Watch Past Sunday Programs

Our Sunday platform meetings often feature a speaker or special program.  Check here for a few past platform talks at the Society for Ethical Culture, in audio or video.

Also on this site: upcoming platform programs

Jun. 4, 2023: To Everything There Is a Season (J. Lewis & C. Hayden)

May 14, 2023: Creating the Self: The Humanist’s Call to Imagine (Christian Hayden)

May 7, 2023: Cultivating Creativity (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Apr. 16, 2023: Build Power in the Bronx (Ron Harrison)

Apr. 2, 2023: Resisting Injustice (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Mar. 5, 2023: Celebrating an Ethical Heroine

Feb. 26, 2023: Approaches to Intimacy: Understanding How We Connect (Christian Hayden)

Feb. 19, 2023: The Path of Love: Loving Humanity (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Feb. 5, 2023: Love of Knowledge (Jé Exodus Hooper)

Jan. 22, 2023: Is Self-Care Selfish? (Christian Hayden)

** Apologies, we’re posting the audio only, to protect the privacy of those who attend. We don’t post videos where individuals other than the speaker are shown. **
Jan. 8, 2023: How Good to Center Down (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Dec. 11, 2022: Peacebuilding Begins With Me (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Nov. 6, 2022: Digital Nomad: Understanding Privilege and Marginalization Through Travel (Anya Lena Overmann)

Oct. 23, 2022: Courageous Space (Jé Exodus Hooper)

Oct. 16, 2022: Am I Brave Enough to Be/Mold Clay (Christian Hayden)

Oct. 9, 2022: Reflecting Goliath to David: Confronting Power and Powerlessness (Elliot Beck)

Oct. 2, 2022: Paths of Courage: Heroes and Saints (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Sept. 25, 2022: Belonging as a Way of Being (Christian Hayden)

Sept. 18, 2022: Fitting In vs. Belonging (Jone Johnson Lewis)

July 31, 2022: Taking In The Good (Jone Johnson Lewis)

July 17, 2022: Resisting Theocracy & Empire (Jone Johnson Lewis)

June 26, 2022: Hope or Despair (Jone Johnson Lewis)

June 12, 2022: Cultivating Optimism (Jone Johnson Lewis)

June 5, 2022: Glitch Art and Queerness (Sky Goodman)

May 22, 2022: Beauty and the Body (Jone Johnson Lewis)

May 8, 2022: On Beauty, Nurturing, and Durational Practice (Evan Nabrit)

Apr. 24, 2022: Awakening (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Apr. 10, 2022: Remaking Our Relationship With the Dead (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Apr. 3, 2022: A Tale of Two Enlightenments (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Mar. 27, 2022: Unlocking the Power of People (James Frey Croft)

Mar. 20, 2022: The Ethics of Social Action (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Mar. 13, 2022: Hate Crimes, Violence against Asian Americans, and Policing (Kai Zhang)

Mar. 6, 2022: Humanism on Campus (Anne Klaeysen)

Feb. 27, 2022: Weeds Are Flowers Too (Alex Francisco)

Feb. 20, 2022: Beyond Diversity (Jé Hooper)

Feb. 13, 2022: Unpacking Ableism (Rachel Kallem Whitman)

Feb. 6, 2022: Words That Harm (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Jan. 23, 2022: Assuming Good Intentions (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Jan. 16, 2022: Striving to See (Christian Hayden)

Jan. 9, 2022: Unhoused in New York City (Marc Greenberg)

Dec. 12, 2021: Humanist Action Ghana (Yvonne Stennicke Larsen)

Dec. 5, 2021: Opening to Joy (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Nov. 14, 2021: About Calvin (JR and Vanessa Ford)

Nov. 7 2021: Living Stories (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Nov. 7, 2021: Homegrown National Park™ (Douglas W. Tallamy)

Oct. 31, 2021: Journeys to Justice (FES)

Oct. 24, 2021: Paranoia and Politics (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Oct. 17 2021: Democracy and the Green New Deal (Jamaal Bowman)

Oct. 10, 2021: Cultivating Relationships (Louise Jett)

Oct. 3, 2021: The Power of MWe (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Sep. 26, 2021: Post-Democratic America (Lincoln Mitchell)

Sep. 21, 2021: Why We NEED a Department of Peace (Hugh Taft-Morales)

