February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Felix Adler Online Seminar

Felix Adler: Reading and Discussion Online Seminar

Delve into key writings of Felix Adler, first Ethical Leader, whose ideas inspired and shaped the Ethical movement that we have today. The language will often seem dated, and some ideas are dated, so we’ll be focusing on both understanding the core concepts and whether and how they’re relevant today.


Each month, 10 months out of the year, we take one or more essays or chapters from the writings of Felix Adler, whose ideas shaped the first 50+ years of the Ethical movement. You can register for one session or for the series. Register for the sessions you’ll be able to attend. You’ll be sent information for the session within 48 hours of the session. Watch your email!

We’ll send out the essay via email a week (sometimes earlier) before the date of the session if you’re registered by then, or, if you register after that, please give us 72 hours after we are notified of your registration to get the readings sent. (In other words, please do register two weeks in advance when possible.)


The general format, which we may sometimes change:

  1. A brief individual check-in to know who’s in the room
  2. *Understanding what Adler was trying to say
  3. *What of what he said makes sense to you? What would you reject today, and why? What is useful?
  4. Check-out: What are your most important take-aways?

* these sections are structured by questions provided by the facilitator so we cover as many of the concepts as possible, and, depending on registration, may include “breakout groups” that are smaller so everyone gets a chance to talk

We may have guest facilitators and experts some weeks.

Cost Contribution

General tickets: $15/session, which helps cover costs. If that is a barrier, contact the organizer and identify what you would be able to contribute.

If you’d like to donate to help finance participants who are getting a discount, you’ll see that option when you click the “Tickets” button.


We use Zoom Video Conferencing for the presentations. You can participate by phone audio only (charges may apply), but you’re much better off participating by video so that you can see as well as hear fellow participants, more like a real seminar. Your tablet, phone, or computer may have a built-in camera, or use a webcam. We recommend a headset (with a microphone built in). There are economical webcams and headsets available widely. You can test your internet connection, sound and video, and join a test meeting to see how it works: Zoom.


If you have questions or would like to apply for a reduced registration cost you can contact Jone Johnson Lewis, the organizer.

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Liz Collier

Community Outreach Director at Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Liz, who grew up in Ethical Culture and has helped our young adult organization to flourish, works with RYSEC to connect the Society and other area organizations and to create and publicize programs to inspire ethical living.

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