Platform: Wampanoag, a Multigenerational Festival
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform: Wampanoag, a Multigenerational Festival @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This multigenerational festival of appreciation is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time member of Brooklyn Ethical who has been granted permission by Native American elders to perform rituals honoring our earth and its bounty. Through song, dance and story, Remi will lead us in this seasonal favorite for children and adults alike. Open to the public as always.

Please bring a dish to share. Platform meeting is followed by a potluck Lunch With the Bunch, an opportunity to share conversation as well as coffee or tea and food brought by members of the community and guests.

Historical note: The Wampanoag people (Wôpanâak) are a Native American people of Eastern North America.  The traditional settler story of a First Thanksgiving in Massachusetts has been questioned in recent years for its historic inaccuracy, and the later history of the English newcomers and the Wampanoag people left few Wampanoag survivors, loss of most of their land, violation by the English and their heirs of treaties, and loss of self-government powers. Massasoit and his sons Wamsutta (“King Alexander”) and Metacom (“King Philip”) were “sachem” in the 17th century among the Wampanoag people. Today, several Wampanoag communities are federally recognized with rights of self-determination.

Thanksgiving Colloquy on Generosity of Spirit
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Still Life With pumpkin and corn in harvest

Used with permission

Colloquies are an opportunity to come together and to  reflect  in a personal way on a given theme, and may include music, meditation, quotations, and arts activities. Facilitated by Tasha Paley, BSEC Member.


In this post-Thanksgiving colloquy we will  reflect on what generosity of spirit means to  us and what barriers we encounter to experiencing this fully.We will have the opportunity to explore  this theme as we  make our own collages by cutting out  words and /or images from magazines.
This is part of our November theme of abundance.  What does abundance mean to me as a person? What does abundance mean to us as a community?

Sunday Platform Meeting: When Hope Is Hard to Find
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rose in Winter

© Lute Takuvaka | Dreamstime

Some song lyrics come to mind in thinking about this week’s platform talk:  “I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find; and I’ll bring a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.”  “Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows / Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”

Hope in the wintertime — when here in the north, the leaves have fallen, most live trees look at a glance no different from dead trees, live roses no longer delight our eyes on outdoor shrubs, the tulips of spring are far away.  An optimistic person believes that spring will come — literally, and metaphorically.  A hopeful person believes that spring may come — if we do our part.  Cover the rose bushes to protect from a hard freeze, plant the tulips and trim the trees during previous years.

The difference between optimism and hope is that, if we are people of hope, we are doing our part towards the future we believe is possible.  Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis reflects on our monthly theme of hope: what it means to be a person of hope, and what it means to be a community of hope.

Our speaker, Jone Johnson Lewis, is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal and interpersonal transformation.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.