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Ethical Culture is a movement centered on ethics, not theology, whose mission is to encourage respect for humanity and nature and to create a better world. Members are committed to personal ethical development in their relationships with others and in activities involving social justice and environmental stewardship.

What We Believe

We believe all individuals have inherent worth and dignity, the potential to grow and change, a responsibility to strive for ethical growth, and a responsibility to create a better world.

As an Ethical Community we are all part of something that transcends the individual experience and are enriched through our relationships with others. As such, we have responsibilities to each other, to the Society, and to the community.

The New York Society for Ethical Culture offers a full schedule of events and activities for everyone including social gatherings, Sunday platforms, weekend and evening lectures, classes, outings, charitable volunteer opportunities, teen leadership programs, and a (non-theistic) Sunday school. Join us at one of our events such as our Foundations of Ethical Culture course, Ethics in Film, Ethics and the Theater, Advocacy Forum, or Socrates Cafe.

When considering Ethical New York Meetup events, please keep in mind that many of our members attend the posted events without RSVP-ing on Meetup, so attendence is typically much higher then indicated by the Meetup RSVPs alone.

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Welcome to Ethical Culture NYC!

Recent Meetups

  • Yesterday · 7:00 PM

    Comedy Corner at ETHICAL: Jimmy Tingle

    3 Ethical People

    $5 members, $10 nonmembers Laughter is the best medicine. MC Scott Blakeman of Laughing Liberally brings you an ample dose, with the hottest comedians on the New York... Learn more

  • 5 days ago · 7:00 PM

    Declaration 17 Civics Education Evening

    2 Ethical People

    Doors at 6:30pm. Civil Rights attorney Norman Siegel has held public readings of United States founding documents for many years. Following this presidential election,... Learn more

  • 5 days ago · 6:00 PM

    Stoic School of Life

    3 Ethical People

    Join Massimo and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion on "How to choose your Hellenistic school." From the article suggested for this meeting: "The... Learn more

  • 6 days ago · 11:00 AM

    Sunday Meeting: The Great Commitments

    5 Ethical People

    Since its founding in 1855, Berea College has been committed to providing higher education to the underserved, doing so without charging tuition.  Its spiritual... Learn more

  • March 15 · 6:00 PM

    Massimo's Philosophy Cafe

    4 Ethical People

    Please join us for a Socratic discussion on "How do you deal with irrational people?" From the article suggested for this discussion: "As readers of this blog, of my... Learn more

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  • Ed Beck founded New York Society for Ethical Culture

    on February 17


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