Leader's Message - January 2022
Leader Dr. Nori Rost
Thoughts for the New Year
As the calendar turns and the pandemic surges, Leader Nori Rost explores how might we learn to be fully present in each moment of each day, even though we long for a new day without the restrictions or uncertainty this virus forces us to endure. Read More
Latest News
Amnesty International NYC to Hold Monthly Meetings at Ethical NYC Beginning January 18
Our longtime friends at Amnesty International NYC Groups 9 & 280 will hold their monthly meetings at our Meeting House beginning January 18 at 6:30pm. All are invited to join. Read More
Ethics in Action
Society Coat Drive Helps High School for Climate Justice Support Their Community
With winter approaching, the Ethical Action committee's coat drive supported the High School for Climate Justice's community pantry, Jaguar Locker. The East Harlem school supports the students and the local community with food insecurity issues and other items needed by those less fortunate. Read More
Ethics in Action
Metro NY Ethical Societies Push for Passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA)
The bill would empower the state to make polluters pay for the toxins and greenhouse gases they release into our air, potentially raising $10 billion annually to invest into communities—especially marginalized communities. Read More
Ethics in Action
Ethical NYC Expands Food and Toiletries Drive with the Help of the Marlene Meyerson JCC
On December 6, the Society's Ethical Action Committee partnered with the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan for a food and toiletries drive as part of NYSEC’s food insecurity initiative. Read More
Watch Now: "Winter Wonder" Intergenerational Festival with Special Guest Jody Sperling (12/19/21)
On December 19, our Young Ethical Explorers led our annual winter celebration exploring the gifts of darkness and light, featuring art, song, poetry, and dance. Watch Now
January's Theme: Humanize Criminal Justice
From the inhumane and dangerous conditions at Rikers Island to the abuse of power in the court system one thing is clear: our criminal justice system is broken.

How might we dream into being a system of restorative justice that addresses the crimes while honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every human? How might we create a system where the broken lives of those who commit crimes and those who are victims of them might both find healing and restoration?

Look for our banner on Central Park West and join our programs exploring this topic throughout January.
Sunday Platforms: In-Person and Online!
COVID-19 Notice: Unless otherwise noted, all Sunday Platforms are now hybrid, and all fully-vaccinated individuals are invited to attend in-person. All others are invited to join via Zoom.

Masks, photo ID, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required for in-person attendance. If you feel unwell, please stay safe, stay home, and join us online.
January 2
Leader Nori Rost: "The Ethics of Imagination" (Online Only)
Join us on this first Platform of 2022 as Dr. Rost explores the power of our imagination in creating a future filled with hope.
January 9
David Rothenberg: "The Crime of Punishment"
The Fortune Society’s David Rothenberg joins us to discuss what new Mayor Eric Adams will be facing, along with the rippling effect of the failure of our criminal justice system
January 16
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Join Society Leaders and your Young Ethical Explorers to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 23
Evelyn Graham-Nyaasi: "A Better Way"
Evelyn works as an Advocacy Specialist at Community Access and is a member of Correct Crisis Intervention Today (CCITNYC) that advocates replacing police at mental health crisis calls with mental health peers and an Emergency Medical Technician. She'll explore the disconnect between society and people with mental health challenges, and the experiences they have with the police.
January 30
American Ethical Union All-Society Platform
Details TBA.
January Collection: Students for Justice
An initiative of the Center for Common Ground, Students for Justice is a paid internship program for college students founded in May 2020 to meet two urgent needs: fighting voter suppression and apathy, and engaging young people in the electoral process. Learn more and give
Watch Past Platform Talks on Youtube!
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Sundays: Young Ethical Explorers
Justice January
January 2
Open Door Day
Come and play! All ages of children. New-comers! Old-timers! This day of projects and play is named after the ancient Roman God of doorways, JANUS, for whom January is named!
January 9
The Movements...Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand!
We'll reflect upon the powerful movements of justice and fairness that have come before us…and carry them forth through our own project.
January 16
Dream Work and Deed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Join us for a profound day for serious dreaming and ethical deeds.
January 23
Eco-Writing Workshop Series Launch with Deepali Srivastava
"What’s your ‘ELEMENT’ary superpower?” led by Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours, launches a new monthly Eco-writing series! In his session on comic-book writing, young writers will develop a story about a superhero with secret superpowers to protect Planet Earth. We will focus on creative character and plot development as every superhero tackles an environmental issue he or she cares about.
January 30
Music Making for Goodness' Sake
Come be part of the band to create joyful ethical expression. Learn new songs from the great history of justice-music! Bring a song to share! Create a new song to share your values!
Newcomers are always welcome! Please SVP to Youth Programs Director Audrey Kindred at youngethicalexplorers@gmail.com. For more information about our youth and family programming, please visit ethical.nyc/youth.
UPCOMING February 6
YEE First Sunday Festival w/ Special Guest Faatiha Aayat: "Youth Visions for an Ethical Future"
Join us for presentations about climate justice from our Young Ethical Explorers along with our very special guest Faatiha Aayat, child rights Activist, climate campaigner, and Founder of CHIL&D.
Sunday Afternoons
Sunday, January 23
Ethics and the Theater Encore: Cost of Living by Martyna Majok (RSVP Required)
Ethical Enrichment Weekday Programs
Open to the public! For more information about all society programs and events, please visit our website calendar!

