Calendar

Jul
30
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Book Club @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
This group is a place where we read and discuss books by black authors.  The result is a discussion which helps us express both personal and systemic acts of racism, privilege, and economic self-interest in the United States.  It is a place to learn and contribute in an emotionally safe environment.
The next Racial Justice Book Group meeting is Monday, July 30th, from 6 – 8 pm on the second floor at BSEC.  The group decided to discuss the introduction and the first chapter, Cotton Mather, from the book, “Stamped From the Beginning” for July.  All are welcome.

Aug
5
Sun
Decolonized Eyes: Embodied Engagement with Experience
Aug 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Decolonized Eyes: Embodied Engagement with Experience @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This platform explores an ethical approach to engaging art for the purposes of justice. In it, we explore strategies for disrupting the colonial gaze when engaging the experiences of people of color as expressed through art.
Elyse Ambrose is a black queer woman.
She is a healing activist, sexual ethicist, and word artist. Her justice work, research, and art lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, and spirituality. Currently, a Ph.D. Candidate at Drew University (Religion and Society, concentrating in Women’s & Gender Studies and African American Studies), Elyse’s desire for her scholarship to impact and be informed by real lives leads to a synergy of theory and practice. She is the Founder and Creative Organizer of phoeniXspark, which offers workshops and retreats that center the experiences of queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) as it creates space for healing of sexual and gender selves. Currently, Elyse serves as a Research Fellow at The Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University. This summer, she will also engage research on 1920s black queer Harlem as a Coolidge Fellow through Auburn Seminary and CrossCurrents.

Issues and Action Circle
Aug 5 @ 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.

Aug
12
Sun
Humanitas: The making of a film and fellowship
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Humanitas: The making of a film and fellowship @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Jé Hooper, our summer intern, and upcoming Ethical Culture Leader, offers a panel discussion with the staff and cast of Humanitas. Join Storäe Michele, the Society’s own black female director, and screenwriter, as she moderates the panel discussion. Get a chance to witness first hand, a perspective on film and simultaneously, a new lens to congregational life within Ethical Culture. How do film and art intersect with congregational life? How does film create and validate fellowship? How does this era of media and arts inform our community and revitalizes the importance of congregation? This is a platform you don’t want to miss.

Issues and Action Circle
Aug 12 @ 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.

Aug
19
Sun
A Writing Workshop for Everyone
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
hand holding pen, writing in book: my values: kindness, compassion, love, respect

(c) Adobe, used with permission

Brooklyn Ethical member Kim Brandon will lead us in a reflection on ethical living, and guide us into writing a short piece that we can then choose to share or not.  This is not just for accomplished writers, but is for anyone who is willing to take an opportunity to explore ethics and relationships in a caring,  supportive community. Please join us!

Kim also leads the Brooklyn Society Writers Group that meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 1 pm.

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
Aug 19 @ 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.

Aug
26
Sun
Music Speaks Louder Than Words
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Consider how music often motivates us to move — and has often been used in social justice work to communicate and motivate in ways that simple words and speeches do not. Join us for a celebration of music and social justice, then and now. Most songs will be an opportunity for you to sing along, if you are willing and able, with a few powerful performance pieces as well.

Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will be joined by musician Lindsey Wilson, an accomplished performer who is also the musician-in-residence at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture and the coordinator for their coffeehouse.

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
Aug 26 @ 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.

Sep
2
Sun
Turning Dreams and Visions Into Reality
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This colloquy, facilitated by Dora Gray, Ph.D., was inspired by the document, A Humanist Manifesto,  originally written in 1933 with revisions occurring in 1973 and 2003. A manifesto is a statement published by a person or group of people, in which they say what their aims and policies are. Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without the element of supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

How many dreams and visions remain dormant within us all both individually and collectively regarding the greater good of all?  Isn’t it time to free those ideas and watch them manifest in a tangible manner?  We embark today on a journey of high-level, lively discussions with a goal of creating viable take-aways to lead you closer to the fulfillment of your desires.

© 2018 Adobe Systems Incorporated. Used with permission.

