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Jul
23
Sun
The Differences That Unite Us
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Differences That Unite Us @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

From a poem by Marge Piercy:

… it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.

Earlier this month our interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis talked about “beloved community” including how to do that when we have different group identities that we bring with us. From the beginning, Ethical Culture has emphasized the value of difference, both individual difference and differences that our identity groups bring.

In this talk, with some chance for discussion and interaction, Jone will bring in the value of difference including in our group identities. It’s not a burden we deal with, it’s a gift all bring to community, large and small.  If we were all the same, wouldn’t we each be redundant, unnecessary?  If we pretend that our group identities have no influence on our uniqueness, is that truly respecting a person’s human worth and dignity? Yet if we are different, conflict is inevitable. So how do we stay connected in compassion and respect while honoring our differences?

Fashion and the Arts – PAST, PRESENT AND PEN FUTURE
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fashion and the Arts - PAST, PRESENT AND PEN FUTURE @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Fashion and The Arts™(FATA) in partnership with The Ethical Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC,) invites you to share in the kickoff event for FATA’s new series entitled, Pen to Passion.
Come to enjoy the presentation of three generations of storytellers as they use the power of language to take you on a journey through the ages. Meet 84-year- old world renown storyteller Thelma R Thomas and award-winning TV show host Ketriana Yvonne. Also showcased are a host of other emerging poets from the metropolitan area.
These poets will give you a peek into their artistry using spoken word. Let the imagination of their words renew and regenerate your hope and desires as they represent the Past, Present and Pen Future.
Join us at the eminent BSEC, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 on July 23, 2017, 5p- 8p. Let the art of words speak to your innermost emotions as we continue to create and connect avenues for literary artists with our new series Pen to Passion. Seats are limited.

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 – 6:30 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.

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 – 6:30 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.

Aug
13
Sun
Erosion of Rights
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Erosion of Rights @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In this time and space lives are being threatened. Violence is escalating against immigrants, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. How do we combat this without getting violent ourselves?  Lujira Cooper will speak on this and also on the state of affairs in the LGBTQ community and how it affects everyone.  

Lujira Cooper is a black lesbian feminist, a board member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, and a member of SAGE’s Advisory Council.  A writer, she published her novel “Theft of Trust” and is working on a sequel along with a futuristic book.

 

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

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.