Calendar

Apr
30
Sun
Platform Meeting – Journeys: An Exercise in Dialogue and Reflection
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Journeys: An Exercise in Dialogue and Reflection @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Christian Hayden, Mossler Fellow this year of the American Ethical Union, will lead attendees in an evolving exercise, that explores how we can become more grounded, and leave a space more connected than we entered. Christian will employ techniques of exchange from Ethical Culture’s own colloquy (meditative reflection that uses music), along with Theatre of the Oppressed (an assortment of movement games that explore social justice) techniques. If you want to be a part of this experience, come open minded in comfortable clothes and ready to explore with others.

Christian is a member of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and works as a community educator with a domestic violence organization in Philadelphia. Inspired by the colloquy, Christian sought to bring the technique to communities of color while also expanding the technique to include movement as a means of enhancing dialogue. He spent three years as an Americorps member and completed a year of service in Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps. He looks to expand Ethical Culture with his work as a Mossler Fellow of the American Ethical Union, the umbrella organization of Ethical Societies.

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 30 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

A PLAY BY SUSANA COOK ORIGINAL MUSIC JULIAN MESRI
Suggested Donation (cash only): $20
Partial proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund for children’s ethics classes at BSEC.

Enjoy home cooked Congolese food after the show and learn about efforts to bring absentee ballot voting to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by Magalie Yangala from The Yangala Foundation.

Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts II, originally presented at La MaMa, reveals that the ghosts of totalitarian past and present enter to haunt our stories. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. Thus, immigrants and refugees respond with urgency to resist and survive, creating a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere. Political satire and resistance theater at it’s best.

Written and Directed Susana Cook, featuring: Mattie McMaster, Michael Burke, Drae Campbell, Hector Canonge, Dorrell Clark, Mistah Coles, Susana Cook, Moira Cutler, Michael Freeman, Kathie Horejsi, Marie Christine Katz, Annie Lanzillotto, Hjørdis Linn-Blanford, and Simba Yangala

Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things” – Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Must see – Susana Cook and cast – riveting resistance profound” – Karen Finley, Performance Artist

What a great show – – funny, smart, cathartic, deep, poetic, fun, imagistic, healing – – did I say funny!?!? Susana Cook and her expressive eclectic team of performers have created something wonderful!! An antidote to our discouraging times – – A gift to our wounded world – – A uniquely fun evening! Don’t be the NYC fool that misses this.” – Audrey Kindred, NY Society for Ethical Culture

May
5
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

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 as a society to end racism. We meet to plan our efforts, to learn together, and to share resources and related experiences.

Members of Brooklyn Ethical and their guests are welcome to join us.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children. Non-members are welcome to observe business meetings without direct participation. We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Why Lucy’s Children?  Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

May
7
Sun
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian Kermesse
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian Kermesse @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform:  11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.

Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism.  Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.

Haitian Kermesse: 12 – 7pm
Featuring arts, crafts, food vendors, musicians and entertainers, the Kermesse will include Haitian organizations like Fonkoze US, Neges Foundation and Greenhaiti. Musicians and entertainers sourced through the Haiti Cultural Exchange.

“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program:  2 – 4pm
Co-hosted with The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy as an open session to honor activists, organizers and scholars. The DuBois Bunche Center was founded at Medgar Evers College to empower and cultivate the work of the next generation of scholar activists dedicated to solving the challenges confronting urban communities in the USA and throughout the African Diaspora.

The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.

For more details about Charley Horwitz the event and, for donations and sponsorship, please CLICK HERE.

Ethics for Children Class
May 7 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

May
12
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

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 as a society to end racism. We meet to plan our efforts, to learn together, and to share resources and related experiences.

Members of Brooklyn Ethical and their guests are welcome to join us.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children. Non-members are welcome to observe business meetings without direct participation. We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Why Lucy’s Children?  Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

May
14
Sun
Care for the Soul
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Care for the Soul @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Now more than ever we need to take time out to stop and reflect on our health both mind and body.
We will gather in a circle as a community to listen and speak from our hearts. We will also share a silent meditation together.
These are turbulent times. As we continue the many ways that we support our families, friends and communities, and our country, we also need to create mindful practices of self-care.
Remember to fill your cup in order to share your overflow for the good!

Platform Meeting: “Unbanking”
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Platform Meeting: "Unbanking" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An urgent, absorbing expose–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did

What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high‑net‑worth entrepreneur, and a twenty‑something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.
Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check‑cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us. Banks were once essential pillars of our lives; now we can no longer count on them to do right by us.