Sunday Platform Meetings

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, we celebrate 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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The Differences That Unite Us @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Differences That Unite Us @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
From a poem by Marge Piercy: … it starts when you say We and know who you mean, and each day you mean one more. Earlier this month our interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis talked about[...]
Fashion and the Arts – PAST, PRESENT AND PEN FUTURE @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fashion and the Arts - PAST, PRESENT AND PEN FUTURE @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
5:00 pm
Fashion and The Arts™(FATA) in partnership with The Ethical Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC,) invites you to share in the kickoff event for FATA’s new series entitled, Pen to Passion. Come[...]
The Listening Heart @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Listening Heart @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
Please join director and writer Storäe Michele as she celebrates her film, [the listening heart]. Performed with an amazing cast of incredible women of color, this film brings to life an original story grounded in[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Aug 4 @ 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[...]
Divide and Conquer: How to Resist @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Divide and Conquer: How to Resist @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
We value difference and yet difference can be used as a tool to divide. From the beginnings of this country’s history — and of course, in other parts of the world and many times — “divide[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Aug 11 @ 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[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Aug 18 @ 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[...]
Not For Ourselves Alone @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Not For Ourselves Alone @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
“Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” – Marcus Tullius Cicero While humans certainly have a strong tendency towards selfishness and self-interest, we are also social creatures, existing in an interconnected network of other humans and[...]