Welcome to the Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley

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UPCOMING  EVENTS:  SPRING 2018

Event dates can also be found on our calendar pag

 

Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday June 17th, 11am

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

This is the Society’s Annual General Meeting.  Members are especially encouraged to attend, and all are welcome.  We will start with a brief “Origins” presentation: one of our members will reflect on what made him the person he is today.  Then it’s Ethical Culture Society business: approving the budget, electing some folks to the Board, hearing committee reports and plans, and suggesting improvements we’d like to see in the Society.  It ends with a potluck meal.

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 Discussion: Human Affairs or Private Sphere?

Wednesday June 20th, 7:30pm

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

Since the founding of Ethical Culture in 1876, its primary concern has been on making ethical values foremost in human affairs.  A respect for human dignity and working for a world in which justice is upheld has inspired Ethical Culture’s activism, leading to the creation of progressive institutions that would make any movement proud.  But Ethical Culture has been no less committed to ethics in the private sphere.  Its founder, Felix Adler, declared that the purpose of the Movement is to create “ethical personality,” and thereby inspire men and women to live by the highest moral ideals in mutual support and community with others.

How do we accommodate each other’s preferences?  What should be the balance between the two, and how should that be expressed?  How do we decide which is most important for us personally and as a group?  Address these questions together at our Wednesday night ethics discussion.  Paula leads.

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.)

 


ECSSV Book Club: The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

Sunday June 24th, 11am

Neutra House (181 Hillview Ave. Los Altos, CA 94022)

Please join us in discussing this book!  All are welcome, although we do ask that you read the book first and bring along some ideas for discussion.  If you have a chance, look over the list of potential books to help choose what to read for future meetings: http://ethicalsiliconvalley.org/ecssv-book-club/

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 Media Night: How Can You Hate Me When You Don’t Even Know Me?

Wednesday June 27th, 7:30pm

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

A follow-up to last month’s video and discussion about problem solving and conflict resolution.  The short video How can you hate me when you don’t even know me? is the story of a black man and his meaningful encounters and relationships with members of the Ku Klux Klan.

What made these encounters work?  How do we translate these successes into our lives?  Can we make a difference in our own community?  Julea leads.

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.)

 


Sunday Study Group: Ethics As A Religion by David Muzzey

Sunday July 1st, 4pm

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

We’ll continue our study of the book Ethics as a Religion.  Last month we discussed the introductory pages and Chapter 1; this month, we’ll discuss Chapters 2 and 3.  Dr. Muzzey was one of the early leaders of Ethical Culture, having joined the Society in 1898 as an assistant to Felix Adler.

Although this book is not available in the Santa Clara County Library or the City of San Jose collection, our society has several copies.  Chris leads.

Refreshments at 3:30pm, discussion begins at 4pm.  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 6th, 10am to noon

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

Please join this group, and feel free to invite others!  Bring your unique point of view and add to 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.  You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.  Thanks!

 


Coffee and Conversation

Sunday July 8th, 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 lead.

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!

 


Sunday Spotlight

Sunday July 15th, 11am

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

Join us one Sunday each month to hear from an inspiring, active speaker who will share information about working to make our community and our world a better place.  Topics run the gamut from basic needs to social justice to the environment.  We welcome you to participate by listening and engaging in thoughtful dialogue, with a little live music mixed in.  We provide the coffee, tea, and a welcoming space for inquiring minds and open hearts to learn from one another.

The program begins at 11am and ends at 12:30pm, and we’d love it if you’d stay after for a beverage, light refreshments, and 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!

 


Wednesday Evening Ethics Discussion and Food

Wednesday July 18th, 7:30pm

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

Ethical dilemmas from our daily lives will be the focus of the discussion.  Are you faced with an ethical choice and wonder what might be the right thing to do?  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 20th, 10am to noon

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

Please join this group, and feel free to invite others!  Bring your unique point of view and add to 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.  You can use our Meetup page if you have an account there, or you can use our contact form.  Thanks!