Adult Ed

The Ethical Culture Society is committed to the ideal of lifelong education. We aim to talk, play and learn from each other.

We provide a wide variety of programs that address all manner of subjects related directly or indirectly to the practice of ethical behavior. It fosters practical approaches to affirming life, increasing knowledge, and improving the quality of human relationships.

To register, or for more information, call 201-836-5187, email

New (Winter/Spring 2017) programs:

Film Series:  ” FOUR SMALL BEAUTIFUL FILMS”  The only thing these four films have in common is that they are small, beautiful, character driven films about people.  In some sense you’ll probably recognize yourself or people you love – or maybe people you can’t help but love in spite of their flaws.  If you’re looking for action and adventure, these aren’t for you. Popcorn! Discussion following each film.  Fridays, April 21, April  28 and May 5, May 19, 7:30 pm.  Films TBA.  See our April and May calendars for more details.


Religion, Rights and Violence:

Joseph Chuman, PhD, professor of Human Rights at Columbia University,  and leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, presents this class. April 25, May 9, May 23, May 30 and June 13, 7:30- 9 pm.


Memorial Society of Northeast New Jersey

Welcome David Lewis from this non-profit, non sectarian volunteer organization whose mission is to help people become better educated funeral consumers. Learn about preplanning a funeral and dramatically reducing costs. Sunday, January 29, 12:30 pm.

Ongoing programs:

Being White and Its Hidden Assumptions

Meets periodically for thoughtful discussion, engaging activities and video clips to raise awareness about this important topic. Next meeting:  Sunday, October 30, 12:45- 2 pm, with guest participant Hugh Taft Morales, Leader of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Societies for Ethical Culture.

Contemplative Humanism Group

We gather on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm for lightly guided meditation, Hatha yoga, Qigong and mindful discussion. All levels are welcome in this secular space of being together in silence, careful listening, and thoughtful sharing.

Conversemos (Let’s Talk)

An opportunity for people with at least a basic knowledge of Spanish to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture; it meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Facilitator Nieves Garcia Pimienta, born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, and member of the Ethical Culture Society, has been in constant engagement with the Hispanic population in New Jersey.

Do Tell! Story Night

Stories are at the core of human interaction . It’s in a story that we reveal ourselves; we give a gift, and have it received; and discover what makes us unique and alike. “Do Tell!” is a place for stories of all kinds.

This “MOTH-like” evening will generally include some small-group interactive storytelling games; some free-form, raise-your-hand storytelling on a common theme; and one or more longer-form personal stories developed for presentation. (Spectators are always welcome, and participation in any activity is at choice). 7:30 – 9:30 pm on the second Fridays of the month.

Do Tell!  Story Workshops

In preparation for the evenings are workshops for people to develop personal stories- 15 minutes or so- about real events that shaped their lives in meaningful ways, led by Bob Gordon, based on his MOTH development training. Bring  an idea for your story and prepare it for possible presentation at an upcoming Do Tell! Story Night.

Job Club

A group to help anyone who is currently seeking to explore new career opportunities, facilitated by Anne Wallman, certified Career Development Facilitator. Meets on Sunday evenings at 5 pm.

Socrates Cafe

While Socrates Cafe discussions begin with a question that hooks the majority of the group attending, the journey and goal are not to find the answer. So what is the process and how can it be the whetstone for sharpening our inquiring minds?” Meets on the last Monday of the month at 7 pm.

Theater Club

Enjoy local theater performances. Sign up to receive a regular email announcement of a local production, and then join with other for an afternoon or evening performance, and perhaps lunch or dinner as well. Facilitators Karen Buzzard and Linda Bennett are members of the Ethical Culture Society who enjoy local theater performances.

And for food and conversation:

Men’s Monthly Luncheon Group: Luncheon and conversation on the last Friday of the month at noon.

Women’s Monthly Luncheon Group: “Invites members who would enjoy the sociability of time together” for lunch on the last Friday of the month at moderately priced restaurants.

Men’s Dinner Group: Dinner and conversation, meets monthly.

Women’s Dinner Group: Dinner and conversation, meets monthly.


Join us: Unless otherwise noted, programs are open to the public, and meet on weeknights at our meeting house, or after our  Sunday Platform. Refreshments are served. There is often a modest suggested donation.

See selected past Adult Ed classes and events.


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