which connects people who left various fundamentalist faiths and are now living in the NYC area.

League of Women Voters of the City of New York

Radical Age Movement

Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Environmental Stewardship

We at the New York Society for Ethical Culture have committed ourselves to supporting and promoting the important work of local environmental and climate groups as part of our mission to help bring human activity into harmony with the earth’s natural systems.

Our Environmental Stewardship Committee meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30pm. We also host environmental justice and climate speakers once a month on Sunday mornings at our Platform talks. See our calendar for upcoming talks, and our YouTube channel for past speakers on topics including animal agriculture, sustainable economics, and climate change. We also host film screenings and educational forums on a wide range of related issues.

Ethical is also proud to have hosted the organizing committee of the People’s Climate March (2014) for the Faith Contingent and has provided space for civil disobedience training for Democracy Spring.

350NYC which meets three times each month at Ethical to educate the public about the issues and provide opportunities for engagement at every level of climate advocacy, organizing, and activism.

New York City Grassroots Alliance meets monthly at Ethical to bring together people from many groups in the climate activism community to network, learn from one another, and support each other’s work—because we’re stronger together.

Food and Water Watch which meets monthly at Ethical to promote their corporate and government accountability efforts to protect our food and water supply.

Climate Reality Project NYC who educate and catalyze our local community on the realities and urgency of the climate crisis. They inspire action by mobilizing the diversity of people and resources across New York City.

Drawdown NYC who work to stop global warming with solutions that exist today. In order to do this, we must work together to achieve Drawdown, the point when greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere start to decline.

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