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Jul
30
Sun
The Listening Heart
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Listening Heart @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 Mayan and Yoruba cosmologies. The protagonist Ix Chel originated from collaborative conversations with Edyka Chilomé, as a child healer learning the word love. Through embodied poetry, song and dance, we uplift the feminine divine and investigate the ways we communicate the meaning of love to our youth. We’ll follow the film with some time for discussion and conversation.

This film features dynamic individuals: Jadele McPherson, Shantez Tolbut, Jaguar Mary X, Kevonnie Shelton, Cocoa Sarai, Jaye Watts, Alexandria Johnson, Esperanza Lin, Medina Ouida, Kay Lowry, Tamara Dumay Murad, and Jazmin Peralta–who are exceptional artist, performers, entrepreneurs, mothers, activists, singers, songwriters, dancers, poets, & educators. Brilliant avant garde make-up design by Janis Crespo.This piece is beautifully captured by our dynamic cinematographer Cspinfilms Chris Gman. Powerful program production by sacred arts activist, Je’ Hooper, founder of FrequencyHouse productions. Soulful & rhythmic sound production by Ony Irv.

storäe michele, [known by her ancestors as Michele Stanback] is an artist, art therapist, eco-feminist, writer, director and educator of ten years. As an Interdisciplinary M.Div. graduate of Union Theological Seminary, storäe infuses the arts into theological inquiries–exploring rituals, and breathing new life into sacred spaces for meaningful reflection. Her first film [the listening heart], is performed with an amazing cast of incredible women of color, bringing to life an original story grounded in Mayan and Yoruba cosmologies. Through embodied poetry, song and dance, she uplifts the feminine divine and investigates ways we communicate the meaning of love to our youth. storäe is committed to the sharing of these stories with woman of color as subject—[re]mythologizing and unearthing the narratives of our ancestors.
 

Aug
4
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Aug 4 @ 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.

Aug
6
Sun
Divide and Conquer: How to Resist
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Divide and Conquer: How to Resist @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 and conquer” was a strategy of the powerful to keep others from challenging their power.  Systemic racism, built on a strategy of “divide and conquer,” is a key example.

The answer won’t be to act as though differences don’t exist. Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will draw some lessons from history, neurobiology, and community organizing to address how we honor and respect difference while we resist and transcend tactics of “divide and conquer” including our own tendencies to say “this injustice is more real than that one is” or even “we can’t address that injustice until we are done fixing this other injustice.”

 

Aug
11
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Aug 11 @ 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.

Aug
18
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Aug 18 @ 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.

Aug
20
Sun
Not For Ourselves Alone
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Not For Ourselves Alone @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

“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 the rest of the natural universe.  To be concerned with others is also a natural tendency, and, in Ethical Culture, we acknowledge that acting on such concerns is part of developing our own full personhood.

Some varieties of humanism have been mostly concerned with self-development and self-culture, ignoring or even dismissing social justice. Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis explores some of the values and challenges in building interconnected community and acting for social justice, moving from a narrow self to a wider sense of self and others.

 

Sep
1
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Sep 1 @ 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.

Sep
8
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sep
15
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Sep 15 @ 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.