We call our humanistic Sunday services “platforms.” At the Brooklyn Society, the Sunday platform meets from 11:00am -12:30 pm September through June.
Our Sunday Platform is the weekly convening of our community. We include music, meditation, a presentation on a theme, and an open response period. Platform offers us the gifts of time, space and camaraderie to reflect on how we are living our lives. Through topical talks augmented by music, Platforms aim to inspire a sense of purpose and community.
We meet for the fundamental reasons that people attend any Sunday service:
- To inspire in us a sense of greater meaning and purpose;
- To raise our spirits and feel hope in the possibilities for a better future;
- To strengthen our faith that people are essentially good, competent, loving, and lovable;
- To experience a sense of community (for example, connection, mutual caring, and friendship);
- To gain the spiritual strength and skills to cultivate the best in life.
The speaker will center the platform on a human value, capacity, or principle of Ethical Culture that we can meaningfully apply to our everyday lives. Speakers vary from week to week, and include the Ethical Culture Leaders, various BSEC members, and invited guest speakers. The theme often raises a personal or political question.
A Sunday School for children takes place at the same time. Almost every Sunday, we have a vibrant post-platform potluck and coffee hour together.