We host hundreds of community programs each year with civic advocacy, social justice, and public and individual education at the forefront of our work.

We hold forums on key social issues, host discussions on ethics and philosophy, and partner with other organizations to serve the public good. Issues of war, social policy, and human rights have been discussed here by Al Gore, Paul Krugman, Cornell West, Naomi Klein, Toni Morrison and many, many others.

Our building is also a thriving home for arts and culture, with films, theatrical events, book discussions, and writing, music, and art workshops.  Our Concert Hall comes alive with a variety of pop, rock, jazz, and classical music programs, including the American Classical Orchestra, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School and WFUV’s concert series.

COVID-19 Notice – September 2021: Please note that due to the pandemic, all of our programming has moved online, and many programs have been rescheduled for weekdays or postponed indefinitely. Please visit our events calendar for our latest program listings. For fully vaccinated individuals, we’ve also started offering in-person attendance for some “hybrid” programs. Unvaccinated individuals are invited to attend via Zoom.

Community Gatherings

Midweek Meditation

Tuesdays, 5:00-5:45pm
Moderator: Larry Hurst

A midweek meditation for relaxing body and mind.

Midweek Meditation (Online)

Midweek Meditation (Online)

A midweek meditation for relaxing body and mind. Larry Hurst moderates. Click here to join at start time | ID 814 7073 5630 | Passcode 158119 You can download Zoom at...

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01 February 2022
Proactive Meditation and Deep Listening

1st and 3rd Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm
Moderator: Larry Hurst

In this guided experiential session, we first take time to relax body and mind in order to sense how we really are in each moment. We allow ourselves to focus on listening deeply and empathically for what may be calling for our attention. We stay present with that. This proactive approach to meditating can open up fresh ideas and connections. Moderator Larry Hurst is a certified trainer and workshop leader with the International Focusing Institute.

Proactive Meditation and Deep Listening (Online)

Proactive Meditation and Deep Listening (Online)

In this guided experiential session, we first take time to relax body and mind in order to sense how we really are in each moment. We allow ourselves to focus...

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04 February 2022
Happy Hour for Humanity Young Professional Meet-Up (Postponed)

4th Fridays, 7-9:00pm

Discuss current events and the political and personal ethical challenges of the day over drinks! Free for members; $5 public. Includes refreshments.

Leader-Led Courses

An ongoing part of our adult education programs, our Leaders run a variety of discussion groups that are open to both members and nonmembers.

Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Topics Philosophical and Newsworthy

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
3rd Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed.

Camaraderie and Good Conversation with Leader Joe Chuman (Online)

Camaraderie and Good Conversation with Leader Joe Chuman (Online)

Leader Dr. Joe Chuman leads this monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issues and occasionally classical writings relating to Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles...

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15 February 2022
Exploring Ethical Humanism

1st Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm

These discussions of Ethical Culture beliefs and practices are for newcomers and long-time members alike. We explore the history, ideals, and current interests of the Ethical Society community and our place in the philosophical/religious firmament.

Exploring Ethical Humanism w/ Leader Joe Chuman: “Ethical Culture: The Religion of Duty” (Online)

Exploring Ethical Humanism w/ Leader Joe Chuman: “Ethical Culture: The Religion of Duty” (Online)

Felix Adler referred to Ethical Culture as 'The Religion of Duty,' What are our thoughts about our responsibility others? *** These discussions of Ethical Culture beliefs and practices explore the...

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02 February 2022
Leader’s Roundtable

Thursdays, 12:00-1:30pm

Leader Dr. Nori Rost leads these weekly roundtable discussions about a range of issues.

Leader’s Roundtable: What to Do with The Criminal (In)Justice System? (Hybrid)

Leader’s Roundtable: What to Do with The Criminal (In)Justice System? (Hybrid)

Bring your lunch and join Leader Dr. Nori Rost and members for an engaging round-table discussion on the issues of the day and recommended readings. In a nod to our...

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27 January 2022

Workshops and Discussions

Weekly Share and Learn: Topics in Medicine, Mental Health, Science, and Ethics

Mondays, 10:00am-11:00am
Moderators: Dr. Carol Portlock, retired oncologist (2nd & 4th Mondays); Dr. Frank Corigliano, clinical psychologist (1st & 3rd Mondays)

Thanks to vaccines and medical innovation, we are gradually moving away from the Covid pandemic. Retired oncologist Carol Portlock will discuss the new and intriguing science that lies ahead, including Covid. Clinical psychologist Frank Corigliano will continue to address your concerns about managing day-to-day during this trying time.

Share and Learn: Topics in Medicine, Mental Health, Science, and Ethics w/ Dr. Carol Portlock (Online)

Share and Learn: Topics in Medicine, Mental Health, Science, and Ethics w/ Dr. Carol Portlock (Online)

Thanks to vaccines and medical innovation, we are gradually moving away from the Covid pandemic. Retired oncologist Carol Portlock will discuss the new and intriguing science that lies ahead, including...

