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!

  • 2 days ago · 7:00 PM

    Ethics in Film - The Past (2013)

    2 Ethical People

    Admission: Suggested donation: $5, includes snacks and beverages Moderator: Andra Miller Directed by Asghar Farhadi An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (... Learn more
  • 3 days ago · 6:00 PM

    Empowering Ethical Elders

    2 Ethical People

    Admission: free "This Chair Rocks - Pushing Back Against Ageism Which Affects Everyone," Ashton Applewhite, Writer. Light refreshments will be served. We urge you to... Learn more
  • 3 days ago · 10:30 AM

    Low Impact Dance Aerobics

    1 Member

    Admission: Members: Free Non-Members: $5.00 With Maggie Determann Low Impact Dance Aerobics is an easy to follow, fun, low-impact aerobic workout that is a great way to... Learn more
  • 4 days ago · 5:00 PM

    Body, Brain and Balance

    1 Member

    Members $30; Guests $60 - registration required (fee covers all 4 sessions) Moderator Rob Hofman Six sessions on Wednesdays starting September 16 Three big B’s Body,... Learn more
  • September 27 · 4:00 PM

    Readings in Deep Ecology

    1 Member

    Admission: Free Moderator: Leader Curt Collier Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors.  Explore chapters and selections from the works of... Learn more
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  • Beth Everett founded New York Society for Ethical Culture

    on February 17

Founded Feb 17, 2007

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