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Sunday Platform – Joe Chuman: “Erich Fromm: The Thinker Who Inspired Me Most and His Relevance for Today”

January 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Last September marked the 50th year since I started my career as a professional Ethical Culture leader, in fact, right here at the New York Society. Many personal streams brought me to humanism and Ethical Culture, but I want to focus on one thinker without whose influence I would not have made my to our movement. That figure is the humanist and social psychologist Erich Fromm, whose thought I discovered at 16 and at a critical time in my life.

Fromm spoke to both my personal needs and to the state of the world, including the emergence of fascism and the dehumanizing aspects of corporate capitalism, in ways that remain relevant.

More personal than most addresses, I look forward to sharing aspects of Fromm’s social philosophy and how he helped shape my life and thought.

Shared Charity: Bergen Sanctuary Coalition

Presider: Kathleen O’Connell

FREE and open to the public.

Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day.  While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public.  Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

To view previous Sunday Platform addresses and interviews, visit the Ethical NYC YouTube channel.


January 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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