Platform Meeting Topics

Nov 1 @ 11:00 am
Trauma can be physical, and it can also be emotional or psychological.  Or both.  Emotional trauma can be an individual experience, and it can also be a collective social experience.  How we respond to emotional[...]
Nov 8 @ 11:00 am
Writing this description in advance, it’s hard to know what feelings we’ll be feeling this week.  But we can predict that we will have them. Not just from the election, but from months of living[...]
Nov 15 @ 11:00 am
You’ve likely heard the calls for defunding the police, during this summer’s demonstrations against police killings.  You may agree and wonder how we could get there, or you may think that defunding goes too far,[...]
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
You’ve heard of the story of Stone Soup?  If not, you’ll hear it this week. Our modernized version is called Stone Salad. We’ll celebrate generosity together, even when we can’t be in the same space for our[...]

 

Themes

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?

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another and maybe have a cup of coffee or tea.  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 with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!  

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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