Ethical Outlook | December 2021

Welcome to Ethical NYC's new Ethical Outlook monthly newsletter!

The New York Society for Ethical Culture has gone green and traded the print version of our monthly Ethical Outlook newsletter for an email! All of our news and events remain available on our website, and will be highlighted and previewed here every month.
Leader's Message
Leader Dr. Nori Rost
An Ethical Culture Season of Lights
As we prepare to open Adler Hall as a lunchtime escape from the holiday hustle and bustle, Leader Nori Rost explores what a curious Humanist can learn from the season. Read More
Theme of the Month: End Homelessness
With winter approaching, the banner on our meeting house makes the concise demand that the unhoused be given homes. Look for related programs throughout December.
Farewell to Society Office Manager Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk
The Ethical Culture board and membership wish the very best of good fortune to Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk who, after more than a decade of service to virtually all of us in so many ways, as both Office Manager to the Society and Production Manager for all of our print materials (right through to our banners and flag!), has been an integral and indispensable member of our staff. Yalitza will be missed by so many of us, but we do anticipate Yalitza’s success in all her future endeavors.
The Voice of Ethical Culture
Ethics in Word and Action
Ethical NYC Celebrates Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.
Society members and staff attended the 15th anniversary celebration for anti-gun violence advocates Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. Read More
Dec. 6: Marlene Meyerson JCC Joins Society Food Drive
Our friends at the Marlene Meyerson JCC have joined our Ethical Action Food Insecurity Initiative, and will be holding a collection on Monday, December 6. Read More
Join the National Ethical Service to Demand Congress Create a Department of Peacebuilding
The National Ethical Service is asking everyone to contact their representatives and ask them to support H.R. 1111, which would establish a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding. Read More
Amnesty International to Host Monthly Meetings at Ethical NYC Beginning January 18
Our longtime friends at Amnesty International NYC Groups 9 & 280 will begin hosting their monthly meetings at our Meeting House beginning January 18 at 6:30pm. Read More
Ethical NYC Delivers Donations to Community Pantry at High School for Climate Justice
Society members delivered an array of donated products to the Jaguar Locker Room community pantry at the High School for Climate Justice in East Harlem, where Society Vice President Steve Serling serves as Vice Principal. Read More
Sunday Programs
Re-opened to the public in-person and broadcast on Zoom
COVID-19 Notice: All Sunday Platforms are now hybrid, and all fully-vaccinated individuals are invited to attend in-person at this time. Masks, along with photo ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required. With cold and flu season approaching, if you feel unwell please stay safe, stay home, and join us online.
Sunday Platforms
•Nori Rost: It Takes a Village
Sunday, December 5 | 11:00am-12:15pm
•Joe Chuman: A Meditation on Kindness
Sunday, December 12 | 11:00am-12:15pm
•Intergenerational Winter Festival
Sunday, December 19 | 11:30am-12:45pm
•Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, December 26 | 11:00am-12:15pm
December Collection: Hope for Haiti
This month's Sunday collection will be given to Hope for Haiti, who are on the ground supporting the people of Haiti, primarily through the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. This past August, Haiti was hit by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake, followed by a tropical storm. Nearly 130,000 homes were destroyed, roads are in ruins, and hospitals suffered damages. There is a need for access to clean water and safe food supplies. UNICEF estimates that more than 1.2 million people have been affected and need support. Give Now
Watch Past Platform Talks on Youtube!
Visit the Society's Youtube channel to watch past Sunday Platforms, panels, and other events. Make sure to follow us and hit the notification bell! Watch Now
Young Ethical Explorers (YEE)
•Winter Festival Preparation
Sunday, December 5 | 11:00am-12:30pm
•Social Justice Deed: Write for Rights with Amnesty International
Sunday, December 12 | 11:00-12:30pm
•Intergenerational Winter Festival
Sunday, December 19 | 11:00-12:30pm
•No Gathering
Sunday, December 26
Newcomers are always welcome! To join any YEE program, please RSVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at For more information about our youth and family programming, please visit
Sunday Afternoons
Sunday Ethics and the Theater Matinee Encore: The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies
Sunday, Nov. 12 | 1:30-3:30pm
Ethical Enrichment
Daily Programs
COVID-19 Notice: Only fully-vaccinated Society Members are invited to attend weekday hybrid programming in-person at this time, with the exception of Ethics and the Theater, which is open to fully-vaccinated members of the public. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, photo ID, and mask are required.

For more information about all society programs and events, please visit our website calendar.

Notice: Our meeting house will be closed on December 25 and 31st.
Weekdays in December: An Ethical Culture 'Season of Lights'
Dec. 12-29* • 12:00-2:00pm
This holiday season, spend your lunch hour in our historic 800-seat Adler Hall! We're opening our doors and inviting everyone to bring a snack and relax while surrounded by beautiful lights and acoustics, with music provided by guest musicians playing our meeting house's organ.

Free and open to the public! Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID are required. (*No performances Dec. 17, 23, & 24.)
•Weekly Share and Learn: Topics in Medicine, Mental Health, Science, and Ethics (Online)
Mondays | 10:00-11:00am
•Poetry Circle (Online)
1st Tuesdays | December 7 | 10:00-11:00am
•Ethics in the News (Online)
1st Tuesdays | December 7 | 11:00am-12:00pm
•Midweek Meditation (Online)
Tuesdays | 5:00-5:45pm
•Camaraderie and Conversation w/ Leader Joe Chuman (Online)
3rd Tuesdays | December 21 | 7:00-8:00pm
•Exploring Ethical Humanism w/ Leader Joe Chuman: "Humanist Spirituality" (Online)
1st Wednesdays | December 1 | 7:00-8:00pm
•Great Literature Discussion (Online & Hybrid, RSVP Required)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | December 1 and 15 | 7:00-9:00pm

November 15 (Hybrid): Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame
•Leader's Roundtable (Hybrid - New Topics Weekly)
Thursdays | 12:00-1:30pm
•Storytelling Circle (Online)
1st and 3rd Thursdays | December 2 and 16 | 5:00-6:00pm
•Colloquy: Who Do You Trust, and Why? (Online)
2nd Thursdays | December 9 | 5:00-6:00pm
•Proactive Meditation and Deep Listening (Online)
1st and 3rd Fridays | December 3 and 17 | 11:30am-12:30pm
Ethics and the Theater: The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies
2nd Fridays | Dec. 10 | 7:00-9:00pm
Sunday Encore!
December 12 | 1:30-3:30pm
Ethical Adventures Easy Walkers Returns in March: Suggest a Destination!
With winter upon us, Easy Walkers leaders Bob Bumcrot and Howard Rose are taking a break. But don't fear, they’re promising to start their next walking season in late March.

Meanwhile, we’re ready to take your suggestions about where we should go — with just a couple of provisos: the destination must not require advance reservations or payment, or timed tickets.

Please send your suggestions to Elinore at
Clockwise: (1 & 2) Society members and staff at the 15th anniversary celebration for Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.; (3) Young Ethical Explorers celebrating Diwali; (4) Young Ethical Explorers with author J.R. Becker reading his new book, Oh My Gods! A History of Belief.
Join Ethical Culture: Become a Member!
When you choose to join Ethical Culture, you become part of a supportive community that nurtures the spirit, respects the intellect, and connects you to others who value the importance of making this world better for all of us. Read More
American Ethical Union News
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