Calendar

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.

Jan
14
Sun
Colloquy: The Power of Intent
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy: The Power of Intent @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Our colloquy auspiciously falls the day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. An excerpt from “The Meaning of the King Holiday”, written by his wife Coretta Scott King, reads as follows: We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

It is obvious that Dr. King was well versed in the power of intent and he exemplified the meaning thereof. Consider the power of your own intentions. How are your intentions showing up in your daily life? Certainly, you do not have to be a famous world leader in order to evoke positive change in your life and others lives.

The colloquy is facilitated by Dorothea Gray, who is a Life Coach and Reiki Master-Teacher with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. She is an author, poet, and musician. The focus of her work is to assist others in healing mind, body and soul, leading to successful outcomes in all areas of life. She holds a Master of Education, is a former NYC educator in both public and private sectors, and is a currently a staff writer for a major NYC agency. Dr. Gray holds a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in New York City. She fuels her healing work with her passion for writing and music, and teaches and encourages others to live their lives in a state of authenticity. As a member of the BSEC family, she serves as Chairperson of the Ethical Living Committee, and is a member of the BSEC Writers Group.

A colloquy is an opportunity for sharing ideas and listening to others.  Come join us as we reflect on this holiday weekend!

Jan
15
Mon
Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture offers a fun-filled family event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr with African music, drumming and dance, face painting, African crafts and activities, stories, food and costumes. DuPree and Barry Kornhauser (and guests) will perform songs about MLK’s life and Simba Yangala and the dancers from JungleDom will guide children through a relaxed African dance lesson, followed by a performance that welcomes the participation from both, children and adults.
(Doors open at 4 for African face painting and crafts, activities, and costume creation. Performance and African Dance class begins at 4:30)
Ticket prices:
$20 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child.
To purchase tickets using Eventbrite, please click here.

Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes as well as help with our campaign for an accessibility ramp.

Jan
21
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Intention vs. Impact – Ethical Dilemmas
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

(c) Marek Uliasz | Dreamstime

Some systems of ethics stress intention as what makes an action ethical or not ethical, and some systems stress impact.  We’ll play with some ethical dilemmas that might be assessed differently if we look at intention or impact.  This will be an opportunity to apply ethical thinking to realistic life challenges.

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.

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

Ethics for Children Class
Jan 21 @ 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
28
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: How I Found My Place of Belonging – Farming for Justice
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Karen Washington, a Farmer,  shares how she found her place of belonging, “…as I placed my hands in the soil, I felt a connection, a calling.” As a co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, just north of New York City, they are dedicated to food and farming as tools to mitigate many of the social and economic inequities that we face.  With intention, honest and loving communication, and engaging both rural and urban communities, these farmers/food justice activists  have dedicated their lives to increasing the number of people growing and eating good food. All key to building equity and a strong local food economy.

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

Ethics for Children Class
Jan 28 @ 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

Feb
4
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: We Shall Overcome: The Power of Persistence
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

To transform society to honor the human worth of every person, not just those with money and/or power, requires courage, hope, intention, creativity and more.  Also required is persistence.  The civil rights era song, We Shall Overcome, is one expression of the commitment to persist despite odds.

The image of water, over long periods of time, cutting through rock to form rivers, is another expression of the power of persistence.

Our speaker, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on what it takes to persist, sometimes against great odds.

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.

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

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?

Ethics for Children Class
Feb 4 @ 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
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

OOLONG – PERFECT TEA FOR GAIWAN 

Oolong, also called wulong, is one of the six categories of tea. The tasting profile can vary vastly depending on what type of oolong you try.  This workshop is about oolong, about the makings of this tea, about the brewing, about the connections of history, tradition, culture, and people through this tea. Join us for an afternoon of tea and conversation with three amazing oolongs.

 

Feb
11
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Society Writers Group Celebrate Black History Month
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Truth to Power

In telling our truths we illuminate the power in our voices in this present moment and as we guide in the future.

Poets/Writers, Performers include:
Dupree, Gloria Vaughan, Rita “REB” Wilson, Olivia Taylor,  Bisi Ideraabdullah, Robert Gibbons, Kim Brandon,  Ketriana Yvonne, Charles Yates, Starr Davis, Lujira Cooper and Shorai Chitongo

Ethics for Children Class
Feb 11 @ 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

Feb
18
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Missing History: What You Learned That Isn’t True
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, courtesy Library of Congress

History as taught in school, and especially Black History, is either missing a lot of key facts, or distorts them.  Our Society Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce a few of the topics that are still commonly misunderstood or ignored, including why Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, why Anthony Burns matters to American history, and the persistent myth of black Confederate soldiers.

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.

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

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?

Feb
23
Fri
Newcomer’s Supper
Feb 23 @ 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

Feb
25
Sun
Colloquy – Nevertheless They Persisted: The Necessity of Hope
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy - Nevertheless They Persisted: The Necessity of Hope @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
 This Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the interdependence of hope and persistence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Carl Levine, a long-time member of BSEC, is a lawyer who represents unions, workers and progressive organizations, and life-long activist,

Mar
4
Sun
“Ethical Heroes: The Goldmark Sisters”
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
To celebrate Women’s History Month, and in one of her periodic “ethical heroes” talks, our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce you to some sisters who are not very well-known, but whose lives include some inspiring lessons for us to learn from.
Josephine Goldmark

Josephine Goldmark, from a public domain image

Dr. Jakob Joseph Goldmark and Regina Wehle came to America after the failure of the Austrian Revolution of 1848.  Among their children were four daughters who each made a mark on society:

  • Helen Goldmark Adler, who was not just the wife of Felix Adler (founder of the first Ethical Culture Society) but did her own work on child development;
  • Alice Goldmark Brandeis, married to the jurist Louis Brandeis, who herself worked for often-controversial social reforms;
  • Pauline Goldmark, an early social researcher and activist on behalf of women workers; and
  • Josephine Goldmark, who worked against child labor and for the minimum wage.

Josephine and Pauline were also key in developing the so-called Brandeis brief for their brother-in-law, used in the landmark Supreme Court decision Muller v. Oregon. (A brother, Henry C. Goldmark, was the engineer who designed the locks for the Panama Canal.)

Come hear more about these sisters and consider how their interconnections with many others helped to create some key social reforms in American history.

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.

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

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?