COVID-19 Notice: Only fully-vaccinated Society Members are invited to attend weekday hybrid programming in-person, 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 in-person attendance.
•Share and Learn: Topics in Medicine, Mental Health, Science, and Ethics (Online)
Mondays | 10:00-11:00am

1st and 3rd Mondays w/ Dr. Frank Corigliano, clinical psychologist
2nd and 4th Mondays w/ Dr. Carol Portlock, retired oncologist
•Poetry Circle (Online)
1st Tuesdays | January 4 | 10:00-11:00am
•Thought Salon (Online/RSVP Required)
2nd Tuesdays | January 11 | 10:30am-12:00pm
•Ethics in the News (Online)
3rd Tuesdays | January 18 | 11:00am-12:00pm
•Midweek Meditation (Online)
Tuesdays | January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 5:00-5:45pm
•Camaraderie and Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy w/ Leader Joe Chuman (Online)
3rd Tuesdays | January 18 | 7:00-8:00pm
•Exploring Ethical Humanism: "Freedom and Personal Fulfillment" (Hybrid)
1st Wednesdays | January 5 | 7:00-8:00pm
•Great Literature Discussion (Online & Hybrid/RSVP Required)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | January 5 and 19 | 7:00-9:00pm

January 5 (Online): Nutshell by Ian McEwan
January 19 (Hybrid): Seeing Red by Lina Meruane
•Speaking of Science: Introduction to Cancer Survivorship w/ Stacie Corcoran and Bridget Thom (Online)
4th Wednesdays | January 26 | 7:00-8:00pm
•Leader's Roundtable Discussions (Hybrid)
Thursdays | 12:00-1:30pm

January 6: "What a Year!"
January 13: "Twitter: Philosophical Friend or Foe?"
January 20: "Feminism"
•Storytelling Circle (Online)
1st and 3rd Thursdays | January 6January 20 | 5:00-6:00pm
•Colloquy - Topic TBA (Online)
2nd Thursdays | January 13 | 5:00-6:00pm
Thursday, January 6
Ethics and the Theater Special Presentation: One With The Current by Daniel Damiano (RSVP Required)
A North Carolina husband, father, and hardware store owner’s life becomes radically altered during the pandemic.
•Proactive Meditation and Deep Listening (Online)
1st and 3rd Fridays | January 7January 21 | 11:30am-12:30pm
Friday, January 21
Ethics and the Theater: Cost of Living by Martyna Majok
Also in January
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas: Public Art w/ Rose DeSiano
Date and Time TBA!
Public Art is a service to the community, but ethical issues and questions arise from aspects of its planning, placement, purpose, and relevance. Artist Rose DeSiano addresses these issues in the return of Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in 2022.
Clockwise from top left: (1) Students from Fusion Academy dropping off donations from the food drive they held to support our Food Insecurity Initiative; (2) Members Janet and Howard Rose with their trusty van (sleigh?) collect more clothing and toy donations; (3) Member Maria Solé with Season of Lights recital series guest organist Nelson Ojeda Valdés and Leader Nori Rost's dog Ruby; (4) Member, music teacher, and musician Barbara Carlsen leading our Young Ethical Explorers with drums she provided them.
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