What can ethical humanists make of the Christian story of sacrifice and the Jewish story of liberation, and other religious stories centered on spring? Each has a different way of expressing a concept of birth, renewal, transformation.
Frances Beal, in 1969, wrote an essay on the topic of “to be black and female.” In that essay, she identified the turning point of sacrifice — the point that differentiates the healthy sacrifice that is an important part of the human life journey, and the unhealthy part, that sacrifices others for the sake of the few. She said, “To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day life patterns.”
Many have asked what values you’d be willing to die for. Brooklyn Ethical’s interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis. challenges us to think about what values we’d be willing to live for.
In honor of National Poetry Month
The Brooklyn Society Writers
“Your Silence Will Not Protect You.”
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. – Audre Lorde
Please join us as a dozen Brooklyn poets lend their voices to share the promise of hope, the power of love and now, more than ever, the power of standing up and being counted!
Christian Hayden, Mossler Fellow this year of the American Ethical Union, will lead attendees in an evolving exercise, that explores how we can become more grounded, and leave a space more connected than we entered. Christian will employ techniques of exchange from Ethical Culture’s own colloquy (meditative reflection that uses music), along with Theatre of the Oppressed (an assortment of movement games that explore social justice) techniques. If you want to be a part of this experience, come open minded in comfortable clothes and ready to explore with others.
Christian is a member of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and works as a community educator with a domestic violence organization in Philadelphia. Inspired by the colloquy, Christian sought to bring the technique to communities of color while also expanding the technique to include movement as a means of enhancing dialogue. He spent three years as an Americorps member and completed a year of service in Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps. He looks to expand Ethical Culture with his work as a Mossler Fellow of the American Ethical Union, the umbrella organization of Ethical Societies.
The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform: 11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program: 2 – 4pm
The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy & The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture co-host a special awards program and teach-in*
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills”
Program will honor local activists, organizers, and scholars, who will lead a discussion about ‘leveling up’ our organizing methods and opportunities.
Featuring: Dr. John Flateau, Professor Aldon Morris, Rebecca Lurie, Joey Pressley, Sister Bisi, Greg Todd, Elvira Basevich, Nola Asantewaa, Mark Winston Griffith among others.
Celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and share the passion and commitment of community organizers.
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Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism. Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.
The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.
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An urgent, absorbing expose–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did
What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high‑net‑worth entrepreneur, and a twenty‑something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.
Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check‑cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us. Banks were once essential pillars of our lives; now we can no longer count on them to do right by us.
In Ethical Culture, people have long said “deed before creed” — our unity is based on doing, not believing. Of course what we believe will influence what we do, but when we say “deed before creed” we are saying that the final assessment of our values is in what actions they inspire. Show, don’t tell, people what your values are. BSEC’s Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will take a look at some of the ways that we as individuals and as a community can better embody our values in times when so many are at risk.
With Tasha Paley, facilitator
Come join us for a colloquy which focuses on the notion of an ethical will- of ways to pass on to family, friends, and community our legacy of values and wisdom. Legacy is more than what we leave behind. It is how we live our lives as we wish to be remembered.
An ethical will is not a legal document; it does not distribute your material wealth. It is a heartfelt expression of what truly matters most in your life.
Think about what values and lessons you would want to pass on were you to write an ethical will. Visualize, too, how you would like your own memorial to be.
A colloquy invites us to gather in a circle, share with and listen to one another in a program laced with music, meditation, poetry and reflection.
Featured Guest: Prof. Richard Green
Music by DuPree and Jerome Harris
In August of 1991, as we know, a series of tragic events resulted in what came to be known as the Crown Heights Riots. Professor Richard Green was called upon by city officials to be a mediator between the Hassidic and Black residents in that Brooklyn neighborhood. He managed, during that painful chapter of our city’s history, to play a very important role in bringing about an ongoing dialogue on the meaning of community, of sharing space together in peace, for which he is still praised and called upon until today.
Professor Green is also an esteemed professor of history in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.
Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.