What we're about

We are a community dedicated to fostering ethical humanist beliefs and values and to improving the human condition through individual and collective action. We celebrate diversity and 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.

We have activities and events for all age groups. Among our activities are a Sunday School, a teen group, and for adults we have social gatherings, Sunday morning meetings, lectures, and discussion groups on movies, opera, and world events.

Projects of the Society include a branch of Amnesty International, the Our Times Coffeehouse, Ethical Friends of Children, whose sole purpose is to help children by providing them with needed clothing and infant furniture, and the Kenya Project - supporting the Sema Academy elementary school.

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. By identifying ethics as central to religion, children are encouraged to explore their own values and beliefs, with Ethical Culture values emphasized throughout Sunday morning lessons.

For more information visit our website at http://www.ehsli.org (http://www.ehsli.org)

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If health care is a right, how do we pay for it?

38 Old Country Rd

Platform program with Elizabeth Seegert, health care journalist. We’ve been hearing a lot about “Medicare for All,” “universal coverage,” “public options,” and the right to basic health care for all Americans. The challenge is figuring out a way to pay for care for 300 million people without plunging the U.S. into even further debt, avoiding tax increases on the working poor and middle class, and figuring out a system that will save money in the long run. We’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of various proposals, how other countries manage to insure all their citizens, and whether there can be a fair, equitable solution for all of us. New York-based journalist, Liz Seegert, has spent more than 30 years reporting and writing about health and general news topics for print, digital and broadcast media. Her primary beats currently include aging, boomers, social determinants of health and health policy. She is topic editor on aging for the Association of Health Care Journalists. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Consumer Reports, AARP.com, Medical Economics, The Los Angeles Times and The Hartford Courant. We happily claim her as a long standing member of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. Since 1952, a Sunday program has been held every week for our members and visitors. The centerpieces of this hour are informative and inspiring talks by an Ethical Culture Leaders, local educators and social action advocates. Music, poetry and meditation enrich the experience. We have festivals and occasional special presentations relating to the seasons and the secular holiday calendar. A coffee hour follows the program. This is a congenial time to get to know our community. A Kids' Ethics Class is held simultaneously for children ages 6 to 12. Classes are held in a spirit of inquiry by our dedicated teachers who welcome diversity. Children learn to be open-minded, honest and kind through discussions, role plays, games and projects. Our youth group for high school students is a perfect opportunity for teens to engage in social action and make new friends. Both programs are without charge.

What is the Ethical Humanism of the Future

38 Old Country Rd

Platform program with Anne Klaeysen, Leader Emerita of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Anne takes inspiration for this platform address from Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler’s first and last sermon at Temple Emanu-El in 1873 called “Judaism of the Future.” It was meant to be an audition for being appointed his father Samuel’s successor as rabbi. Instead, it shocked the congregation by neglecting to mention a deity and offering a bold manifesto of Judaism as a secular religion of morality for all humanity, not just a privileged few. While conceding that his sermon was brilliant and that young Felix had a bright future ahead of him, the synagogue’s trustees made it clear to him that such a future would not be with them. Six years later, he founded our non-theistic religion of ethics. Have we fulfilled the future he envisioned? What future do we envision now? Together we will explore these questions. Since 1952, a Sunday program has been held every week for our members and visitors. The centerpieces of this hour are informative and inspiring talks by an Ethical Culture Leaders, local educators and social action advocates. Music, poetry and meditation enrich the experience. We have festivals and occasional special presentations relating to the seasons and the secular holiday calendar. A coffee hour follows the program. This is a congenial time to get to know our community. A Kids' Ethics Class is held simultaneously for children ages 6 to 12. Classes are held in a spirit of inquiry by our dedicated teachers who welcome diversity. Children learn to be open-minded, honest and kind through discussions, role plays, games and projects. Our youth group for high school students is a perfect opportunity for teens to engage in social action and make new friends. Both programs are without charge.

The Search for Meaning and Faith in Darwin's World

38 Old Country Rd

Platform presentation by John Teehan, professor of religion and chairman of the religion department at Hofstra University. Charles Darwin’s 1859 publication of "On the Origin of Species" was a transformational event. Our understanding of the natural world and our place in it was changed, or at least challenged, in profound ways that are still being felt, and debated. Perhaps the most prominent challenge was to traditional religious understandings of the world. Far more damaging than simply refuting the Genesis account of creation, Darwin’s view of nature as an evolving dynamic process, which was neither guided nor designed, raised the specter of nihilism. In such a world the search for meaning was deemed absurd and faith was seen as a desperate attempt to hide from an unbearably harsh reality. Darwin, however, saw “grandeur in this view of life.” Prof. Teehan will argue that by fully embracing the lessons of Darwin’s view of life we will discover the resources for creating a meaningful, morally rich existence—and for a faith that may sustain us in these troubled times. Since 1952, a Sunday program has been held every week for our members and visitors. The centerpieces of this hour are informative and inspiring talks by an Ethical Culture Leaders, local educators and social action advocates. Music, poetry and meditation enrich the experience. We have festivals and occasional special presentations relating to the seasons and the secular holiday calendar. A coffee hour follows the program. This is a congenial time to get to know our community. A Kids' Ethics Class is held simultaneously for children ages 6 to 12. Classes are held in a spirit of inquiry by our dedicated teachers who welcome diversity. Children learn to be open-minded, honest and kind through discussions, role plays, games and projects. Our youth group for high school students is a perfect opportunity for teens to engage in social action and make new friends. Both programs are without charge.

We are an Ethical Humanist community that is open-minded and welcomes visitors.

Since 1952, a Sunday program has been held every week for our members and visitors. The centerpieces of this hour are informative and inspiring talks by an Ethical Culture Leaders, local educators and social action advocates. Music, poetry and meditation enrich the experience. We have festivals and occasional special presentations relating to the seasons and the secular holiday calendar. A coffee hour follows the program. This is a congenial time to get to know our community. A Kids' Ethics Class is held simultaneously for children ages 6 to 12. Classes are held in a spirit of inquiry by our dedicated teachers who welcome diversity. Children learn to be open-minded, honest and kind through discussions, role plays, games and projects. Our youth group for high school students is a perfect opportunity for teens to engage in social action and make new friends. Both programs are without charge.

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