Calendar

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?

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 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
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
ALL ABOUT CAFFEINE
Caffeine in tea can sounds really complicated. Let’s gain some basic understanding of it in this workshop. Where it comes from, what effects the caffeine level in tea, how to brew a cup with the tea leave you have to get the caffeine level you need? Come join us for a fun afternoon of tea tasting workshop while you learn. We will taste various teas during the workshop.
Suggested donation: $20

 

Mar
11
Sun
“Telling My Truth”
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Deborah Howard will share from her memoir, Mystery of Memory: Telling My Truth; Standing My Ground, her story as an incest survivor struggling to overcome self-doubt, find her voice and believe in herself. Deborah’s story reveals a personal journey of how families and society actively deny girls and women their voice and invalidate their reality. It parallels stories of other sexual abuse survivors whose truth is denied and whose voices are silenced by society.

DEBORAH HOWARD, Esq., M.S.O.D., founder and President of Guiding Change Consulting, Inc. is a leading organizational consultant, professional certified coach, and author who previously worked as a public interest lawyer. She brings intercultural insight and a passion for social justice to her work as a change catalyst — helping leaders and their teams transform themselves and the world by tapping into their wisdom and creative potential.

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?

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 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

Mar
18
Sun
“Spring Festival”
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

crocuses in snow

Yes, spring is really coming, even if we may still have some snows and cold!

Join us for a multigenerational festival celebrating the Spring Equinox — that time of year when the day and night are in balance.  Lots of activities for kids and adults — be prepared, if you’re over 18, to bring out your inner child.  Weather permitting, some activities will be outdoors.

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

Photo by Irina Volkova / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 18 @ 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

Mar
25
Sun
“Marginalizing the Black Feminist”
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rosie the Riveter

Our platform for the day will be centered around intersectionality, the challenges of  oppressions based on racism in the Women’s Movement.  Nettie Paisley, our speaker, will investigate the historical struggles of inequality for black women from the suffrage movement to the #MeToo movement. She’ll offer strategies to improve the relationship between white and black feminists.

Nettie Paisley has been working with the empowerment of the Black community for over 50 years.  Nettie has a MS degree in Business Education and a BBA in Business Management with a major in Behavioral Science from CUNY’s Baruch College. She is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and holds credentials as an interfaith minister. In her work at the seminary, she worked with prison reform at the Gethsemane Church in Brooklyn. Nettie is a Reiki Master (RMT). She has been an adult education teacher, embodying the importance of humanism and how it relates to the value of needs and well being.  She opened a holistic boutique and wellness center called Southern Comforts in 2002, though gentrification later forced its closing.  She strongly believes all paths lead to One Spirit.  Between the Reiki and the interfaith ministry training, Nettie embraced ethical culture.  She also ran a Sisterhood Empowerment Meditation Center group in Harlem for five years.  Her motto is Good Health is the New Black.  Nettie became a member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in 2005 and was chairperson of the Life and Ethics Committee.  She was also a board member and is currently a friend of the BSEC.

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

Image by Rob Byron / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 25 @ 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

Apr
1
Sun
“Emergence: Where Past and Future Meet”
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionWe are, as living creatures, always in emergence, always changing. The caterpillar builds a cocoon and emerges a butterfly.  What is the moment in between caterpillar and butterfly?  In human life, our futures are shaped by our pasts, but we also have some ability to shape our future.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on that moment between past and future, and how we influence what might emerge.

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.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
8
Sun
“Cultural Continuity and Personal Legacy”
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionThis Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the theme of emergence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
15
Sun
“Emergence: Saying Yes”
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Emergence: Saying Yes" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Being a “yes-man” (or woman) has sometimes been seen as just going along.  Who wants to be part of a group if you always have to agree?  Saying “no” to defend our boundaries is a hard-won lesson for some. Yet, there is another sense of “yes” which is important to our lives.  The emergence of something new at times requires us to have the openness to say “yes” even when we’re not sure of the outcome.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of “yes” — including what “yes” we can find behind that necessary “no.”

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.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 15 @ 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

Apr
22
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Apr 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

Apr
29
Sun
Being a Change Agent with Heart
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Being a Change Agent with Heart @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

How our compassion can emerge for the long haul of a lifetime.

Lucia Gomez is an apprentice with Universal Partnership and an organizer with the Laborers Union. She cultivates her capacity to approach her activism for social change with love and compassion. Universal Partnership promotes the belief that at the heart of sustainable movements must be the beat of sustainable people. Their mission is to provide innovative self-healing tools, life, and leadership skills to support agents of change in sustaining their humanity and the humanity of the communities they serve, by organizing from a place of wholeness. Join us while we hear how Lucia Gomez has been able to bring her whole self to her organizing and help us do more of the same.