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

Coffee and Conversation

Sunday April 14th, 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!


Stengthening Our Community by Working Together

Wednesday April 17th, 6:30pm

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

This past summer, Cool Block was the subject of our Sunday Spotlight. Cool Block is a guide for local communities to make a significant impact on climate change. This program demonstrates the untapped potential of citizens to engage in this grassroots initiative in an effective and achievable way.” (Gavin Newsom, Governor of California).

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is another grass roots organization designed to acquaint neighbors with each other’s needs, interests, and skills. The goal is to establish a tighter community in which neighbors can share their experiences, get help when needed, provide assistance, and join together to maintain a healthy environment.

Can we, the members and guests of Ethical Culture, do the same in our community?

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: Suicides In Our Community

Friday April 19th, 10am to noon

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

Suicides in Palo Alto. Several weeks ago, the independent film “The Edge of Success,” previewed in the Bay Area, a serious endeavor, filmed over several years. The film ended with a list of changed policies that have helped reduce stress.

Does this approach camouflage the “Elephants” in our classrooms across the country? Are we applying band-aids to fix a system that has hemorrhaged? Jan leads.

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!


Sunday Spotlight

Special Event with Kate Lovelady

Sunday April 21st, 11am

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

Join us this Sunday to hear from Kate Lovelady, a visiting leader from the Ethical Society of St Louis. Today will be a special event, beginning with a Spotlight from 11 am to 12:30 pm in which Kate will compare and contrast Ethical Culture and progressivism. At 12:30, please join us for a potluck lunch, followed by a workshop on interpersonal skills from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m.

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

Wednesday April 24th, 6:30pm

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

Join us for another video exploring issues related to ethics. We will look into the deeper and more introspective questions in life. The goal of the night is to be inspired and motivated to pursue meaningful virtues in our everyday lives. Suggestions for videos under 30 minutes are welcome!

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

Sunday April 28th, 11am to 12:30pm

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

• 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/


Friday Morning Ethics Discussion

Friday May 3rd, 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!


Patriotism, Flags, and Ethics: A Reflection On Cinco de Mayo

Sunday May 5th, 4pm to 6pm

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

San Jose hosts a parade and celebration on Cinco de Mayo, and many Mexican flags are flown on the streets! On nearby San Jose State campus, there is a statue to Olympic runners who protested when the American National Anthem was played in 1968 in Mexico City. In 1989, the US Supreme Court ruled that desecrating the flag was “expressive” and protected by the First Amendment.

What are the ethics of flag waving and patriotic expression? If I am in another country, is it OK for me to wave the flag of my homeland? Should I celebrate the Fourth of July in England or should I not, out of deference to my hosts, from whom the US declared Independence? Should those of Norwegian descent be displaying the flag of Norway here? And celebrating their national Constitution Day on May 17? What’s the difference between these celebrations and Cinco de Mayo?

Discussion begins at 4:00. 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 May 12th, 11am to 12:30pm

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!