Calendar

Apr
27
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Apr 27 @ 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.

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.

Apr
30
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Book Club @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

We meet once a month and bear witness to each other’s expressions about the book as well as our personal experiences.
All perspectives are welcome.
The next book is “Going To Meet The Man” by James Baldwin.  It’s a book of short stories.  We are reading the story called Sonny’s Blues and any others we can fit into our busy schedules.

May
4
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 4 @ 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.

May
6
Sun
“Creation Stories and Creativity”
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Time warp/Universe. Adobe Stock Images, used with permission.Different cultures have very different myths about the creation of the universe and humanity, from Genesis and even earlier stories, through the Big Bang.  These stories help shape the way we think and feel about creativity, the purpose of life, and more.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will tell some myths, and then reflect on their different ideas about how we create and how we live.

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!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

Social Justice and Arts project for teens
May 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Social Justice and Arts project for teens @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Inviting youth, 15 to 20 years old for a Social Justice and Arts project with Koko Gallery.
The youth board will be leading a free workshop and discussion surrounding the ways that our separate narratives and experiences are brought together through our shared environment. Those who participate in this activity will have complete creative control, although prompts are provided as well. The workshop will culminate in a crowdsourced tapestry, that will eventually be displayed at Koko Gallery. Artistic talent is not required to make a meaningful contribution, as the piece is simply a representation of the individuals’ experiences.
Join this teen group this Sunday, May 6th from 11:30 to 12:30 at the library at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/MY13OtkCEgvwIO0T2


This project is co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Ethical Education Committee.

TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
A gathering with Tea from the Middle East

The land we now call the Middle East is truly a melting pot of cultures of the East and the West. Let’s discover how the tea traditions there have been shaped through time while different cultures meet and powers shift. Join us as we appreciate this universal beverage we all share, and discuss the evolving role of culture in the context of globalization. Special guests will join for conversation.

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

May
9
Wed
Enhanced Discussion- # Hacking Racism
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enhanced Discussion- # Hacking Racism @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Darold Cuba and Doug DiStefano, Ph.D.
Co-founders
#HackingRacism focuses on disrupting status quo thinking, ferreting out how it reinforces & replicates resulting in systemic, institutional & structural racism. When people are purposely gathered to focus on these factors, they can, with increased facility,  readily identify and examine the various forms of racism occuring in their everyday lives and at large in the general society.

OK, so let’s meet up and get busy!
All that we are missing is YOU!

May
11
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 11 @ 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.

May
13
Sun
“What Does It Mean to Be a Creative Community?”
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionIs our community a creative community?  What would that mean?  Sure, we have a lot of people around who are poets and artists and who create as individuals.  But what does it mean to be creative as a community? What would we need to do to increase our creativity?  How do we keep our community relevant, buoyant, inspiring, as the world around us changes?

The second Sunday in May is observed in Ethical Culture Societies as Founder’s Day.  In 1876, with a Founding Address, a 24-year-old Felix Adler created a new kind of community.  He wrote, “We cannot adopt the way of living that was satisfactory a hundred years ago. The world in which we live has changed, and we must change with it.”  How do we keep changing? How do we keep our community creativity alive? Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, reflects this Sunday on how we keep creating community.  The ideas also apply to other communities and organizations, not just Ethical Culture Societies.

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!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

May
18
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 18 @ 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.

May
20
Sun
Member Passions
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Member Passions @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
ON SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018  AT 11AM there will be out ANNUAL MEMBER PASSION PLATFORM followed by a POT LUCK PICNIC IN OUR BEAUTIFUL GARDEN AT 12:30PM. ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!

MEMBER PASSION PLATFORM is a time for members and friends of Brooklyn Ethical to share for a few minutes,during platform,  something they love- a passion or hobby. e.g, a song, poem, painting, photos, gardening, meditation,   family activity,  pogo stick jumping , a social justice cause, magic tricks, etc.- Paulette Graf will lead us in a short   meditation, Someone in the past taught us a few words in  sign language, a woman led us in her favorite song. Some of our children in Ethics For Children will be participating too! THE SKY’s THE LIMIT!
We will also have DISPLAY TABLES where, after platform, folks can browse and see what it is some of us have made.
POT LUCK PICNIC– We encourage everyone to bring a dish of some kind so that we can have a resplendent lunch together after platform. Any contribution- whether homemade, gourmet, or from the corner store- will be welcome!
Members and non-members are welcome to participate! Please contact Tasha Paley at <tashapal@gmail.com>  or call her at 917 200 8451 with any questions and/or with your interest in participating in the platform or displaying . Thanks!

Issues and Action Circle
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.

Tea, Trade, Future in Us
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tea, Trade, Future in Us @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Join members of the COOP’s International Trade Education Squad (ITES) as we participate in a monthly TeaXchange at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Come taste tea while we go through the history of tea & Fair Trade and discuss actions consumers can play for change. Live Q&A with Elyse Petersen (International Tea Trade Expert) & growers.
Suggested donation: $20

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

May
25
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
May 25 @ 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.

Megumi & Friends
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Megumi & Friends @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

Border-crossing violinist, Megumi Saruhashi presents Megumi & Friends, an evening of her original compositions at Brooklyn Ethical Culture on Friday May 25th from 8pm. Joining her are Brian Prunka on oud, George Crotty on cello, Zach Lapidus on piano, Dan Kurfirst on percussion. 
Megumi & Friends is where Megumi shares her compositions in her tireless search for finding unity within diversity in people and music. 
Megumi & Friends is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.
Megumi is awarded a Brooklyn Arts funds from Brooklyn Arts Council in 2018 for Megumi & Friends where she shares her compositions in Brooklyn, in her tireless search for finding unity within diversity.
$10

May
27
Sun
Creativity
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images / used with permissionCreativity: Sarah Zahnstecher, an artist and experienced art therapist, will lead a participative program exploring creativity. (Colloquy provides opportunities for each of us to reflect on our own lives in relationship to the topic and listen and learn from one another, within the format of a sharing circle.)

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

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

Issues and Action Circle
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.