SHARING OUR SPIRITUALITY: Conversations Throughout NYC in April


Conversations Throughout NYC in April


SPIRITUALITY will be the subject of conversations throughout New York City

during the month of April, as many of us observe Easter and Passover, in a

project sponsored by Conversations New York (CNY) and listed on its calendar at and .


“Lively-minded New Yorkers will gather to share their ideas, experiences, and feelings

about this compellinig subject,” says Ron Gross, founder of CNY, who conducts Socratic

Conversations at Columbia University. “Spirituality is one of the most powerful forces in

our lives. Some people contend that it’s too hot a topic for conversation. But we believe

that thinking about it together, in a spirit of mutual respect, can help us understand

ourselves and each other more deeply.”


Throughout the month, individuals, organizations and institutions will explore the subject

from diverse perspectives, ranging from the personal to the political, from the literary to the



Why not host such a conversation yourself – with whomever you like, wherever and

whenever you like — to explore SPIRITUALITY from your perspective. It’s a great way to

nurture rapport and understanding!

Among the topics to be discussed at these conversations will be:

What does spirituality mean, to you?

How do you appraise the impact of Spirituality on our society and culture?

Do you feel that religious convictions bring us together or pull us apart?

How have your spiritual principles and practices changed in the course of your life?

Could religious and spiritual leaders and institutions do more to build a better world?


Offerings will be listed on the CNY calendar at They

will take place in a myriad of public venues, ranging from the Jung Society, the New York

Society for Ethical Culture, and Columbia University, as well as at warmly welcoming cafes

and restaurants, to the atriums of business buildings like CitiGroup, IBM, and SONY.


Suggested Basic Reading: An excellent article on Spirituality on Wikipedia includes

definitions, historical development, major traditions, contemporary schools, scientific

responses, and further readings.


Conversations New York ( is a community of

volunteers devoted to enhancing the quality of life in NYC by promoting more and better

conversations. CNY’s projects have included the first national conference on THE

POWER OF CONVERSATION at Columbia University, the first CONVERSATION DAY

in Bryant Park, and promoting 1,000 conversation per year on its on-line calendar.

You are warmly invited to two events at Columbia University – Mar 2 and Mar 5

You are warmly invited to two events at Columbia University:


Founding Director


Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Robert N. Butler Professor, Mailman School of Public Health

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7-9 PM

Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College

525 West 120th Street, Room 305, Russell Hall

RSVP to and to CNY Meetup

Please bring a photo ID for admittance to the building.

Ursula M. Staudinger is one of the pioneers in the empirical study of Wisdom, starting with work on the Berlin Wisdom Project at the Max Planck Institute in the 1980s.



WISDOM: What Does It Take to Become Wiser?

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross

Thursday, March 5, 4:00-5:15 pm

Teachers College, Columbia University

Gottesman Library, Room 305 Russell

(Starbucks Coffee etc. available for purchase on your way to the Meeting Room if you wish.)

525 West 120th St.

Including Book Display

RSVP to and RSVP to CNY Meetup

Please bring photo ID required for entrance to building.

Continuing our season theme of WISDOM, this session will extend our inquiries into the practical steps each of us can take to become wiser – informed by the presentation on this subject by Prof. Ursula Staudinger earlier in the week, on Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm.  What does it take to make wiser decisions in our personal and family relationships, our learning and professional lives, and our health and well-being?