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 – Kristal Zook: “The Girl in the Yellow Poncho” (Online)

This talk is from a memoir-in-progress. It sheds light on the increasingly relevant topic of growing up multiracial in America.The Girl in the Yellow Poncho is the story of a...

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Sunday Platform – Joe Chuman: “An Ethical Blueprint for America” (Online)

Details: TBA Presider: TBA Shared charity: TBA 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...

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Sunday Platform – Alex Vitale: “Understanding Defunding the Police”

Details: TBA Presider: TBA Shared charity: TBA 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...

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Recent Sunday Platform Videos
Sunday Platform October 25, 2020

Richard Koral: “The True Cost of Inequality”

Extremes of wealth and poverty are more than merely the range of free market experience.…
Sunday Platform October 18, 2020

Pavlina Tcherneva: “The Case for a Job Guarantee”

One of the most enduring ideas in economics is that unemployment is both unavoidable and…
Sunday Platform October 11, 2020

Joe Chuman: “The ‘Exceptional Nation’ Examines Itself”

The United States has often referred to itself an “exceptional nation.” For many, it is…

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 – Happy Bones Festival

Inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, we gather to tell stories about our ancestors, celebrating our ancient human family! Bring an ancestor’s picture for the offrenda....

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Young Ethical Explorers: “Envisioning with Seven Generations in mind”

As the the ancestors of the future, how will we do our best for further generations. We will call upon Indigenous wisdom to make heart-felt commitments and deeds. YEE has...

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Young Ethical Explorers: This Little Light of Mine

Contemplating festivals of light, inspired by Diwali, the Indian celebration of light. Led by the Deepali Srivastava, of Writetfully Ours. YEE has moved online with Zoom, and as always, newcomers...

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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