Dora Gray is a Life Coach and Reiki Master-Teacher practicing in New York City.  She is an author, poet, and musician.  The focus of her work is to assist others in healing mind, body and soul, leading to successful outcomes in all areas of life.  She holds a Master of Education, is a former NYC educator in both public and private sectors, and, and is currently a staff writer for a major NYC agency.  Dora holds a Doctor of Philosophical Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in NYC.  She fuels her work with her passion for writing and music, and empowers others to live their lives in a state of authenticity.  As a member of the BSEC family, she serves as Chairperson of the Ethical Living Committee, and is a member of the BSEC Writers.

A colloquy is an opportunity for sharing ideas and listening to others.  Come join us and feel free to participate!

Issues and Action Circle
Sep 2 @ 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.

Sep
9
Sun
Our Part in This World
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Our Part in This World @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Watch Lily Rivkin’s compelling documentary “Heather Booth: Changing the World ”  about this Chicagoan’s lifelong social activism.   Reflect on the personal, cultural and community-changing  paths we each have taken in this world. Consider reading our founding EC Leader’s powerful short book, Our Part in the World. 

After the film, we will have a short time for reflection and conversation.

Issues and Action Circle
Sep 9 @ 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.

Sep
12
Wed
Enhanced Discussion-
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enhanced Discussion- @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Enhanced Discussion is entering another cycle of talks and exposures around and on the issue of race/racism here and in select other places.  For your calendar, please mark these dates (more details coming soon):

  •  July 11 – Struggles that Impacted: Colonialism Fought
  •  August 8 – Journeys Abroad: Beverly Rohlehr’s Flight and Road Trips to Guyana and Haiti
  • September 12 – Getting the “Civil Rights Movement” Straight with Dorothy Zellner, Phyllis Cunningham and Muriel Tillinghast
  • October 10 – TBA
  • November 14 – Looking Right at the Right: USA and Abroad

Sep
16
Sun
Vision: Repair, Repentance, Renewal
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This month, we’ll be focusing our ethical thoughts on vision.  Repair, repentance, and renewal are part of the practice of intentional imagination and commitment to an envisioned future.   This week opens our new program season for our Ethical Community, and this platform is an excellent time to bring a friend who might be interested in who and what we are.

Any vision for the future also needs to include a vision for how we will express our repentance for the errors we’ve made in the past, for the hurt we’ve caused, for the damage we’ve done.  And then for how we will repair the hurt and damage, and move on to renewal.  We can apply that principle in our personal relationships, and we can apply it to the larger picture.  If we share a vision of every person’s human worth being honored, then seeing what that has not happened and repairing is part of getting to that future we envision.

Jone Johnson Lewis looks at some practical ways we can embody repair, repentance, and renewal in our ethical practice of vision.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.

On this Sunday, at 1 pm we’ll have a special celebration of one of our oldest members.  All are invited.

Ethics for Children Class
Sep 16 @ 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

AnneMarie’s Birthday Celebration
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
AnneMarie's Birthday Celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

On this Sunday, at 1 pm we’ll have a special celebration of one of our oldest members.  All are invited to the 96th birthday celebration for longtime BSEC member/photographer AnneMarie Mogil, featuring an exhibition of photographs selected by the artist from thousands of her photos chronicling seasonal and universal nature in her beloved Brooklyn Botanical Garden, people in the communities she loved,  and NYC skies, buildings and landscapes. All are invited.

Issues and Action Circle
Sep 16 @ 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.

Sep
23
Sun
Is There Room at the Table for … Fascists?
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Group of Family and Friends Eating at a large Dining Table (Day Background)

We often sing a song: “There’s Room at the Table for Everyone.”  But do we need to include those whose values are not only contradictory, but whose values include destroying so much that we hold dear?  Political, personal bullies — what is our attitude towards their “place at the table”?  The short answer may be “no.”  A longer answer would have to consider, “which table?”

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will explore the limits of tolerance and the value of boundaries in creating genuine inclusiveness, whether it’s in a community, a family, or an organization like ours.

And a special treat: music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.

On this Sunday, at 12:30 we’ll be taking a group photo — you’re invited to participate!

Image (c) Adobe, used with permission.

Ethics for Children Class
Sep 23 @ 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