Anne Klaeysen: Ethics of Contemplation at the NYS Ethical Culture

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    October 1, 2017 all-day
    2 W 64th St
    New York, NY 10023

    At the NY Society for Ethical Culture

    Sunday Meeting – Anne Klaeysen: Ethics of Contemplation

    Sunday, October 1, 2017 – 11:00 am

    2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West)
    New York, NY 10023
    Ceremonial Hall – 4th floor

    During my summer sabbatical, I visited a childhood friend who is a Sister of St. Joseph in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester, NY. She co-founded and operates Cobblestone Springs, an interdenominational retreat center in the Finger Lakes area, where I gave an afternoon workshop on “All-American Humanism.” That evening I spent an hour in silence with her and the other residents and visitors. At breakfast the next morning, she asked whether Humanism had a contemplative practice.

    While my colleagues and I have addressed humanist spirituality (and I led workshop participants in a guided meditation), I had to concede that it hasn’t yet taken the form on a practice or discipline, perhaps because we are so focused on ethical action.