Welcome to the Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley

Observing the transit of Venus does not get in the way of eating.

Observing the transit of Venus does not get in the way of eating.

Learning about water conservation landscaping.

Learning about water conservation landscaping.

GreenWaste Recovery recycling tour: Unbelievable!

GreenWaste Recovery recycling tour: Unbelievable!

Alien spacecraft . . . or maybe a solar cooking demonstration.

Alien spacecraft . . . or maybe a solar cooking demonstration.

Musical break at a Sunday meeting.

Musical break at a Sunday meeting.

Indian cooking participation - holy cow!

Indian cooking participation - holy cow!

Venus transits across the sun and WE WERE THERE.

Venus transits across the sun and WE WERE THERE.

Helping out at Sunday Friends.

Helping out at Sunday Friends.

Second Harvest - Volunteering - John and Dennis.

Second Harvest - Volunteering - John and Dennis.

Second Harvest Food Bank: Cheryl, Elisa and Martin sorting apples.

Second Harvest Food Bank: Cheryl, Elisa and Martin sorting apples.

Ellen & Cheryl Restoring the wetlands at Save the Bay.

Ellen & Cheryl Restoring the wetlands at Save the Bay.

Sunday Platform - John & Lois leaving the parking lot better than they found it.

Sunday Platform - John & Lois leaving the parking lot better than they found it.

Making lunches for the homeless.

Making lunches for the homeless.

Roger fixing PB&J sandwiches.

Roger fixing PB&J sandwiches.

Many hands make light work.

Many hands make light work.

Friday morning ethics where deep conversations with like-minded and like-hearted people inspires each one!

Friday morning ethics where deep conversations with like-minded and like-hearted people inspires each one!

The Jazz and the atmosphere at Second Sunday Jazz make for a wonderful afternoon.

The Jazz and the atmosphere at Second Sunday Jazz make for a wonderful afternoon.

Lawrence adding music to the Study Session.

Lawrence adding music to the Study Session.

The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley is a vibrant, caring community dedicated to cultivating ethical growth and action in its members and in the larger world. We are a democratic fellowship for people seeking a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or nonbelief in a supreme being.

We discuss ethical dilemmas that arise in our lives and in the world around us; hold programs to learn about ourselves, each other, and the issues of the day; and seek to be engaged citizens of our nation and our world.  We collaborate with other organizations working for a more just and humane world.

The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley (ECSSV) is an affiliate of the American Ethical Union.  Ethical Culture is a humanistic religious, philosophical, and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of life is working to create a more humane society.  Our focus is on how we live our lives.  Our faith is in the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world.

 


UPCOMING  EVENTS:  FALL  2016

Event dates can also be found on our calendar page


 

Wednesday November 30, 2016          7:30 to 9pm

Media Night (note the date – event was postponed from Nov. 23rd)

Video from the Winterfaith Collaborative: The Gift of Hospitality

In the winter of 2015-16, more than 60 faith communities joined together to provide safe places for unhoused people in Santa Clara County.  This winter, the communities will again provide shelter in churches and parking lots for safe car parking overnight.  How can we help?  We don’t have a building or a parking lot, but we have compassion, people, and time.  What can we do?

Soup is served at 6:30pm, the video starts at 7:30pm.  Please email us or user our contact form for location details and to let us know you’re coming,

 


 

Friday December 2, 2016           10am to noon

Friday Ethics Discussion

Giving anonymously or openly: Why?  Whether to?

Location: Lyon’s Restaurant, 4233 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA., 95129

It’s the season of philanthropy and giving.  Let’s discuss giving and whether to do it anonymously or openly.

In Ethics in the Real World, Peter Singer’s essay “Blatant Benevolence” includes this thought: “We need to get over our reluctance to speak openly about the good we do.  Silent giving will not change a culture that deems it sensible to spend all your money on yourself and your family, rather than help those in greater need–even though helping others is likely to bring more fulfillment in the long run.”

In this season of giving, what do you think and what will you do?

Websites Singer suggests looking at include:

http://www.givingwhatwecan.org

http://www.thelifeyoucansave.org

http://www.givingpledge.org

Please join this group, and feel free to invite others!  Bring your unique point of view and add to the discussion, which starts around 10:30.  Please arrive early if you’d like to order food (highly recommended!).  It’s OK to just show up, but it always helps to know how many people to expect.  You can RSVP via our Meetup page if you have a Meetup account, or you can use our contact form .

 


 

Sunday December 4, 2016           4pm – 6pm

Sunday Study Session

Speaking of Ethics by Joseph Chuman, p. 81: The Sordid Campaign to Deny the Holocaust.

Chuman discusses the reemergence of anti-Semitism a surprisingly short time after WWII, and specifically focuses on denial of the fact of the Holocaust.  He discusses the social conditions that he feels have given rise to this reemergence as well as what might be an appropriate response.

Carol Leimroth will lead the discussion.  She hopes to focus on how Holocaust denial might connect to other genocide, and what action can be taken to prevent future genocides.

This meeting will be held at a lovely home in downtown San Jose.  Address provided upon RSVP, which can be done via meetup, by email, or through our web site contact form .

 


 

Friday December 16, 2016           10am to noon

Friday Theoretical Ethics Discussion

Location: Lyon’s Restaurant, 4233 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA., 95129

Given that extinction of species has been ongoing (in parallel with evolution of new species) for as long as life has been present on earth, what ethical obligations do we have — if any — to other species?  Does the concept of ethical action apply in regard to other species?  If not, why not, and if so, does it apply equally in regard to all species?  Roger Arnold leads.

Come join our group at a table upstairs where Karen serves breakfast from the bargain menu.  Bring your unique point of view and add to the discussion, which starts around 10:30. Please arrive early if you’d like to order food (highly recommended!). It’s OK to just show up, but it always helps to know how many people to expect. You can RSVP via our Meetup page if you have a Meetup account, or you can use our contact form .