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 - 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 – Stephen Duncombe: Artistic Activism

The first rule of guerilla warfare is to know your terrain and use it to your advantage. The political landscape of today is one of signs and symbols, stories and...

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Sunday Platform – Nori Rost

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Sunday Platform – Amy Wu

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Past Sunday Platform Videos
Sunday Platform September 19, 2021

Joe Chuman: What Humanists Can Learn from Religion at Its Best

Humanists often see their beliefs in opposition to religion. Religion is the foil. It is…
Sunday Platform September 12, 2021

Nori Rost Inaugural Sunday Platform: “Catching Our Breath”

As we observe the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we continue to grapple with the COVID-19…
Sunday Platform August 22, 2021

Dwinita Mosby Tyler: “Allyship: Leading with Collective Work in Mind”

In this Zoom presentation, Dr. Tyler will provide a roadmap for leading, working, and serving…

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: Parachutes for Peace (Online)

YEE will dive into a special project, creating “Parachutes for Peace.” This is an art project, so wear or bring a painter’s shirt. YEE has moved online with Zoom, and...

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Ethical Education and Parenting Forum

“It takes a village to raise a child” — Community members and parents are welcome to this meeting. It is an open discussion to look at how Ethical Culture’s community...

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Young Ethical Explorers (Online)

Details TBA! 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...

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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 (now Tuesdays, 2pm)
  • Rescheduled – Ethical Death Cafe (now 2nd Thursdays, 11am)
  • Rescheduled – Ethics and the Theater (now 2nd Thursdays, 7pm)
  • Postponed – Social Justice Documentary & Discussion
  • Postponed – Climate Chat with the Environmental Stewardship Committee