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 – Joe Chuman: “The Humanity of Others”

The title of my address may sound trite, but it actually of the greatest consequence. As a professor of human rights, I read continually about the dark underside of human...

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Sunday Platform – Richard Koral: “Ethnicity, Intersectionality, Secularism and Laïcité: Our Identities Under Contrast”

Can we learn anything from the French struggle to channel ethnicity into a common nationality? The French ideal of laïcitéis to expect everyone, whatever one’s origins, to adopt the standard...

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Sunday Platform

Speaker: TBA Shared Charity: TBA Presider: 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...

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Past Sunday Platform Videos
Sunday Platform June 6, 2021

Joshua Tucker: Social Media and Democracy

Professor Joshua Tucker, the Co-Director of NYU's Center for Social Media and Democracy and the…
Sunday Platform May 30, 2021

Judy Tate: “The Past is Present: History, Storytelling, and the American Slavery Project”

Judy Tate is a four-time Daytime Emmy® award winning writer who worked for such shows…
Sunday Platform May 23, 2021

Alina Bloomgarden: “Music on the Inside: Harmony and Hope for Criminal Justice”

At MOTI's interactive music and conversation presentation, founder Alina Bloomgarden introduced Music on the Inside.…

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’ Social and Racial Justice Scholars Finale: “Honoring Juneteenth” (Online)

This is the last of our 4-month series developed in collaboration with the American Slavery Project to grow racial justice through responsive youth dialogue. Participants will receive certificates of completion....

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Young Ethical Explorers – Hike & Nature: Journaling at Van Cortland Park

Join us for this field trip hosted by our friend Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours. Writing our observations as we explore NYC’s third-largest park, we will watch, track, unlock, and...

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Young Ethical Explorers: A Banner Day (Online)

Oaths, pledges, anthems, flags—these all represent commitments to something bigger than ourselves. We’ll be workshopping to create expressive visions of ethical values we share as citizens of the world. YEE...

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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