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07 February 2022
Poetry Circle

1st Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
Moderator: Elinore Kaplan

Share the poems of your choice. Read them aloud. We’ll listen attentively and discuss some — a line, a word, an image. Tell us a little about the poets, too.

Poetry Circle (Online)

Poetry Circle (Online)

Share the poems of your choice. Read them aloud. We’ll listen attentively and discuss some — a line, a word, an image. Tell us a little about the poets, too....

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01 February 2022
Ethics in The News

3rd Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Moderator: Joe Fashing

Join in the lively give-and-take on compelling issues and current events and bring your own ideas. Suggested readings are available ahead of time in that week’s event listing on our calendar.

Ethics in the News (Online)

Ethics in the News (Online)

Join in the lively give-and-take on compelling issues and current events and bring your own ideas. Member Joe Fashing moderates. Topic and suggested readings TBA! Click here to join at...

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15 February 2022
Great Literature Discussion Group

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7-9pm
Moderator: Gunther Tielemans

Read the selections in advance, and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring to the specific related text.

Great Literature Discussion: The Boat by Nam Le, Stories 1-4 (Online)

Great Literature Discussion: The Boat by Nam Le, Stories 1-4 (Online)

With a jaw-dropping versatility of voice and point of view, The Boat is an extraordinary work of fiction that guides us to the heart of what it means to be...

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02 February 2022
Storytelling Circle

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Moderator: Doris Hart

One of the oldest traditions around the world is storytelling — folk tales, fairy tales, historic tales, family tales. Bring whatever story you choose. We’ll gather ’round the virtual campfire and listen.

Storytelling Circle (Online)

Storytelling Circle (Online)

One of the oldest traditions around the world is storytelling — folk tales, fairy tales, historic tales, family tales. Bring whatever story you choose. We’ll gather ’round the virtual campfire...

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03 February 2022
Colloquy

2nd Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm

Share your reflections on the topic based on quotes, parables, poems, etc. presented by the moderator. There are no right or wrong answers, just your individual response shared in a contemplative atmosphere.

Colloquy

Colloquy

Share your reflections on the topic based on quotes, parables, poems, etc. presented by the moderator. There are no right or wrong answers, just your individual response shared in a...

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10 February 2022
Ethics, Fair Trade, and You (Postponed)

3rd Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

Ethical NYC Member Andrea Reyes, leader of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, will connect how our everyday choices and purchases affect the many environmental and social issues facing the world today. Sessions will include a short presentation on topics such as human trafficking and exploitation, overconsumption and waste management, cause related marketing and propaganda, and, body positivity and clothing size standards.

Exploring Ethical Dilemmas (Postponed)

3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

What do you do when there’s no clear ethical road to take? Join us every first Monday of the month for this new series featuring speakers from a variety of backgrounds — medicine, law, business, science, education, the arts, social work, etc. — who will share their experiences navigating those ethical minefields.

Arts and Culture

The Society offers arts and culture programs that include film discussion series, writing workshops, art workshops and theater workshops.

Ethics and the Theater

2nd Fridays, 7:00-9:00pm
ENCORE! Following Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm

Members of the Society and theater professionals read plays dealing with ethical and moral issues before a live audience. Readings are followed by discussions of the ethical issues raised by the play. Suggested donation: $5 members; $10 public. Includes refreshments.

Ethics and the Theater: The Exonerated

Ethics and the Theater: The Exonerated

Our long-running staged reading and discussion series continues with The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen: Telling their real-life stories in their own words, the play’s protagonists, all wrongfully...

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11 February 2022
Ethics and the Theater Encore: The Exonerated

Ethics and the Theater Encore: The Exonerated

Our long-running staged reading and discussion series continues with The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen: Telling their real-life stories in their own words, the play’s protagonists, all wrongfully...

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13 February 2022
Ethics in Film (Postponed)

1st Fridays, 7-9:00pm, Ceremonial Hall

Monthly film screenings followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored. $5 donation includes snacks and refreshments (popcorn, beer, coffee, tea).

Jazz Café (Postponed)

3rd Fridays, 7-9:30pm, Ceremonial Hall.

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, and enjoy music, refreshments, and good company. $5 members; $15 public. Includes refreshments.

Some recent reviews:

“Wonderful! A step back in time.” -D. Berkowitz, Asheville, NC

“Totally delighted the whole evening! Classic intimate place, delightful people, and energy the whole time!” – W. T., Brentwood, New York, NY

“The venue for the music was wonderful. There were round tables complete with table clothes and nice mood lighting. The chandeliers were dimmed and it was a nightclub atmosphere. The music was excellent and then there was an open mike so I got to see a number of talented neighborhood folks get up and do their thing. Some people even felt moved to dance. I loved it!” -G. Walsh, Fair Lawn NJ

Concerts at The Society

The Society’s 800-seat Adler Hall is a favorite of musicians because of its warm, full acoustics.  From classical music at our Sunday meetings played by Music Director David Gracia, to the many music partners who use our space, the Concert Hall is a gem of New York City venues. The Society presents some of its own music programming and also works with other music presenters to bring the best of music to our wonderful venue.

For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit Metropolitan Presents.