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Jan
21
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Intention vs. Impact – Ethical Dilemmas
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

(c) Marek Uliasz | Dreamstime

Some systems of ethics stress intention as what makes an action ethical or not ethical, and some systems stress impact.  We’ll play with some ethical dilemmas that might be assessed differently if we look at intention or impact.  This will be an opportunity to apply ethical thinking to realistic life challenges.

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.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

Jan
28
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: How I Found My Place of Belonging – Farming for Justice
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Karen Washington, a Farmer,  shares how she found her place of belonging, “…as I placed my hands in the soil, I felt a connection, a calling.” As a co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, just north of New York City, they are dedicated to food and farming as tools to mitigate many of the social and economic inequities that we face.  With intention, honest and loving communication, and engaging both rural and urban communities, these farmers/food justice activists  have dedicated their lives to increasing the number of people growing and eating good food. All key to building equity and a strong local food economy.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

Feb
4
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: We Shall Overcome: The Power of Persistence
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

To transform society to honor the human worth of every person, not just those with money and/or power, requires courage, hope, intention, creativity and more.  Also required is persistence.  The civil rights era song, We Shall Overcome, is one expression of the commitment to persist despite odds.

The image of water, over long periods of time, cutting through rock to form rivers, is another expression of the power of persistence.

Our speaker, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on what it takes to persist, sometimes against great odds.

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.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?

Feb
11
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Society Writers Group
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
18
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Missing History: What You Learned That Isn’t True
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, courtesy Library of Congress

History as taught in school, and especially Black History, is either missing a lot of key facts, or distorts them.  Our Society Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce a few of the topics that are still commonly misunderstood or ignored, including why Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, why Anthony Burns matters to American history, and the persistent myth of black Confederate soldiers.

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.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?

Mar
4
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Ethical Heroes: The Goldmark Sisters
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
To celebrate Women’s History Month, and in one of her periodic “ethical heroes” talks, our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce you to some sisters who are not very well-known, but whose lives include some inspiring lessons for us to learn from.
Josephine Goldmark

Josephine Goldmark, from a public domain image

Dr. Jakob Joseph Goldmark and Regina Wehle came to America after the failure of the Austrian Revolution of 1848.  Among their children were four daughters who each made a mark on society:

  • Helen Goldmark Adler, who was not just the wife of Felix Adler (founder of the first Ethical Culture Society) but did her own work on child development;
  • Alice Goldmark Brandeis, married to the jurist Louis Brandeis, who herself worked for often-controversial social reforms;
  • Pauline Goldmark, an early social researcher and activist on behalf of women workers; and
  • Josephine Goldmark, who worked against child labor and for the minimum wage.

Josephine and Pauline were also key in developing the so-called Brandeis brief for their brother-in-law, used in the landmark Supreme Court decision Muller v. Oregon. (A brother, Henry C. Goldmark, was the engineer who designed the locks for the Panama Canal.)

Come hear more about these sisters and consider how their interconnections with many others helped to create some key social reforms in American history.

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.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Mar
11
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Telling My Truth
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Deborah Howard will share from her memoir, Mystery of Memory: Telling My Truth; Standing My Ground, her story as an incest survivor struggling to overcome self-doubt, find her voice and believe in herself. Deborah’s story reveals a personal journey of how families and society actively deny girls and women their voice and invalidate their reality. It parallels stories of other sexual abuse survivors whose truth is denied and whose voices are silenced by society.

DEBORAH HOWARD, Esq., M.S.O.D., founder and President of Guiding Change Consulting, Inc. is a leading organizational consultant, professional certified coach, and author who previously worked as a public interest lawyer. She brings intercultural insight and a passion for social justice to her work as a change catalyst — helping leaders and their teams transform themselves and the world by tapping into their wisdom and creative potential.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?