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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
Gift Circle
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Gift Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We will start our second season of a Gift Circle. Some may remember we did this a few years ago and it was loved by many. Bring your gifts, your wants and needs, your gratitude. The process is simple as community gets cultivated through generosity and open hearts.
Will run the third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am to 10:50 in the Library through the year.

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 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 Morning Yoga at BSEC
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $5-$15

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

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 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