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 – Nori Rost: “It Takes a Village”

From the earliest days of human consciousness, people have gathered together for safety and companionship. During the short winter days, when it appeared the sun might just fade away and...

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Sunday Platform – Joe Chuman: “A Meditation on Kindness”

These are times when we are vexed, rather assaulted, by multiple challenges coming from the wider world: Climate destruction, democracy destruction and the flourishing of irrationality that is literally mind-boggling....

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Sunday Platform – Intergenerational Winter Festival

We will gather for the first time since March with our children and families as an intergenerational community to help celebrate the season of change and challenge that we find...

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Past Sunday Platform Videos

Richard Koral: “United Nations Day: The Promise and the Peril of an All-Inclusive Congress”

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In his October 24 Sunday Platform, Leader Richard Koral spoke about the weaknesses, strengths, successes and failures of the United Nations across its history. What will its future hold? Sunday…

Joe Chuman: How Fighting Terrorism Has Changed America

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We have just passed the 20th anniversary of the terrorist assaults on the United States. That episode was a transformative event in American history. In many ways we are not…

Amy Wu: “From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food is Grown”

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From Farms to Incubators is a multi-media platform that uses documentary, video, photography, and the written word to tell the stories of more than two dozen women entrepreneurs in the fast-growing…

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: Winter Festival Preparation

This week we'll prepare for our Intergenerational Winter Festival on December 19! Newcomers and visitors are welcome! To join, please RSVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at youngethicalexplorers@gmail.com. For more information...

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Young Ethical Explorers – Social Justice Deed: Write for Rights w/ Amnesty International

Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours will lead this awareness building deed, involving children in Amnesty International’s call to action. To join, please RSVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at...

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Sunday Platform – Intergenerational Winter Festival

We will gather for the first time since March with our children and families as an intergenerational community to help celebrate the season of change and challenge that we find...

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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