Calendar

Nov
19
Sun
Platform: Wampanoag, a Multigenerational Festival
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform: Wampanoag, a Multigenerational Festival @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This multigenerational festival of appreciation is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time member of Brooklyn Ethical who has been granted permission by Native American elders to perform rituals honoring our earth and its bounty. Through song, dance and story, Remi will lead us in this seasonal favorite for children and adults alike. Open to the public as always.

Please bring a dish to share. Platform meeting is followed by a potluck Lunch With the Bunch, an opportunity to share conversation as well as coffee or tea and food brought by members of the community and guests.

Historical note: The Wampanoag people (Wôpanâak) are a Native American people of Eastern North America.  The traditional settler story of a First Thanksgiving in Massachusetts has been questioned in recent years for its historic inaccuracy, and the later history of the English newcomers and the Wampanoag people left few Wampanoag survivors, loss of most of their land, violation by the English and their heirs of treaties, and loss of self-government powers. Massasoit and his sons Wamsutta (“King Alexander”) and Metacom (“King Philip”) were “sachem” in the 17th century among the Wampanoag people. Today, several Wampanoag communities are federally recognized with rights of self-determination.

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 19 @ 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
26
Sun
Thanksgiving Colloquy on Generosity of Spirit
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Still Life With pumpkin and corn in harvest

Used with permission

Colloquies are an opportunity to come together and to  reflect  in a personal way on a given theme, and may include music, meditation, quotations, and arts activities. Facilitated by Tasha Paley, BSEC Member.

 

In this post-Thanksgiving colloquy we will  reflect on what generosity of spirit means to  us and what barriers we encounter to experiencing this fully.We will have the opportunity to explore  this theme as we  make our own collages by cutting out  words and /or images from magazines.
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?

Dec
3
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: When Hope Is Hard to Find
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rose in Winter

© Lute Takuvaka | Dreamstime

Some song lyrics come to mind in thinking about this week’s platform talk:  “I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find; and I’ll bring a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.”  “Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows / Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”

Hope in the wintertime — when here in the north, the leaves have fallen, most live trees look at a glance no different from dead trees, live roses no longer delight our eyes on outdoor shrubs, the tulips of spring are far away.  An optimistic person believes that spring will come — literally, and metaphorically.  A hopeful person believes that spring may come — if we do our part.  Cover the rose bushes to protect from a hard freeze, plant the tulips and trim the trees during previous years.

The difference between optimism and hope is that, if we are people of hope, we are doing our part towards the future we believe is possible.  Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis reflects on our monthly theme of hope: what it means to be a person of hope, and what it means to be a community of hope.

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 Barry Kornhauser.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Dec 3 @ 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
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
What is tea? In a world as complicated as our human society, tea has been processed, marketed and sold in many ways against what tea is. Tea is a fascinating world in itself. Let’s go to the basics, sort out some nouns and verbs and then you can start your own exploration.
The theme for December’s gathering is:
The makings of tea – Yellow Tea.
Why is it rarely listed? We should know more about it. Appreciate the tea-making craftsmanship through in-depth look at the different stages of making yellow tea. Taste two major categories of yellow tea.

 

Dec
10
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: The Declaration of Human Rights Today
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Platform Meeting: The Declaration of Human Rights Today @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
In this time of chaos can we individually and collectively uphold the rights of all? Do we do this in our daily lives with those we deem “less than?” As ethical people (spiritually and professionally) are we doing all we can to bring out the AWESOME nature of all and of ourselves? Questions to consider while we challenge the acts of those we deem outside of us.
 
Presentation by Lujira Cooper.
As a writer she has over twenty years of experience which includes writing for the Daily Challenge, New York’s only black daily newspaper, and two jazz newsletters Pumpkins Patches and Jazz 966. Yearly she reads at SAGE midtown’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.  At SAGE’s annual gala she was the “constituent speaker.” She’s on the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Society and sits on SAGE midtown’s Advisory Council where she volunteers in the cyber center and runs a weekly play shop for writers. She is a member of Brooklyn Writers and outgrowth of the Brooklyn Society.

