Calendar

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
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

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!

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 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
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
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

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!

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 10 @ 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 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 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
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

Gentle Yoga at BSEC
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am

Our in-house yoga instructor Lea Bender leads this new offering at BSEC geared towards older populations and/or those just starting or returning to a movement practice. Each class will open with a mindful meditation practice followed by gentle, guided movement intended to increase ease in breath and mobility and to keep joints, bones and muscles in optimal health. Physical limitations will be carefully considered with modifications so that everyone will be able to participate. Experience a sense of freedom in the body at any age and learn to work through your daily physical challenges in a relaxed and supportive setting.

WHEN / WHERE:
Every third Sunday 10-10:50 am in the BSEC Library
COST:
Free to BSEC members, open to all (sliding scale $10-$15 for non-members).
Mats will be provided. Please your own small blanket for added comfort.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

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?

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 17 @ 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 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 17 @ 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.