Calendar

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?

Ethics for Children Class
May 6 @ 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

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
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?

Ethics for Children Class
May 13 @ 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

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!

Ethics for Children Class
May 20 @ 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

Issues and Action Circle
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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
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
Issues and Action Circle
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

Jun
3
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Jun 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

Issues and Action Circle
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

SOLD OUT – TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SOLD OUT  - TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!
SUMMER BREWS.
Mark JUNE 3RD, 24pm in your calendar! This is the last one before we resume the program in Sep!
Come celebrate what tea has brought us and let’s share some special moment before we heading into summer!
Guqin artist from 7’s Art will join us with some remarkable tunes from the old time. We can step into the garden for tea if weather is permitted. Would love to see everyone there! If you have one or two teas you would love to share, we will have a market at the end that you can exchange teas.
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

 

Jun
8
Fri
Book Launch —Mating in Captivity: A Memoir
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Book Launch —Mating in Captivity: A Memoir @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
What would you do if you discovered that the world you’d bet your life on was really just a story?
In 1999, fresh out of Harvard, Helen Zuman set out on a quest for meaning, belonging, and skills not taught in school. She wound up at Zendik Farm, which promised all of this, plus exclusive access to the secrets of building a completely honest romantic partnership. It took her six years to realize that Zendik was a cult, not a revolutionary new culture—and another twelve to compost the experience into Mating in Captivity, a memoir rich with revelation and insight.
Please join Helen at BSEC on Friday, June 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M., for her book’s Brooklyn launch—featuring incisive questions from Wall Street Journal columnist Anne Kadet; light refreshments (including homemade chocolate); book sales and signings; and plenty of time for convivial mingling. You may RSVP via Facebook, or by sending Helen an email (madgelma@hotmail.com).

 

Jun
9
Sat
BSEC Growth Workshop (for members)
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
BSEC Growth Workshop (for members) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

For members of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Are you interested in more people finding the Brooklyn Society and becoming members? Are you wanting to make it easier for new people to find the Society, and then to connect with the Society and become part of the community? Do you have some vision about what this Society could be like?

It’s a lot easier to do the publicity and programming to help new people find us, if we know what and who we’re aiming for. Who are the next 100 members? What do they need?

The good news is that you don’t have to have a crystal ball to answer these questions. Each of us has some of the wisdom, vision, and creativity we need to develop a more strategic outreach and member development effort.

And yes, YOU are one of the people who has a share of that wisdom, vision, and creativity, whether you’ve thought about membership growth and future planning or not! YOU are invited to be part of this day.

Saturday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Library (2nd floor), the Membership Development Committee is hosting a workshop where our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will guide us through some proven structured brainstorming and creativity exercises, as we envision the Society’s growth and what it will take to get there.

A light lunch will be provided. Please register by June 7 so we have enough food.
To register, please click HERE. 
Unfortunately, we don’t have the space that day to provide child care.