Calendar

Dec
17
Sun
Winter Solstice – “I see the light in you.”
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am
Dec
24
Sun
Kwanzaa: A Colloquy on the Seven Principles
Dec 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Kwanzaa:  A Colloquy on the Seven Principles @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Kwanzaa is a 7-day holiday, December 26 – January 1, originally created in the 1960s by Maulana Karenga as both a humanistic alternative to Christmas, and an explicitly African American holiday. Karenga later evolved his idea to being an addition, not necessarily an opposition, to Christmas, and Karenga has encouraged diverse groups to celebrate, still honoring how the principles are rooted in African and African American culture and history. In this colloquy, led by BSEC members, we’ll reflect together on the principles, learn a bit about the holiday if it’s new to you, and share a potluck meal afterwards. You’re encouraged to bring a dish inspired by African, African American or African Caribbean cultures if you can do so.

Dec
31
Sun
One Year At a Time – Colloquy at Year’s End
Dec 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

(c) Vaclav Volrab | Dreamstime

This colloquy is planned to offer participants the opportunity to use music, collage, participatory and meditative methods to reflect upon and share some of the experiences and meanings offered us by this past twelve tumultuous and ethically challenging months. Those who want to venture into 2018 planning, are offed a simple method in personal planning they can take home to complete.

And later, at evening, you are all welcome to BSEC New Year’s EVENING through MIDNIGHT New Year’s celebrations for all ages.

Lisel Burns, facilitator of this colloquy, was a clergy leader at the BSEC from 1990-2008. During that time she also facilitated events on five continents that brought major grassroots women community leaders together to exchange mutual support, learning sand best practices, through Neighborhood Women and then www.Huairou.org which continues today in 50 countries. Presently she operates an informal guesthouse at her house in Park Slope donating 30% of guest fees to a partner project in Leogane Haiti, NegesFoundation.org. Neges is a longtime partner of BSEC Ethical Action, founded by former BSEC Board member Yoleine Gateau, who spends ten months there each year.

Jan
7
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Living With Intention
Jan 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

What are your intentions for this New Year?  An intention is different from a resolution.  An intention is about how you want to be, rather than what you will do.  Of course, intention affects action.  What kind of person do you want to be, to align your words, values, and actions?

Our speaker, 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 and interpersonal transformation.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

Jan
14
Sun
Colloquy: The Power of Intent
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy: The Power of Intent @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Our colloquy auspiciously falls the day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. An excerpt from “The Meaning of the King Holiday”, written by his wife Coretta Scott King, reads as follows: We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

It is obvious that Dr. King was well versed in the power of intent and he exemplified the meaning thereof. Consider the power of your own intentions. How are your intentions showing up in your daily life? Certainly, you do not have to be a famous world leader in order to evoke positive change in your life and others lives.

The colloquy is facilitated by Dorothea Gray, who is a Life Coach and Reiki Master-Teacher with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. 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 is a currently a staff writer for a major NYC agency. Dr. Gray holds a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in New York City. She fuels her healing work with her passion for writing and music, and teaches and encourages 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 Group.

A colloquy is an opportunity for sharing ideas and listening to others.  Come join us as we reflect on this holiday weekend!

Jan
21
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Intention vs. Impact – Ethical Dilemmas
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

(c) Marek Uliasz | Dreamstime

Some systems of ethics stress intention as what makes an action ethical or not ethical, and some systems stress impact.  We’ll play with some ethical dilemmas that might be assessed differently if we look at intention or impact.  This will be an opportunity to apply ethical thinking to realistic life challenges.

Our speaker, 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 and interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

Jan
28
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: How I Found My Place of Belonging – Farming for Justice
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Karen Washington, a Farmer,  shares how she found her place of belonging, “…as I placed my hands in the soil, I felt a connection, a calling.” As a co-owner of Rise and Root Farm, just north of New York City, they are dedicated to food and farming as tools to mitigate many of the social and economic inequities that we face.  With intention, honest and loving communication, and engaging both rural and urban communities, these farmers/food justice activists  have dedicated their lives to increasing the number of people growing and eating good food. All key to building equity and a strong local food economy.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

Feb
4
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: We Shall Overcome: The Power of Persistence
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

To transform society to honor the human worth of every person, not just those with money and/or power, requires courage, hope, intention, creativity and more.  Also required is persistence.  The civil rights era song, We Shall Overcome, is one expression of the commitment to persist despite odds.

The image of water, over long periods of time, cutting through rock to form rivers, is another expression of the power of persistence.

Our speaker, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on what it takes to persist, sometimes against great odds.

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 and interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?

Feb
11
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Society Writers Group Celebrate Black History Month
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Truth to Power

In telling our truths we illuminate the power in our voices in this present moment and as we guide in the future.

Poets/Writers, Performers include:
Dupree, Gloria Vaughan, Rita “REB” Wilson, Olivia Taylor,  Bisi Ideraabdullah, Robert Gibbons, Kim Brandon,  Ketriana Yvonne, Charles Yates, Starr Davis, Lujira Cooper and Shorai Chitongo

Feb
18
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Missing History: What You Learned That Isn’t True
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, courtesy Library of Congress

History as taught in school, and especially Black History, is either missing a lot of key facts, or distorts them.  Our Society Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce a few of the topics that are still commonly misunderstood or ignored, including why Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, why Anthony Burns matters to American history, and the persistent myth of black Confederate soldiers.

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 and interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?