Calendar

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

May
5
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 5 @ 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.

May
7
Sun
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian lunch with featured Guest Aldon Morris
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian lunch with featured Guest Aldon Morris @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform:  11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.

“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program:  2 – 4pm
The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy & The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture co-host a special awards program and teach-in*
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills”
Program will honor local activists, organizers, and scholars, who will lead a discussion about ‘leveling up’ our organizing methods and opportunities.

Featuring: Dr. John Flateau, Professor Aldon Morris, Rebecca Lurie, Joey Pressley, Sister Bisi, Greg Todd, Elvira Basevich, Nola Asantewaa, Mark Winston Griffith among others.
Celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and share the passion and commitment of community organizers.
Please RSVP by clicking HERE

Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism.  Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.

The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.

For more details about Charley Horwitz the event and, for donations please CLICK HERE.

Ethics for Children Class
May 7 @ 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

May
12
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 12 @ 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.

May
14
Sun
Platform Meeting: “Unbanking”
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Platform Meeting: "Unbanking" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An urgent, absorbing expose–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did

What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high‑net‑worth entrepreneur, and a twenty‑something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.
Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check‑cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us. Banks were once essential pillars of our lives; now we can no longer count on them to do right by us.

Ethics for Children Class
May 14 @ 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
May 14 @ 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.

May
19
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 19 @ 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.

May
21
Sun
Deed Before Creed: Embodying Our Values
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Deed Before Creed: Embodying Our Values @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In Ethical Culture, people have long said “deed before creed” — our unity is based on doing, not believing.  Of course what we believe will influence what we do, but when we say “deed before creed” we are saying that the final assessment of our values is in what actions they inspire.  Show, don’t tell, people what your values are. BSEC’s Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will take a look at some of the ways that we as individuals and as a community can better embody our values in times when so many are at risk.

Ethics for Children Class
May 21 @ 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

May
24
Wed
An Evening with William Loren Katz
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening with William Loren Katz

The man, his works and time: Teacher, Lecturer, Writer

The country was in the fray of virulent anti-Communist McCarthyism when William Loren Katz started teaching high school in 1955. “In American history…, African Americans were completely absent, or were portrayed as happy under slavery and bewildered by freedom. I began bootlegging material into the classroom…that revealed the role of black people in American history.”  His research challenged textbooks and especially his students’ prior knowledge.

Sponsored by: Enhanced Discussion – Ethical Action Committee – Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Author of 40 books and numerous articles. Limited book sale on site.

 

May
28
Sun
Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose (Colloquy)
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose (Colloquy) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

With Tasha Paley, facilitator
Come join us for a colloquy which focuses on the notion of an ethical will- of ways to pass on to family, friends, and community our legacy of values and wisdom. Legacy is more than what we leave behind. It is how we live our lives as we wish to be remembered.
An ethical will is not a legal document; it does not distribute your material wealth. It is a heartfelt expression of what truly matters most in your life.
Think about what values and lessons you would want to pass on were you to write an ethical will. Visualize, too, how you would like your own memorial to be.
A colloquy invites us to gather in a circle, share with and listen to one another in a program laced with music, meditation, poetry and reflection.

Brooklyn Society Writers
May 28 @ 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.

Jun
4
Sun
Member Passion Platform
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Member Passion Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Come share a passion of yours with us. e.g,  sing a song, show your art work, read a poem, play something on your musical instrument; tell us about a work project that you are passionate about; a hobby you are learning; a family memento; a new skill that thrills you!
The sky’s the limit!
Members and non-members are welcome to participate! If interested, or curious, Contact Tasha at <tashapal@gmail.com or call her at 917 200 8451

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 4 @ 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