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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!

  • 4h ago · 7:00 PM

    Ethical Humanist Award- presented to Planned Parenthood

    6 Ethical People

    The Ethical Humanist Award, established in 1970, is the Society’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without... Learn more
  • Yesterday · 12:00 PM

    Leader Lunch Discussion

    1 Member

    “Smile, Frown, Grimace and Grin – Your Facial Expression is the Next Frontier in Big Data” by Jerry Adler, Smithsonian Magazine, December 2015, and “Beyond Anger” by... Learn more
  • 2 days ago · 2:30 PM

    The Ethical Death Cafe

    2 Ethical People

    Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday... Learn more
  • 3 days ago · 6:30 PM

    Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is

    1 Member

    Admission: Members Free Guests $5 per session With Leader Anne Klaeysen Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together... Learn more
  • 3 days ago · 6:00 PM

    Wisdom and World Affairs

    1 Member

    Join Ken Gans for a stimulating philosophical discussion on humanism and basic philosophical questions. If you are interested, contact Ken Gans at[masked] ext. 1039. No... 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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