Sunday Platform Meetings at the Society for Ethical Culture
Platform Meeting Topics
Our monthly themes focus on aspects of living a more ethical life.
Topics and Speakers
Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, Jone Johnson Lewis. On other Sundays, we hear from guest speakers or members of our own or other Ethical Societies.
For some Sunday meetings we use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal, with some structure to encourage deep listening to each other. Some Sundays are multigenerational celebrations of the seasons or a special holiday.
What Can I Expect?
When RYSEC is hosting the platform, 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We aim to begin the formal program at 11:15 and end about 12:30. After that through about 1:15, we have a time of informal conversation.
On those occasions when the platform is hosted by another Society, and we are joining via Zoom, the start time is posted on the calendar events.
We still include some time for personal sharing of joys and sorrows, for everyone to have an opportunity to speak. And we try to include some music each Sunday, while looking forward to the time we can sing together again.
The Ethics for Children program usually meets concurrently. A few times a year we all meet together in a multigenerational experience.
Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges, and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We usually include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in.Our weekly collection helps sustain our programs and building. We usually split the collection with an organization in the wider community that we believe embodies some of the values of Ethical Culture. Contributions are completely voluntary.Finally, we share some coffee, tea or juice, and light snacks, with conversation during a social hour, as a way to more informally continue the discussion as well as reconnect or meet new friends. We hope to go out, back to our individual lives, families, work, and social action, re-energized, and re-committed to live more ethically in all those arenas.