Platform Meeting Topics

May 9 @ 11:00 am
This last year or so, our life experiences have been so very different from all the years before.  Pandemic, protests, politics — it’s been quite a time, starting in January 2020 through whenever we can[...]
May 16 @ 11:00 am
Every year, the teens of Ethical Societies around the country come together to discuss issues relevant to the world around them.  The weekend-long conference is entirely teen-led; they plan the theme, they plan and lead[...]
May 23 @ 11:00 am
Watch this space for more information! Each week, we meet at 11 am – 12:30 pm (plus time for socializing) to consider major issues of the day. 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and[...]
May 30 @ 11:00 am
Watch this space for more information! Each week, we meet at 11 am – 12:30 pm (plus time for socializing) to consider major issues of the day. 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and[...]

 

Themes

Our monthly themes focus on aspects of living a more ethical life.

Picture of child at bottom of large stone stairway
We meet on Sundays to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, and to connect with others who share a similar journey. We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation.

Topics and Speakers

Topics are varied.  Many of our Sunday meetings focus on a monthly theme. Some meetings focus on practical living and ethical relationships, and some on social justice or public issues, including climate justice, peace, antiracism, and human rights.  Some focus on humanism, secular philosophy, or religion.

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.

Listen or Watch

A few sample past Sunday platform meetings for you to listen to or watch on your computer.

What Can I Expect?

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.

Currently we’re meeting via Zoom, out of concern and care for ourselves and each other, as well as the wider community.  We’ll announce on this site, in our email newsletter, and on social media when we know we’ll return to in-person meetings.

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.

In-Person Sundays

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.

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