Platforms, Celebrations, Classes
Ethical Culture is a humanistic religious and educational movement inspired
by the ideal that creating a more humane society is our prime
undertaking. The task of this committee is to lay the groundwork for
living according to that ideal.
We offer Sunday morning platforms with
various activities. The lecture is the centerpiece of it. The speakers we
choose are engaged in work central to our current ethical concerns.
For instance, above
are three speakers from our 2005-2006 season: At the lecturn, ex-policewoman Maria Sliwa describes her
worldwide efforts against modern-day slavery; City Councilman Michael Nutter answers questions after his talk
on ethics in city government; and Philosopher Gary Francione defends his views on animal rights.
talks contribute to our understanding of the surrounding culture,
addressing such topics as social justice, geopolitical events, as well as
more personal issues such as how we 'position' ourselves in an often
unethical, unjust world. They inspire us to think about how to work for
change. There's also a wonderful musical presentation, and some singing,
and an opportunity for a member to stand and talk about his/her ethical
journey, or share personal concerns. Afterward there's the Coffee Hour,
where we socialize, and then a period of time devoted to a discussing
points raised by the speaker. These are especially enlightening, because
they round off points which may have not been covered fully during the platform address.
We have various celebrations during the course of the year, including the Fall Equinox Celebration, a Humanist Thanksgiving, a Winter Solstice Celebration, and a Spring Equinox Celebration.
The other way we do it is through classes. Our Leader, Hugh Taft-Morales, offers excellent classes, listed separately. Please see our monthly calendar to keep abreast.