Activities at Ethical are scheduled for every day of the week, but the main community activities occur every Sunday. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

COVID-19 Notice: 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.

Early Sunday Mornings

In season, members meet on Sunday mornings for a series of changing programs, which are free of charge. Among them:

  • Postponed – Chorus Practice enables members to improve their experience of the musical portions of our Sunday meetings.
  • Rescheduled – Colloquy is a session of readings, reflections, music, and meditation to support and inspire us in our quest to create a life of meaning, joy, and responsibility. A topic is chosen for each session.  Sample topics are Faith, Trust, Courage, and Dreams.
  • Rescheduled – Poetry Circle are shared by members and friends who bring their own favorites or browse through the Society’s collection.

Sunday Platform - 11:00am

Sunday Platform is our most important community event. These gatherings are intended to educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and build a sense of community. Sunday meetings usually begin with a musical prelude, and are followed by greetings, songs, and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest speaker.  Talks cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, 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 a Society member is available afterwards to welcome newcomers, answer their questions and accompany them to brunch and Social Hour.

Sunday Platform – Renaldo Pearson: “The Rise and Fall of American Democracy: A 2020 Election Postmortem” (Online)

In February 2018, Renaldo Pearson gave a speech at the inaugural Unrig the System Summit in New Orleans, where he outlined a new framework for the democracy movement that he...

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AEU National Platform – Rep. Jamie Raskin: “How the Congressional Freethought Caucus is Fighting to Restore the Intellectual Foundations of American Democracy” (Online)

Join Ethical Societies nationwide as the American Ethical Union hosts “Replacing Magical Thinking with Rational Discourse: How the Congressional Freethought Caucus is Fighting to Restore the Intellectual Foundations of American...

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Sunday Platform (Online)

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Recent Sunday Platform Videos
Sunday Platform January 10, 2021

Joe Chuman: The Only Way From Here is Up

Given the unprecedented events of the past week, I have decided to change the topic…
Sunday Platform January 3, 2021

Alice Smith: Discrimination Dressed as Protecting Civil Rights

The 1965 Voting Rights Act resulted in a massive increase in voting and voter registration…
Sunday Platform December 6, 2020

Norm Ornstein: “Turning Grief to Purpose: Working to Reform our Broken Mental Health System”

Following the death of my 34-year old son Matthew in 2015, after his ten year…

Young Ethical Explorers - 11:00am

Our version of Sunday School, Ethics for Children is designed for youngsters from four to 13 years of age and takes place concurrent with our Sunday Meeting. Sessions raise issues of personal identity and integrity, appreciation and respect for others, and knowledge of religions, philosophies, and social concerns. Topics are explored in an age-appropriate way through discussion, storytelling, dramatization, music, art, games, and field trips.

For more information, please visit our youth programming page at ethical.nyc/youth.

Young Ethical Explorers: Bias Awareness Workshop w/ Dr. Bentley Gibson (Online)

This week we’re joined by Dr. Bentley L. Gibson, AKA “The Bias Adjuster”, whose research focuses on the psychology of bias and bias prevention. YEE has moved online with Zoom, and...

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Young Ethical Explorers: “Hank and Fred” with Author Wendy Kindred (Online)

YEE has moved online with Zoom, and as always, newcomers and visitors are welcome! To join, please RSVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at youngethicalexplorers@gmail.com. For more information about our youth...

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Young Ethical Explorers – First Sunday Festival: “Black Inventors and Contributors” w/ Dr. Bentley Gibson (Online)

YEE has moved online with Zoom, and as always, newcomers and visitors are welcome! To join, please RSVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at youngethicalexplorers@gmail.com. For more information about our youth...

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Lunch & Social Hour - 12:45pm

A meal is held in the 6th floor school cafeteria after each Sunday meeting. This offers time for sharing a meal, socializing and participating in ethical action activities. Free to newcomers!

Sunday Afternoons

On many Sundays following lunch, we have one or more afternoon activities inlcuding discussions, workshops, performances, films, or outings such as walks, hikes, or bicycle trips. Our Teen Ethical Leadership program also meets on Sunday afternoons. Among our regular programs:

  • Rescheduled – Ethics in the News
  • Rescheduled – Ethical Death Cafe
  • Postponed – Social Justice Documentary & Discussion
  • Postponed – Climate Chat with the Environmental Stewardship Committee
  • Ethics and the Theater (4th Sundays)

There are no upcoming events at this time