Welcome to the Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley

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UPCOMING  EVENTS:  Spring 2019

Event dates can also be found on our calendar page

Sunday Spotlight: Annual Meeting

Sunday June 16, 11am

Neutra House (183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos CA 94022)

Join us for our Annual General Meeting! It’s a special occasion for the Society’s members to focus together on what we’ve done over the past year and where we are headed next. We’ll take care of some business: members will elect directors to the Board, approve the budget, and tweak the Bylaws. But before all that stuff, we’ll enjoy an “Origins” talk by one of our esteemed founding members, Mimi Mueller – she’ll tell us about some formative experiences that led her to become the special, humanistic person she is today. And afterward, we’ll socialize over a potluck lunch on the patio. Bring something to share, and stay for an enjoyable time.

The program begins at 11am and ends at 12:30pm, and we’d love it if you’d stay for a beverage and light refreshments to share your thoughts.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect and can set up the room accordingly. You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form. Thanks!


Video Night With Discussion And Food: New Things – Do They Make Us Happy? Or Not?

Wednesday June 19, 6:30pm

Paula and Ben’s home (RSVP for location details)

In 1769, Diderot wrote of his new luxurious red dressing gown which made him unhappy. Why? It clashed with his other things and he lost the sense of unity his older clothes provided. He then acquired new clothing to match his red dressing gown, even though he was not a wealthy man. This has been called the “Diderot effect”. Even today, marketers and economists use this concept to influence how we either buy new things to match what we already have or buy new things to match the fantasy of the new. Apple and IKEA are mentioned as examples. The video closes with this: Try not to forget the benefits of the old and the shabby!

Let’s talk! Share stories of how we see the Diderot effect in our own lives and ponder how we might be better people if we were aware of the Diderot effect.  Here is a link to the video.

Vegan dinner served at 6:30, discussion at 7:30. PLEASE do not bring any food or drink into the home. RSVP for location details (you can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.)


Friday Morning Ethics Discussion: Immigration, Open Or Closed?

Friday June 21, 10am to noon

Holder’s Country Inn (998 S. DeAnza Blvd, San Jose CA 95129)

Undocumented immigration issues have been front and center this year with no end in sight. We’ll review some statistics. How do the political left and right view the contributions of undocumented residents? Can we learn from these people and build stronger communities? Or, are they a burden to our country? Emi, a US immigrant, will lead the discussion and share her experiences.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect. You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form. Thanks!


ECSSV Book Club: Twelve Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson

Sunday June 23, 11am to 12:30pm

Neutra House (183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos CA 94022)

This month we’ll be discussing Twelve Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos by Jordan Peterson.

• 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/


Wednesday Evening Discussion: “Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You…”

Wednesday June 26, 7:30pm

Molly’s home (RSVP for location details)

“My thoughts and prayers are with you.”  These words are frequently recited in times of trauma, death, serious illnesses, and national and international tragedies.  What else can we do?  What else should we do?  Let’s go beyond the condolences and discuss our actions, especially in times of mass killings and injuries.  Molly will lead the discussion.

Discussion starts @ 7:30pm and ends @ 9:30pm. Please RSVP for location details (you can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.)


Sunday Study Session

Sunday July 7, 4pm

BJ and Lawrence’s home (RSVP for location details)

Want to know more about Ethical Culture? Have you attended some of our gatherings but don’t really know what Ethical Culture is all about? Attend this gathering where we review some of the documents created around the ideas and ideals of Ethical Culture as well as some of the current writings on Ethical Culture. This discussion will introduce Ethical Culture to new folks, refresh the ideas for the folks who’ve been around a while, and offer lots of ideas for discussion.

Please RSVP for location details, as this event is held at a private home. Use our Meetup page if you have a Meetup account, or you can contact us by email or this site’s contact form .


Coffee and Conversation

Sunday July 14, 11am

Neutra House (183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos CA 94022)

Coffee & Conversation sessions are informal, inclusive, supportive gatherings. We just talk about things that are on our minds, things that make for, or detract from, a fulfilling human life in the real world for ourselves and for other people. We listen to each other, share our thoughts, sip our hot drinks, and enjoy being together. We do this at Neutra House in Los Altos the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 in the morning. Linda and John will lead the discussion.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect and can set up the room accordingly. You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form. Thanks!


Wednesday Evening Discussion and Food

Wednesday July 17, 7:30pm

Paula and Ben’s home (RSVP for location details)

Ethical dilemmas from our daily lives will be the focus of the discussion. Bring ethical situations you personally face to the group for a hearty and thoughtful discussion. For instance, are you faced with an ethical choice and wonder what the right thing to do is? Does something you see in the media make you wince because you think it’s unethical? Did some person act in a way that received media attention because it was seen as very “moral” and it got you thinking about what you would do in the same situation? Bring it to the group for discussion!

Vegan dinner served at 6:30, discussion at 7:30. PLEASE do not bring any food or drink into the home. RSVP for location details (you can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.)


Friday Morning Ethics Discussion

Friday July 19, 10am to noon

Holder’s Country Inn (998 S. DeAnza Blvd, San Jose CA 95129)

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.

Although it’s fine to just show up, it would be greatly appreciated if you RSVP so we have some idea how many people to expect. You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form. Thanks!