Calendar

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.

Jun
1
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Jun 1 @ 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.

Jun
3
Sun
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the [Lorde]
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the [Lorde] @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Happy Pride Month Brooklyn!  Percy Shelley, the renowned England Romantic poet, reminds us that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”  This phrase rings true for writers like Audre Lorde, an Afro-Caribbean lesbian feminist, an award-winning poet. Her poems were acts of radical self-love, truth-telling, and a ‘political warfare’. In lieu of this Pride Month, June 3rd, the Revolutionary Lover, Jé Hooper, Intern Leader for 3 months at Brooklyn Ethical, will share with us a platform of poetic-justice interweaving the life of Lorde and the manifestation of her legislative words as revealed today.  Come share in a word-working experience of change and celebrate the evolution of human sexuality in an unapologetic spirit of Audre Lorde. (Feel free to bring in your favorite Audre Lorde poem or your own.)

June theme: possibility.  What does it mean to be a person of possibility?  What does it mean to be a community of possibility?

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Issues and Action Circle
Jun 3 @ 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.

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
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Jun 8 @ 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.

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.

 

Jun
10
Sun
Open the Door: Possibility and the Human Spirit
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Open the Door: Possibility and the Human Spirit @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

When we honor other people based on the immeasurable idea of worth, rather than on such measures as how they can be useful to us, we create more possibilities for our relationship with the other, for what we might elicit in the other by our actions, and ultimately, in ourselves.  Rather than closing doors, treating others as they might possibly be, and not just as they have been, will open doors for those others and for ourselves.  In this week’s platform talk, Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will explore the ways in which we can open doors to new possibilities in our everyday actions — and in doing so, possibly help create a more humane world.

June theme: possibility.  What does it mean to be a person of possibility?  What does it mean to be a community of possibility?

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Issues and Action Circle
Jun 10 @ 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.

Jun
15
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Jun 15 @ 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.

Jun
17
Sun
Juneteenth: Second Annual Celebration
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Juneteenth: a celebration of liberation

Featured Speaker

Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Arts Consultant, Independent Curator, Art Historian, Author, Professional Artist.  Her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), received was a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Art History. Her research area was the “Presence of African Symbols in Western/Modern Art.”

Come and meet the artist and experience her work, for your viewing pleasures. Available for sale.

DuPrée

Music

“DuPrée’s soaring contralto voice, powerful vibrato and melodious yodeling grip the listener with hope for humanity; her songs evoke the haunting quality of a longing for truth and aninquiry into the different shades of justice.”

Barry Kornhauser was born in the Midwest of the Bronx and presently lives in Brooklyn. He is a composer, arranger, teacher and multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, bass guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments.  He has collaborated with DuPree as an accompanist since the early 90’s.

Refreshments Served

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some great food this week for those who stay.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share — especially, this week, if it’s soul food!

June Theme: Possibility

What does it mean to be a person of possibility?
What does it mean to be a community of possibility?