What we're about

We are a democratic fellowship for people seeking a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or non belief in a supreme being. We value the importance of living ethical, responsible, and socially connected lives.

Together, we do service projects that benefit the larger community, including cleaning up the Bay, food sorting, collecting items for the homeless, and helping disadvantaged families.

We welcome people from a variety of religious backgrounds. Some consider themselves humanists, atheists, or agnostics. Our emphasis is on what we DO to make the world a better place individually and together.

We discuss ethical dilemmas that arise in our lives, hold programs to learn about ourselves, each other, and the issues of the day. We seek to be fully engaged in the community and the world.

If you seek social events, social action and a socially-minded community, share your passion and join us!

For more information, visit our website at: ecssv.org (http://ecssv.org/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Sunday Spotlight: Green Civil War Over Utility-Scale Solar Power

Join us this Sunday as we hear from Dustin Mulvaney, associate professor in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. This month we'll be learning about the potential environmental impacts of new energy technologies and how California might achieve low carbon energy while preserving biodiversity. The program begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., and we'd love it if you'd stay for a beverage and light refreshments after to share your thoughts. For more information about Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley, visit our website at: ecssv.org (http://ecssv.org/)

Video Night: Greta Thunberg, age 15, on Climate Change

Paula & Ben's Home

School Strike for Climate Change--Save the world by changing the rules. Greta Thunberg. In December 2018, Greta spoke at TEDx Stockholm about her school strike, since August, to change the rules so more people would wake up about the climate crisis and change. She has a powerful message to us, who are creating the world she anticipates living in. She closes with a message of hope that depends on our action today . "Imagine what we could do if we work together." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAmmUIEsN9A We can watch this TED talk at home alone, but a meaningful discussion happens with others. Join us. The goal of the night is to be inspired and motivated to pursue meaningful virtues in our everyday lives. *Vegan soup served @ 6:30pm *Video/Discussion starts @ 7:30pm and ends @ 9:00pm

Book Club: A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen

Neutra House

This month, we'll be discussing the novel 'A Terrible Country' by Keith Gessen (ebook and audiobook versions are available) • All are welcome (though please read the book) • Please bring along at least one point for discussion • If you have chance, look over the list to help choose the next book http://ethicalsiliconvalley.org/ecssv-book-club/ Reviews: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/books/review/keith-gessen-terrible-country.html https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/18/terrible-country-keith-gessen-review Abstract: When Andrei Kaplan’s older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It’s the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn, packs up his hockey stuff, and moves into the apartment that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a woman who has outlived her husband and most of her friends. She survived the dark days of communism and witnessed Russia’s violent capitalist transformation, during which she lost her beloved dacha. She welcomes Andrei into her home, even if she can’t always remember who he is. Andrei learns to navigate Putin’s Moscow, still the city of his birth, but with more expensive coffee. He looks after his elderly—but surprisingly sharp!—grandmother, finds a place to play hockey, a café to send emails, and eventually some friends, including a beautiful young activist named Yulia. Over the course of the year, his grandmother’s health declines and his feelings of dislocation from both Russia and America deepen. Andrei knows he must reckon with his future and make choices that will determine his life and fate. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei’s politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you. Writing with grace and humor, Keith Gessen gives us a brilliant and mature novel that is sure to mark him as one of the most talented novelists of his generation. WorldCat: https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=A+Terrible+Country+au%3AKeith+Gessen

Friday AM ethics discussion

Holder's Country Inn

Using situations in life and from the news of the week, we'll explore ethical issues of the day. The topic will change every month. Bring issues from your life or the news to share. Please join this group. Invite others! Bring your unique point of view and add to the discussion. See you there!

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