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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
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.

 

Oct
22
Sun
Embracing Sankofa: Being Here and There – A Humanist’s Pilgrimage to Ghana
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Embracing Sankofa: Being Here and There – A Humanist’s Pilgrimage to Ghana @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Christian Hayden, member of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and Future of Ethical Societies, will explore his year of service in Northern Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps, using reflections and poetry. Join him as he wrestles with spirituality, identity, and his struggle to find presence and peace with an expanded worldview and a broader definition of home.

Christian Hayden lives in Philadelphia, and is a community educator with a domestic violence organization. He enjoys hip hop, learning languages, and creating reflective spaces.

What does it mean to be a person of courage? What does it mean to be a community of courage?  For October, 2017, we’ll explore this theme in several different ways on Sunday.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 22 @ 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
27
Fri
Newcomer’s Supper
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC. If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.
Join us for an evening of conversation, food and community as we share about our ethical tradition and vibrant society. This will be a great opportunity to hear more about the experiences of our members and find out how your passions connect with BSEC programs and committees.
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (at the library)
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE)
Refreshments and food will be provided.
RSVP below.

 

Click here to RSVP

Oct
28
Sat
Guided tour of National Museum of the American Indian with Evan Prichard
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Guided tour of National Museum of the American Indian with Evan Prichard @ National Museum of the American Indian

Join us for a guided journey through Native American history and culture, with lunch at Fraunces Tavern* and a historical walking tour of Battery Park in Manhattan’s Financial District (*payment not included). Tour Guide: Evan Prichard, Director, The Center for Algonquin Culture, Woodstock, NY Evan Pritchard is a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people (part of the Algonquin nation). Professor of Native American history, ethics and philosophy.
Inquiries: 718-541-9364 or email harrisonrows@gmail.com 
Price: $30
Reserved space will be maintained for those paid in full by October 22, 2017.

 

Oct
29
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: DREAMers, DACA, and Immigration
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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We join hundreds of congregations around the country and with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in a “DREAM Sabbath” standing in solidarity with immigrant youth.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects a mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith  communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

Speaker: Mishal Pahrand, an Assisting Attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON). From the organization’s description: Justice for Our Neighbors is a ministry of hospitality that welcomes immigrants by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights, and offering education to communities of faith and the public.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 29 @ 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

Nov
5
Sun
Orientation: What Is Ethical Culture? Ideas, History, Future
Nov 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Sunday Platform Meeting: What We Need Is Here
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Wendell Berry’s poem “The Wild Geese” talks of “the ancient faith: what we need is here.”   Often, when we dream of a better future, we focus on the gaps between where we are and where we want to be, we focus on our criticisms of the present and on what we don’t have.  That focus can be so discouraging that we don’t act to fulfill our dreams. If we instead focus on what strengths and resources we now have, including within our circle of relationships and community, we are more likely to be able to draw on those strengths and resources, and do what we need to do.  

Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis reflects on our monthly theme of abundance: what it means to be a person of abundance, and what it means to be a community of abundance.

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 and interpersonal transformation.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Ben Silver.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 5 @ 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

TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Aging In Place: The Real Estate Edition
Nov 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Aging In Place: The Real Estate Edition @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Good Neighbors of Park Slope, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Compass Realty Present:
The First of A Series on Aging In Place: The Real Estate Edition.
Please Join Us for a Panel Discussion on
How to Age-In-PlaceWhen to think about selling, moving, renovating? Can I afford to stay in my home? What are my options? What should I be thinking about? Our panel of experts are here to help!To register, please click HERE.

 

Nov
12
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: How Decentralized Social Movements Can Scale and Win
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
People's Climate March New York City 2014

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How do the mass popular social movements of our time, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter, create new opportunities for decision-makers, organizations, and political parties to make political and economic change possible? How can these movements absorb mass numbers of newly politicized individuals in the current political context? What structures of support are necessary? How can they effectively make decisions, communicate and distribute resources? In this session, Tammy Shapiro of Movement Netlab, a think-make-and do tank created by and for activists, will share some of the inner workings of these movements and what is needed in order to win.

Tamara Shapiro is the coordinator of Movement Netlab. Previously she was one of the lead coordinators of Occupy Sandy, the most effective civilian-led relief effort in U.S. history, as well as Rockaway Wildfire and Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives that emerged from it. She was also a lead strategist and facilitator of the InterOccupy network and created and implemented a networked hub structure for The People’s Climate March, the largest climate march in history. She also worked for several years at The Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and was the first director of J Street U. In addition to Movement Netlab, she is currently the Director of Programs of the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives.

This is part of our November theme of abundance.  What does abundance mean to me as a person? What does abundance mean to us as a community?