Ethics for Children Class
Dec 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

Dec
17
Sun
Winter Solstice – “I see the light in you.”
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am
Ethics for Children Class
Dec 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

Dec
24
Sun
Kwanzaa: A Colloquy on the Seven Principles
Dec 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Kwanzaa:  A Colloquy on the Seven Principles @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Kwanzaa is a 7-day holiday, December 26 – January 1, originally created in the 1960s by Maulana Karenga as both a humanistic alternative to Christmas, and an explicitly African American holiday. Karenga later evolved his idea to being an addition, not necessarily an opposition, to Christmas, and Karenga has encouraged diverse groups to celebrate, still honoring how the principles are rooted in African and African American culture and history. In this colloquy, led by BSEC members, we’ll reflect together on the principles, learn a bit about the holiday if it’s new to you, and share a potluck meal afterwards. You’re encouraged to bring a dish inspired by African, African American or African Caribbean cultures if you can do so.

Dec
31
Sun
One Year At a Time – Colloquy at Year’s End
Dec 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

(c) Vaclav Volrab | Dreamstime

This colloquy is planned to offer participants the opportunity to use music, collage, participatory and meditative methods to reflect upon and share some of the experiences and meanings offered us by this past twelve tumultuous and ethically challenging months. Those who want to venture into 2018 planning, are offed a simple method in personal planning they can take home to complete.

And later, at evening, you are all welcome to BSEC New Year’s EVENING through MIDNIGHT New Year’s celebrations for all ages.

Lisel Burns, facilitator of this colloquy, was a clergy leader at the BSEC from 1990-2008. During that time she also facilitated events on five continents that brought major grassroots women community leaders together to exchange mutual support, learning sand best practices, through Neighborhood Women and then www.Huairou.org which continues today in 50 countries. Presently she operates an informal guesthouse at her house in Park Slope donating 30% of guest fees to a partner project in Leogane Haiti, NegesFoundation.org. Neges is a longtime partner of BSEC Ethical Action, founded by former BSEC Board member Yoleine Gateau, who spends ten months there each year.

New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve on the Park @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.
View the fireworks from the garden. Enjoy a campfire with mulled cider, homemade Cha Cha Chili, snacks, beer, wine and champagne cocktails. Dancing with DJ Lobotomy Copter.

Tickets include one food ticket, two drinks and 1 free glass of champagne at midnight.
$40 advance purchase
$50 at the door.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).
To buy tickets, please click here.

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Prospect Park Board Gaming Club.

Jan
7
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Living With Intention
Jan 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

What are your intentions for this New Year?  An intention is different from a resolution.  An intention is about how you want to be, rather than what you will do.  Of course, intention affects action.  What kind of person do you want to be, to align your words, values, and actions?

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 Barry Kornhauser.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

Ethics for Children Class
Jan 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 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

Jan
10
Wed
Text Activism Workshop with Oliver Butler
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Text Activism Workshop with Oliver Butler @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Two hour text activism workshop with Oliver Butler, a fellow Brooklynite who helped Doug Jones win in Alabama from his mobile phone! Members and friends of BSEC can bring their laptop and devices to his workshop where everyone will become experts in multiple texts and activism platforms, becoming powerful daily texters who can deploy for big campaigns, rallies and social action.

Jan
13
Sat
Rikers: Film, Panel, and Discussion
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 – The film “Rikers” will be shown at BSEC from 1pm to 4pm and it is free to the public.  A small panel with former inmates and activists will be present to answer your questions.  Plus you’ll have an opportunity to connect with organizations who are working actively on jail reform and transformation issues.

In the growing awareness of mass incarceration of Men and Women of Color, we are coming together to see, hear and determine where we go from here.
  • Rikers is a 10 unit complex on 400 acre island housing men, women and adolescents in separate facilities.  It ranks among the largest jail facilities in the country both in size and population.  Seventy-seven thousand (77, 000) circulate through its system annually.
  • It is overpopulated, conditions are crowded.  It is violent place.
  • This film captures much of what is wrong with jail, this bottom step in the sprawling prison system.  By coming together and examining some of the problems, we will gain insight and, maybe, answers

This meaningful afternoon is being presented by Lucy’s Children, the racial justice group at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.