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Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island Pages

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island was founded in 1950 and is part of the 133-year old Ethical Culture Movement. We are a welcoming community that attributes worth to everyone, elicits from each of us our unique contributions, and seeks to create a world of mutual respect, justice, and love. We join together to develop our ethical ideals, celebrate life's joys, and support one another through life's sorrows. We strive to bring out the best in others and create a caring world.

Ethical Culture is a religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a better world. Our religion is ethics. We choose to attribute worth and dignity to human life as a starting point of our quest for an ethical life. We are dedicated to the proposition that every person is irreplaceable, and that in an ethical world each of us makes a unique contribution to the common good. We believe that nothing should be more important to people than people.

The main part of our Sunday meetings is what we call a "Platform" and is usually is a talk about a social or ethical issue. The talk may be given by our Leader Emeritus or another member of our Society, by a Leader from another Ethical Society, or by an expert in the field. Among the scheduled topics by outside experts for 2009 -- 2010 platforms are "Alternatives to the Death Penalty," "Election vs. Appointment of Judges," Child Abuse Prevention," and "Environmental and Economic Interests." (see our events calendar at WWW.EHSLI.ORG for a detailed list of scheduled speakers).

From September through June of each year, we meet for about an hour and a half at 11 AM on Sundays in our building on Old Country Road. We welcome newcomers of all faiths, color, sexual orientations, and nationalities - anyone who agrees with the idea that we need to help in making the world a better, more ethical place.

The Ethical Society Children's Ethics Program seeks to affirm the special worth of every human being and to encourage the development of those values which integrate each child into the greater human family. In a warm, caring atmosphere, where all questions can be asked and no answers dismissed or ignored, children gain a sense belonging and have an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings. An exploration of past and present values and spiritual traditions, as well as the whole fabric of human experience and imaginings will help each child in the search for ultimate values in his/her own life. By identifying ethics as central to religion, children are encouraged to explore their own values and beliefs, with the 12 Ethical Culture values emphasized throughout Sunday morning lessons.

  • classes are held weekly 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. from the third Sunday in September to the first Sunday in June
  • Our teachers are committed to helping our children internalize & express ethical principles by which to live.
  • Classes are held for children aged 5 to 13.

    Students aged 14 through 18 are encouraged to join the Y.E.S. Group (Youth of Ethical Societies) which meets on Sunday mornings at 11:00. In a spirit of free inquiry, teenagers explore ethical issues of interest with an adult facilitator. Outings and get-togethers are a part of this experience. Guest speakers from inside and outside the Ethical Society are often invited to inform the students and enrich their discussions.

    Since 1976 the Society has sponsored a chapter of Amnesty International USA, the seventy-fourth chapter formed in the United States. Members of Group 74 meet each month to plan strategies for the release of prisoners of conscience throughout the world. In the process the group has learned much about the tenacity and courage of so many people.

    Ethical Friends of Children (EFC) is an outreach program of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island.
    Its sole purpose is to help children by providing them with needed clothing and infant furniture.
    Originally called Friends for the Homeless, it was started in 1986. It is an entirely volunteer organization.
    We believe the program is unique on the Island. It provides clothing and furniture to children - and only to children - from all backgrounds and at no cost to the families. WE HELP OVER 600 CHILDREN EACH YEAR.

    The Kenya Fund of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is over five years old and the project has raised nearly $100,000 for the Sema Academy. The Academy provides elementary education for nearly 400 children in an area where free education is a false promise.

    The Our Times Coffeehouse is brought to you by the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and the Long Island Progressive Coalition under the sponsorship of REP-LI. The monthly concert series was introduced to the Long Island community in March of 1990. Currently, concerts take place on the third Friday of each month excluding December, July, and August.


    Donald Morgenstern, President -- Wayne Outten, Vice President
    Linda Napoli, Secretary

    Joan Beder -- Mel Haber -- Jim LoPresti
    Alison Pratt -- Carol Smith-Pincus
    David Sprintzen -- Sharon Stanley

    Office Manager: Phyllis Herschlag
    regular office hours - M-Th 10-2:30; Sun 10-1:00
    (516) 741-7304

    Director of Religious Education: Sharon Stanley
    Youth Group Advisor: Tara Klein

    For building use contact the office

    Weddings: Dr. W. David Harmon
    Memorials: Dr. Joan Beder

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