Calendar

Sep
8
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sep
10
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: To be Human Is to Belong
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Platform Meeting: To be Human Is to Belong @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are social beings, and one of the most basic of human needs is to belong. We may have different strengths of that need from person to person and at different times of our lives, but we all need to feel we belong somewhere. We want to be part of something greater than ourselves. Seeking a sense of belonging is a very strong human motivation. The need to belong can sometimes motivate acts of cruelty to those outside the circle of belonging. How do we fulfill our own need to belong in ways that are ethical? How do we welcome others into our circle of belonging?

Our speaker, Jone Johnson Lewis, is the Interim Clergy Leader of the Society.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Sep 10 @ 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 1 to 12 years old 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

Sep
13
Wed
CANCELLED – Enhanced Discussion: The Great Dismal Swamp – American Maroons
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CANCELLED - Enhanced Discussion: The Great Dismal Swamp - American Maroons @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Please note that due to the hurricane, our guest for this event will not be able to attend, so Enhanced discussion is canceled for this month. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Enhanced Discussion presents Professor Daniel O. Sayers, Historical Archaeologist Chair, Department of Anthropology, American University Washington, D.C. and author of:  A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. 2014. (Second, paperback edition, 2016).

Those who could ran away. Untold numbers went into the swamp to get away from the cruelties of slavery. Once over a million acres, the Great Dismal Swamp was almost impenetrable. With this action, slaves exhibited grit, a keen resolve and an ironclad will to survive.

Here on the border of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina was a place so environmentally hostile and brutal that it was preferred to the barbarous and sadistic patterns of slavery. Pursuit of runaways never went deep into these recesses. Maybe it was assumed that the escapees would die anyway.

Like the quilombos of Brazil and the deep, upriver settlements in Guyana, the Great Dismal Swamp was a refuge from slavery’s terror. It was actively used from the earliest times until the Civil War. For the enslaved and historical truth-seekers, this is one of the stories in our history that must be told.

 

Sep
15
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Sep 15 @ 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.

Sep
17
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Sep 17 @ 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 1 to 12 years old 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

Oct
1
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Brave Space and Tough Conversations
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Platform Meeting: Brave Space and Tough Conversations @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What does it take to have tough conversations where we know that we may have disagreements, make mistakes, be misinterpreted, risk being wounded or cause wounds, not be perfect? What agreements do we need in order to call each other to more, deeper, and courageous truth and compassion? Without tough conversations, we stay stuck and fail to grow and learn. Without brave space, tough conversations just don’t happen very often. Jone Johnson Lewis, our Interim Clergy Leader, offers some insights from communication practices, research, and experience.

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/interpersonal transformation.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 1 @ 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 1 to 12 years old 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

Oct
6
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Oct 6 @ 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.

Oct
8
Sun
Colloquy: Exercising Courage
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy: Exercising Courage @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
“Life calls us to be courageous and we have probably answered that call in small or large measure over the course of our lives. How do you define courage? How are you now or have you been courageous? What is the line you’d like to have the courage to step over?  How can a community be courageous and support its members to be likewise?  You are invited to join us as together we explore courage.”
Diane Kirschner is a long-time member who has held many lay-leadership roles within BSEC, including ceremonies officiant. She was a staff member of the American Ethical Union (AEU) lay leadership summer school from 2008-2016. She is a communications coach, supporting individuals and couples in finding satisfying ways to communicate and connect with themselves and each another (kirschnerconsulting@gmail.com).  She also works with  blindspotexperience.com, as a facilitator of conversations to build skills to confront racism. 

 

Oct
13
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Oct 13 @ 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.

Oct
15
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Courage for the Resistance…and the Relationships
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Platform Meeting: Courage for the Resistance...and the Relationships @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Many of us are engaged in social justice work, or political action, seeking to change the recent direction of our country. How do we maintain hope and build up our bravery for that work? And, at the same time, how do we stay true to our Ethical Culture principles that affirm the worth of every person? Can we fight for justice without fighting each other (not a rhetorical question!)?

Amanda Poppei serves as the Senior Leader at the Washington Ethical Society, a humanist congregation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale University and Wesley Theological Seminary, Amanda is one of the co-founders of the Humanist Clergy Collaboratory. Amanda incorporates social justice work into her leadership; she has served on the city-wide strategy team for the Washington Interfaith Network and is a member of Faith Strategies.

 

Oct
19
Thu
Leadership at BSEC Workshop
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Leadership at BSEC Workshop @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Please join us for the first in a series of workshops designed to develop and support leadership at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. We will share BSEC tools, procedures, and guideposts for:

  • creating and leading programs, events, and committees
  • facilitating groups that ensure all voices are heard and use conflict constructively
  • managing logistics, outreach, and communication
  • representing BSEC to the larger community and forming alliances

Please click HERE to register.