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 · 12:00 PM

    Leader Lunch Discussion

    2 Ethical People

    “The World Is not Falling Apart” by Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack, Foreigners, 12/22/14; and “A Climate of Fear” by Roger Cohen, The NY Times, 10/27/14. Bring your... Learn more
  • 3 days ago · 2:30 PM

    The Ethical Death Cafe

    3 Ethical People

  • 4 days ago · 6:00 PM

    Wisdom and World Affairs

    3 Ethical People

    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
  • 5 days ago · 7:15 PM

    Readings in Deep Ecology

    3 Ethical People

    Admission: Free Moderator: Leader Curt Collier Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors.  We’ll discuss chapters and selections from the... Learn more
  • 6 days ago · 1:30 PM

    Sustainable Living Support Circle

    4 Ethical People

    Elliott Library, Room 507 Admission: free Led by Leader Curt Collier This is a gathering for those seeking to live more in harmony with the natural world. Each month we... Learn more
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  • Beth Zucker founded New York Society for Ethical Culture

    on February 17

Founded Feb 17, 2007

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