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Sunday Platform – Joe Chuman: “When the Political Becomes Personal: Despair and Hope in Trying Times”

February 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

There is no doubt that the political environment in which we live affects our moods, our emotions and our well-being. For humanists and progressives these are hard and ominous times, and the effects on the emotional lives of many individuals is stark and painful. Psychiatric studies have shown that there is a noticeable increase in people suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness and most alarming of all, is that the suicide rate among all Americans has increased by 33% in the 18 years from 1999 to 2017. Michelle Goldberg, recently writing in the New York Times, admitted she is suffering from what she terms “democracy grief.” And she is assuredly not the only one.

I believe that out times are unique in generating despair about America and its future. But we cannot afford to succumb to despair. Indeed, we need to regain hope. In my talk of February 9th I plan to look at the unique elements that characterize our political moment and pathways toward belief in a better future.

Shared Charity: Camp Linden

Presider: Henryka Komanska

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.


February 9, 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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