August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
Most weeks, voluntary donations are split between the work of the Society and an organization whose work in the world honors human worth.

This Sunday, our speakers Elyse Ambrose and storäe michele will address the ways that public art shapes our collective memory.  What is the responsibility we hold to ensure that the markers of memory honor community?

About the Speakers: 

Elyse Ambrose, Ph.D. is a sexual ethicist, creative, and educator. Her justice work, research, and art lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. She is the Creative Organizer of phoeniXspark, LLC, which synergizes scholarly theory and practice in order to offer consulting workshops for organizations seeking to engage gender and sexuality more justly, as well as workshops that center the experiences of queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) as participants co-create space for the thriving of their sexual and gender selves. She has been featured in online media platforms Huffington Post, Medium, For Harriet, and Vice.

storäe michele [known by her ancestors as Michele Stanback] is an artist, writer, director, and educator of over ten years. As an Interdisciplinary Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary and Master of Professional Studies in Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development graduate of Pratt Institute, storäe infuses the arts into theological inquiries–exploring rituals and breathing new life into sacred spaces for meaningful reflection. Her first film, [the listening heart] , screened at RYSEC in 2017, is performed by a cast of women of color, bringing to life an original story grounded in Mayan and Yoruba cosmologies. Through embodied poetry, song and dance, she uplifts the feminine divine and investigates ways we communicate the meaning of love. storäe is committed to the sharing of these stories with women of color as subject—[re]mythologizing and unearthing the narratives of our ancestors. She is a member of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture and a leader-in-training with the American Ethical Union.

Ethics for Children meets concurrently with our Sunday programs. Please join us!

Our Ethics Matters theme for July and August is The Art of Ethics: how the arts and daily living reflect our ethical ideals.

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Members and regular visitors: please bring some snacks to share.

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