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:

  • Chorus Practice (postponed) enables members to improve their experience of the musical portions of our Sunday meetings.
  • Colloquy (rescheduled) 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.
  • Poetry Circle (rescheduled) are shared by members and friends who bring their own favorites or browse through the Society’s collection.

Sunday Platform Gatherings - 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.

Kendra Pierre-Louis: Looking At Climate Change Through the Lens of Solutions

In-person and online! Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. How we choose to act on this issue - or not act - will shape humanity for...

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Nori Rost at Ethical Society of Austin: ‘The Gavel Heard Around the World’ (Online)

Join the Ethical Society of Austin for this special Platform with Ethical NYC Leader Dr. Nori Rost! If you're near Austin, can join in person at 5604 Manor Road. If...

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Intergenerational Sunday Platform with Dr. Arun Gandhi: ‘Becoming the Change: Transforming Anger Into Peace Power’

Special Inter-Generational Sunday Platform FREE In-Person and Online! Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, joins us for this special Sunday Platform...

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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: ‘Healthy Earth’ with Petya Georgieva Miller

Author Petya Georgieva Miller joins us to explore her book, Hello Earth! Newcomers are always welcome! To join, please RSVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at youngethicalexplorers@gmail.com. For more information about...

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Coming of Age Program Info Session (Online)

This fall, the Society will be restarting our Coming of Age youth program, geared toward children (roughly) ages 11-15. Families of all faiths and belief systems are welcome to join...

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Intergenerational Sunday Platform with Dr. Arun Gandhi: ‘Becoming the Change: Transforming Anger Into Peace Power’

Special Inter-Generational Sunday Platform FREE In-Person and Online! Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, joins us for this special Sunday Platform...

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Lunch & Social Hour (Postponed)

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 including discussions, workshops, performances, films, or outings such as walks, hikes, or bicycle trips.

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