Calendar

Apr
2
Sun
Orientation: About This Community
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
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.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Apr
7
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Apr 7 @ 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.

Apr
9
Sun
Care for the Soul
Apr 9 @ 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!

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 – 6:00 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.

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.