Calendar

Mar
26
Sun
Platform Meeting – Reproductive Rights 2017
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Statue of Liberty

Image (c) Jone Johnson Lewis

The current landscape: anti-choice lawmakers in the White House, Congress and state legislatures across the country attempting to dismantle reproductive rights and access. These changes target those populations that are already marginalized in our society, including women of color and low-income individuals.

The speaker will focus on what the reproductive rights and justice movements look like in 2017 and what we are fighting for. She will discuss the importance of state and local action to protect reproductive rights and health, and what we all can do this year to help pass meaningful state legislation that will advance abortion rights and contraceptive access in New York State.

Emily Kader

Emily Kader, Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund

Emily Kadar is the Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund. In that role, she lobbies for proactive, pro-choice policy in New York State and City and manages the organization’s electoral activity. Prior to joining the National Institute in 2012, Emily was part of the federal government relations team at the Center for Reproductive Rights and organized young activists as a National Campus Organizer at the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 26 @ 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.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Brooklyn Society Writers
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Apr
2
Sun
Orientation: About This Community
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Orientation: About This Community @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

For those new to the community, considering membership, or who’d like to review or get the newest updates.  Our President, Rebecca Lurie, will lead a presentation on how the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture works: our structure, how to get things to happen, how to get your voice and ideas heard and get involved in sustaining this community into the future.

Platform Meeting – Transforming Anger
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Transforming Anger @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Every emotion, including anger, is part of our personal natural alarm system. Anger is a kind of human wisdom, warning us of a threat or of injustice. If we ignore, dismiss, or suppress our anger, we’ll miss that wisdom, and do measurable physical damage to our own bodies. If we act while angry, we may make the situation we’re facing even worse.  In this talk, we’ll explore how ideas from religion and philosophy and science can help us to transform anger into the kind of action that will bring real transformation to our lives and our world. With Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 2 @ 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.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Apr
7
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Hello BSEC Members and Friends,

We have launched 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 will meet the first three Fridays of each month from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

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.

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.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Apr
9
Sun
Colloquy: Transformation
Apr 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy: Transformation @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In a polarized nation, these are difficult times. Under what circumstances do people really open to a shift or even transformation of their perspective?

The founders of the Ethical movement had a dream of Ethical Culture Society members equipping themselves to be agents of moral transformation – building their own capacities to act in ethical ways toward the common good, and encouraging their colleagues and neighbors to do the same.

Today we can participate in our own capacity building for the sake of the larger good, by learning and sharing tools of communication that foster not simple agreement, but the capacity for transformation of both  our own and others perspectives.

Join Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita, in a colloquy dedicated to sharing our experience with tools of transformation. Feel free to bring your own experiences and tools to share.

 

Brooklyn Society Writers
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Apr
14
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Hello BSEC Members and Friends,

We have launched 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 will meet the first three Fridays of each month from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

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.

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.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Apr
16
Sun
Platform Meeting – Liberation, Sacrifice, Rebirth, Transformation
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Liberation, Sacrifice, Rebirth, Transformation @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What can ethical humanists make of the Christian story of sacrifice and the Jewish story of liberation, and other religious stories centered on spring?  Each has a different way of expressing a concept of birth, renewal, transformation.

Frances Beal, in 1969, wrote an essay on the topic of “to be black and female.”  In that essay, she identified the turning point of sacrifice — the point that differentiates the healthy sacrifice that is an important part of the human life journey, and the unhealthy part, that sacrifices others for the sake of the few.  She said, “To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day life patterns.”

Many have asked what values you’d be willing to die for. Brooklyn Ethical’s interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis. challenges us to think about what values we’d be willing to live for.

 

Apr
21
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Hello BSEC Members and Friends,

We have launched 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 will meet the first three Fridays of each month from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

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.

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.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Apr
23
Sun
A Poetry Reading- Your Silence Will Not Protect You.
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
A Poetry Reading- Your Silence Will Not Protect You. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In honor of National Poetry Month
The Brooklyn Society Writers
Presents
Your Silence Will Not Protect You.”

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. –  Audre Lorde

Please join us as a dozen Brooklyn poets lend their voices to share the promise of hope, the power of love and now, more than ever, the power of standing up and being counted!

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 23 @ 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.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Brooklyn Society Writers
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

In Our Backyard (a free movie screening)
Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In Our Backyard (a free movie screening)

Winner of the best feature documentary of the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in 2016, In Our Backyard follows the emotional experiences of three recent survivors of sex trafficking in Brooklyn and how aid organizations, law enforcement agents and politicians are able to affect change in this silent epidemic.
By viewing you can join the survivors and help raise awareness to make sex trafficking prevention a reality in your backyard.
Afterwards there will be Q&A with the filmmaker Danielle Rose, Survivor Advocate Iryna (featured in the film), and ECPAT USA Director Carol Smolenski. Anneke Lucas will also be present, you can support her campaign to change legislation to protect victims of sex trafficking.
To RSVP, please click HERE

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.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

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