Platform Meeting Topics

Sep 19 @ 11:00 am
RYSEC will join the Philadelphia Ethical Society in honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace!  The Ethical Society of Austin and National Ethical Service, an affiliate of the American Ethical Union, are also co-sponsoring.[...]
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am
The Ongoing Crisis of Democracy in the USA We are honored to have a return visit from Lincoln Mitchell, who spoke to us on the crisis of democracy in 2018.  He describes his talk this[...]
Oct 3 @ 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[...]
Oct 10 @ 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[...]



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

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?

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.

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.

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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