The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.
Felix Adler, Founder of Ethical Culture
What to Expect
Our platform meetings typically feature a thought-provoking talk on a topic of ethical interest, along with responses, music, a story for children of all ages, and more. We meet from mid-September through mid-June (see topic listings below).
Our Sunday School is devoted to teaching children how to make ethical choices, with a thoughtful, age-specific curriculum and a friendly, supportive environment.
All are welcome to attend a Sunday meeting and to bring children along for Sunday School. Casual, comfortable dress is the norm, we want you to feel at home.
We follow the more formal part of our meetings with a coffee and conversation time hosted by our members -- a chance to continue the conversation about the topic, to get to know each other, to learn from each other, and to find others with shared values and concerns.
A few times each year, we have inter-generational festival celebrations instead of talks at the Sunday platform meeting. In these events, we celebrate the natural flow of the seasons, honor the universal human concerns behind holidays, and enjoy a shared meal together.
Each Sunday, we pass the basket, giving members and friends an opportunity to help support the Society and its values. Half of all undesignated donations are given to a charitable or service organization or project; the Ethical Action committee selects and announces each week's recipient organization or project.
Sample Sunday Program
|Opening Words and Music
|Welcome and Greet Your neighbors
|Story Time (kids gather up front)
|Kids go to Sunday School
|Platform Speaker Introduction
|11:20 AM-11:50 AM
|Response Period and Sharing of Responsibility (collections)
|Conclusion of Sunday School
|12:00 PM-1:30 PM
|Snacks and Social Time