Sep. 12, 2021: Seeing in the Dark (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Aug. 22, 2021: Our Commitment to Relationship (Jone Johnson Lewis)

July 18, 2021: Our Commitment to Human Worth (Jone Johnson Lewis)

June 20, 2021: From the Mouths of Babes (Chip James)

June 6, 2021: Accountability and Antiracism (Tamir Novotny & Kristell Caballero Saucedo)

May 9, 2021: Telling the Story of This Time (Jone Johnson Lewis)

May 2, 2021: What Story Do We Choose (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Mar. 28, 2021: All Society Platform (Congressman Jamie Raskin)

Mar. 21, 2021: Refusing to Be Silenced (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Mar. 7, 2021: Saying YES and Saying NO (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Feb. 28, 2021: Granfalloons and Pseudo-Community (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Feb. 21, 2021: An Anti Racist Voice From the Past (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Feb. 14, 2021: What's Love Got To Do With It? (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Feb. 7, 2021: Building Beloved Community (Jé Hooper)

Jan. 31, 2021: Replacing Magical Thinking with Rational Discourse (AEU Platform)
Below is a video of the platform hosted by the American Ethical Union (AEU), featuring three speakers (in order of appearance): Jone Johnson Lewis, Dr. David Sprintzen, and Christian Hayden. Here is the text of Jone Johnson Lewis’s platform address, “Democracy and Reason“. If you’d like, you can also view the complete program.

Jan. 24, 2021: Will We Walk Through the Portal? (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Jan. 17, 2021: Freeing Our Imaginations (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Jan. 10, 2021: Indigenizing Environmental Justice (Dina Gilio-Whitaker)

Read the post-platform Q & A document (PDF)
Dec. 13, 2020: Creating Space For Justice (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Dec. 6, 2020: Moving On by Letting Go (Jone Johnson Lewis)

November 15, 2020: Understand 'Defund the Police' (Alex S. Vitale, guest speaker) -- Talk and Q&A session

Aug. 2 2020: The Lost Cause Unpacking a Myth that Pervades Our Culture (Jone Johnson Lewis)

July 22, 2018: Ethical Heroes, The Goldmark Sisters (Jone Johnson Lewis)

May 17/19, 2020: Is There a Tipping Point? (Jone Johnson Lewis)

May 10, 2020: Are You My Mother? (Jé Exodus Hooper)

May 3, 2020: On the Threshold (Jone Johnson Lewis)

April 26, 2020 Liberation and Responsibility (Jone Johnson Lewis)

April 19, 2020: Fragility of Life (Hugh Taft-Morales)

April 5, 2020: Liberation Ethics (Jone Johnson Lewis)

March 22, 2020: Climate Change Action (Jessica Haller)
Apologies that we missed the first few minutes of the talk in this recording.

March 8, 2020: Reclaiming Our Stories (Ginan Rauf)

March 1, 2020: 2020 Vision: Wisdom from 100 Years of Woman Suffrage (Jone Johnson Lewis)

February 23, 2020: Gender Equity Needed Right Now (Bruce Knotts)

February 16, 2020: How Resilience Works (Jone Johnson Lewis)

February 2, 2020: The Elusive Right to Vote (Jone Johnson Lewis)

January 19, 2020: Holy Humanism! (Jone Johnson Lewis)

January 5, 2020: The Practice of Integrity (Jone Johnson Lewis)

December 8, 2019: Awe and Reverence (Jone Johnson Lewis)

November 10, 2019: Can I Be Black and Humanist? (Christian Hayden)

November 17, 2019: In the Middle of Things, Begin (Eileen Brilliant)

October 27, 2019: Faitheist: Finding Our Common Humanity (Chris Stedman)

October 20, 2019: Ethical Living in the Face of Death (Dr. Jorge Piña and Karina Rieke)
September 22, 2019: What Does Justice Expect of Us? (Jone Johnson Lewis)

September 22, 2019: Banner Ceremony (with DuPree singing)
September 15, 2019: The Climate of Change (Jone Johnson Lewis)

Some older programs

The Problem With Apologies (Jone Lewis)
October 16, 2016: The Problem With Apologies
Jone Johnson Lewis: first RYSEC talk
A talk by Jone Johnson Lewis: this talk was Jone’s first at the Society since starting as our Leader in March 2015.
Surviving Evil: The Holocaust and Stephan H. Lewy
Surviving Evil: The Holocaust through the story of Stephan H. Lewy.

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