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Ethical Education

Ethical Action

Ethical Living

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture seeks to be an inclusive community focused on social justice and personal growth. 

Who We Are

We are an inclusive humanist community that focuses on both social justice and personal growth.  Values and action are more important to us than what we each believe or don’t believe.  Human worth and human connection are key values we hold precious.  As a community, wecelebrate and mourn together, supporting and challenging each other in our humanness.  We are also part of a larger network of Ethical Societies in North America.

What We Do

We meet on Sundays to reflect on ethical living, get inspired to action, and to connect with each other person to person. We have many other opportunities to learn together, for example to understand racism, to practice compassionate communication, or to learn permaculture or mindfulness practices. We also promote action, for example marching  together for climate justice with thousands of others, cooperating with other organizations on peace or anti-racism, and aiding members in their own activism with ideas, tools, and a supportive community.

How to Join

If you think this is a community you might like to be part of, check us out on a Sunday or at other events for a few times, including in the informal conversations that are an important part of our community life. Explore a few activities that feed your human spirit.  Make a few friends!  You can subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to find out what’s happening.  Membership is open to anyone who’s visited a few times, is willing to make a commitment to helping the Society and its programs continue into the future, and is in general agreement with our principles and values.

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Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
11:00 am
Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural[...]
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am
Presence and Wonder
11:00 am
Instead of buying into the idea that “stuff” will make us and our children happy, we can look to bringing more wonder into our personal and family lives. What would it mean if we focused more[...]
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Sunday Committee Meeting
1:00 pm
Meeting with group responsible for Sunday schedule
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States
4:00 pm
Lucy’s Children is a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities and events that can help us come together[...]
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am
Conflict Is Not Abuse
11:00 am
Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair Guest speaker Sarah Schulman will be speaking about her new book Conflict Is Not Abuse. From intimate relationships to geopolitics, Schulman posits that abdication of our[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
11:00 am
Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural[...]
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 pm
We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing. Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to[...]
Garden Project and Gardening Gatherings @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Garden Project and Gardening Gatherings @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
1:00 pm
Our Garden is receiving attention and you can join the effort! The Permaculture Design class are working on ideas for our grounds.  Gardening Gatherings will begin as routine efforts to get some of us to[...]