Calendar

Oct
14
Sun
Charley Horwitz Platform
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Charley Horwitz Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Charley Horwitz Platform celebrates community building through peaceful resolutions, activism, and inclusion. The annual event is named for the late BSEC president Charley Horwitz.

The celebration kicks off at 11am at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture! Join us for our special platform commemorating the life and work of Charley Horwitz, and participate as we highlight our common ideals of community, activism, and inclusion. Then stay for a special reception (light snacks and drinks served).

KEYNOTE: DR. ROBYN SPENCER

DR. ROBYN C. SPENCER is a historian and expert on social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. She teaches survey and seminar courses on African American Heritage, Civil rights and Black Power, and Black women’s history as an Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Keynote speech followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Spencer

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Spend the afternoon meeting other organizers, activists, and supporters in the movement for inclusive communities, ethical living, and mindful connection with our neighbors.

YOUTH EVENTS

Young people (13 years to 25 years) are welcome to participate in activities promising to broaden an understanding of social justice, and encourage your natural activism.

Sessions led by Ethical Education instructors and volunteers

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Children (12 years and younger) and their parents will enjoy entertaining, enlightening, and educational activities with authors and illustrators, including readings and learn-to-draw workshops.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 14 @ 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
Oct 14 @ 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.

Oct
19
Fri
Prospect Concerts
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Prospect Concerts @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Tomas Rodriguez has developed a unique repertoire for solo guitar performance that is rooted in his ancestry and guided by the diverse styles of music that have inspired him. Rodriguez’ own compositions, as featured on his new recording “Ruminations,” emerge from his diverse musical inspirations, including original Brazilian choros, Venezuelan waltzes and amenco granainas. He is joined by Urbano Sanchez, percussion, and Barry Kornhauser, cello and a few surprise guests TBA.

It’s hard to describe the music of Miwa Gemini. The songs are soaked in a whiskey barrel that’s a hundred years old, dried o on the balcony of an apartment somewhere in 1920s Paris, then polished by the hustle and bustle of New York City. Their unique blend of watertight harmony is accompanied by a simple, yet intricate, instrumentation and their infectious melodies will have you smiling in no time.
For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ProspectConcerts

 

Oct
21
Sun
Sanctuary: Finding and Making a Safe Harbor
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sanctuary: Finding and Making a Safe Harbor @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

As human beings, we seek and create sanctuary — places or groups of refuge, belonging, acceptance, meaning.We are, as humans, community-seekers.  What makes a community both meaningful and a safe harbor, and what can we do to make our own communities more meaningful — including  but not only this Society for Ethical Culture?

“Sanctuary” and “holy ground” are similar ideas (sanctuary derives from a root word meaning “holy”).  What is our holy ground? The place where all can meet to seek “the highest” — which for us in Ethical Culture, means important ideals and values.

“A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” – Yehuda Berg

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, is our speaker.

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

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 21 @ 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
Oct 21 @ 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.

Oct
28
Sun
Can I Be Black and Humanist? A Continuing Conversation on Race, Faith, and Identity
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Can I Be Black and Humanist? A Continuing Conversation on Race, Faith, and Identity @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Christian Hayden, member of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, took a humanism pilgrimage to Ghana 2015 – 2016 where while serving, he engaged with ideas on what it meant to be humanist and black. But before that he had already begun a journey reconciling his blackness within the context of living in the Brooklyn’s East New York and Philadelphia’s Southwest communities, and the greater world around him.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 28 @ 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
Oct 28 @ 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.

Nov
4
Sun
This Thing Called YOUth: The value of transparency and authenticity in working with youth.
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This Thing Called YOUth: The value of transparency and authenticity in working with youth. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Today more than ever, youth are finding it difficult to measure up to society’s expectations of achievement and self-promotion. This age of technology, social media and free information can inform, as well as injure.  While it’s easy for youth to educate themselves on the Internet, it’s also as easy for them to get overwhelmed and misled by claims to fame by their peers on social media. At a time of adolescence where the need to, either boldly stand out, or fit in feels necessary, many youth fall victim to anxiety, isolation and depression instead.

As we send youth out into the world It become more and more important to give them opportunities to gain a sense of who they are, what grounds them, what lifts them, and what skills and tools can they use to navigate their unique personality and identity in life.  They need us to be transparent as role models and authentic about what our experience taught us in life.

Gena Jefferson, Founder and Executive Director of JAIA: Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, shares how we can lay the foundation for promoting self-awareness and self-efficacy in today’s youth.  


Gena C. Jefferson, LCSW, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Life Coach, Performer.

After serving 22 years in the NYC Public School system as a Teacher and Social Worker, Gena founded her private practice Psychotherapy and Consulting Company GJefferson Counseling Svcs. Also, within that same year, 2010, she founded “JAIA: Just As I Am Youth Empowerment”.

JAIA is a personal and spiritual development leadership program for teens and young adults ages 13-24.  JAIA’s mission is to empower youth/young adults towards self-mastery, service & leadership through the use of Universal Life Principles and Mindfulness techniques, for the purpose of encouraging mental health & promoting positive youth development.

Gena has Master Degrees, in Special Education, Educational Administration and Social Work from varied institutions. She was ordained by the Interfaith Council of New York, and holds a Certification in Spiritual Life Coaching from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development.

Gena is passionate about creating environments where people feel safe, empowered and free to express their individuality and to live their very best life!

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 4 @ 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
Nov 4 @ 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.

Nov
11
Sun
Memory: Re-Membering the World
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Memory is a strange experience. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead, we store bits and pieces of the experience, and our minds construct what we call a “memory” in the moment of remembering — or re-membering, putting the pieces back together in a story that serves this moment.   Memory, including our personal history, is constantly being re-membered. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.

The same is true of social memory, whether it’s culture or history. We have been taught, perhaps, that history is about what happened long ago.  But here too, we re-member what happened — we patch together a story that hangs together well (or not) and that informs us for the future.  Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.   As one example: what stories are we telling this week about our country, the election?  Which re-membering will serve to heal the world, to serve goodness?

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of how we construct memory, both personal and social.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  This Sunday, we will be sharing parts of our platform to one or more Societies via video.  We are going to experiment with sharing the response period, taking questions from both our Society and those sharing the platform.

 

Issues and Action Circle
Nov 11 @ 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.

Nov
14
Wed
Enhanced Discussion-
Nov 14 @ 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

Nov
18
Sun
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This inter-generational festival of appreciation is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time member of Brooklyn Ethical who has been granted permission by Native American elders to perform rituals honoring our earth and its bounty. Through song, dance and story, Remi will lead us in this seasonal favorite for children and adults alike. Please bring a dish to share. Open to the public as always.

Platform meeting is followed by Munch With the Bunch, an opportunity to share coffee, snacks, and conversation with others.