Weekly Ethical Society meetings are at 11 AM Sundays. Our Platforms are free and open to the public. A coffee hour follows for discussion and conversation.
In February, the Sunday Ethical Education for Kids (SEEK) will be meeting during platform on the 12th (for Darwin Day) and the 19th (for President's Day). If you have questions, please contact Nick Sanders, "email@example.com."
Free street parking is available if a permit is displayed on your dashboard. You can get a permit from the Society's office.
Sunday, February 5, 11:00 AM
Love, Paranoia and the Limits of Community in a Multiracial Society
John L. Jackson Jr., Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
John L. Jackson Jr., will talk about how and why America's racial landscape in the 21st century is not easily reducible to any of its pre-Civil Rights incarnations, arguing for an institutionalized understanding of "love" that is different from many of the ways in which people are taught to make sense of the term.
John L. Jackson, Jr., is Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Jackson received his BA in Communication (Radio/ TV/Film) from Howard University and his PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. He is the author of Thin Description: Ethnography and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (Harvard University Press, 2013); Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic, 2008); Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005); Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001); and Impolite Conversations, cowritten with Cora Daniels (Atria/ Simon & Schuster, 2014).
Sunday, February 12, 11:00 AM
Gerontia: A Dramatic Reading
Walt Vail, playwright and winner of the PES 2016 One Act Playwriting Contest
In this farcical comedy, Jimmy has married a personable, level-headed and attractive woman without noting that she is quite a bit older than himself. Only when his friend and mentor Mark comes over to meet the new bride does Jimmy learn that her name, "Gerontia," does not derive from geranium. When he does, this sets in motion a hilarious series of misunderstandings that seem to be leading either to catastrophe or to new understandings. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Ethical Society has picked a winner in its annual playwriting contest that will allow you to decide which is which. Is that perfectly clear? We thought not.
Walt Vail, the author, is known in Philadelphia theater circles as the dean of Philly-area playwrights. He came to Philadelphia with his Penn State degree in theater in 1951, and has been a teacher and a prolific, much honored playwright ever since. He has worked with Young Playwrights for years, and is the director of Philadelphia Dramatist Center's Writers Circle. His best known publication is Betsy's (Ross, that is) Flag, by Eldridge Publishers.
Sunday, February 19, 11:00 AM
In Search of A Wider Deeper Richer Humanism (Video Presentation)
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader, NY Society for Ethical Culture and Bergen Ethical Society
In his first appearance here since he delivered the keynote address at Leader Hugh's installation ceremony in 2012, Leader Joe Chuman will present his first ever virtual address at PES. Humanism is intrinsic to Ethical Culture. In his thoughtprovoking platform, Chuman will discuss the history of humanism, the rejection of "humanism" by Felix Adler, and its later acceptance into Ethical Culture thought and practice. He will speak about his own embrace of humanist ideas and how they have made it possible for him work with diverse groups of people, including serving along with Catholics on the Ethics Board of a Catholic Hospital.
Sunday, February 26, 11:00 AM
Reproductive Health Care and Rights Under Trump
Dayle Steinberg, CEO, Planned Parenthood, PA
For years, backward politicians in Congress and statehouses across the country have attacked Planned Parenthood's patients' access to care. This year, a war on Planned Parenthood's services will be directed from the White House. Donald Trump has pledged to appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court, doubling down on his vision of a country in which Roe v. Wade is overturned and millions of women are forced to travel out of state for an abortion, or forgo care altogether.
Donald Trump has also declared that he's committed to defunding Planned Parenthood, and Mike Pence has for years sought to cut off Planned Parenthood's access to federal money. On January 5, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the budget reconciliation bill repealing the Affordable Care Act will also include a provision to defund Planned Parenthood. Dayle Steinberg, CEO of Planned Parenthood Philadelphia, will address the urgency of fighting back for the care that patients need.
Dayle Steinberg was appointed president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) in 2001. Dayle began her tenure with PPSP in 1978 as a graduate intern and became a full-time staff person in 1981. She is responsible for the overall management of PPSP's operations and for representing the organization to the public. Dayle serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is vice chair of the board of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates.
The Philadelphia Ethical Society will "split-the-plate" as our contribution to the excellent work of Planned Parenthood. This means that half the cash contributions and any checks written to Planned Parenthood will go directly to Planned Parenthood.