Calendar

Jun
3
Sun
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!

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.

Jun
10
Sun
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!

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
17
Sun
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?

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.

Jul
1
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jul 1 @ 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.

Jul
8
Sun
Harmony With Heritage
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This week Jé Hooper, our summer Intern Leader, will reflect on how using music can tame the beast of our past.  The African American musical tradition from spirituals to blues to gospel and early rhythm and blues has encapsulated human existence in its fullness — its need for love, community, and reconciling.

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What songs have carried you through a series of events or offered a new perspective? What chorus gave you the opportunity to utilize your voice unapologetically?  Come enjoy a song, a lyric, and a musical platform that will soothe the soul.

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
Jul 8 @ 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.

Jul
15
Sun
Sunday Meeting: Black Art and the Ethics of Disruption
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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In his talk, Black Art and the Ethics of Disruption, Joe Tolbert Jr. will explore the ways that Black expressive culture enacts an ethics of disruption and the impact that it can have in our current political climate.

Joe T. is a minister, scholar, writer and cultural organizer whose work is at the intersections of art, culture, spirituality and social justice. He received his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed his M.Div. with a concentration in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. His work has been supported by fellowships from National Art Strategies Creative Communities Fellowship, and he is currently an Arts and Culture Fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute. His goal with his work is to help others live, dream, achieve, and inspire. Agreeing with Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons statement, “Art allows people to dream their way out of struggle,” Joe believes that art and culture plays a vital role in any movement for social change. As a Cultural Organizer and Consultant, Joe is a sought-after facilitator and cultural strategist that works with communities to help them harness the power of art and culture through the building, implementation and evaluation of cultural strategies. As a writer he has contributed articles to Alternate Roots, Arts.Black, and Quiet Lunch, among others.

Issues and Action Circle
Jul 15 @ 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.

Jul
22
Sun
Experiences of Othering: An Improvisation-based Theatrical Experience
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Co-created by Village Playback Theater with Personal Stories from the Audience

We’ve probably all had moments when we felt we didn’t fit in – experiences in which we have felt excluded, bullied, diminished, objectified – “othered”. Or we have “othered” others in similar ways. This behavior may start at a very early age as part of our socialization and manifest across a variety of intersections including, class, race, physical appearance, gender, sexual preference, mental and physical disabilities, and faiths.

In today’s current climate, where the divisions among people seem to be increasing, Village Playback Theatre will invite audiences to share personal stories in an effort to uncover our commonalities rather than our differences, and to generate a sense of empathy and community among us.
Once an audience member shares their experience, a cast of actors, singers and musicians instantly plays back the story creating a theatrical piece which is experienced by all.
Village Playback Theatre is an improvisation -based company utilizing drama, music, movement, and the invitation for personal storytelling to build community throughout metro New York.

Issues and Action Circle
Jul 22 @ 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.

Jul
29
Sun
Sunday Meeting: Queer Safe(r) Space:  Black Church Concerts
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

From our Intern Clergy Leader, Jé Exodus Hooper:  Homosexuality in the Black church could be considered by many an intersectionality of the sacred and profane. Secularist and the religious community agree on the antithetical positionality of the persistently egregious tensions between their respective communities.  For those who find themselves at the crossroads of identifying as black, Christian and same-gender loving, compartmentalizing these aspects of oneself provides an illusion of safety.  This means rarely existing in a truly authentic manner, fully disclosing oneself, but frequently showing-up in a partially present demeanor.

The word "MUSIC" written in rusty metal letterpress type sitting on a wooden ledge background.

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Paradoxically, it seems that the black church, in its dogmatic heterosexism, would provide a limited safer space for those who do not conform to heterosexist ideas of sexuality and gender performance that is sermonized within the same walls.  Limited safer space indicates that the LGBT community is provided with more liberties in the music scene but not fully authorized to outwardly display genuine sexual expression.  Boundaries for appropriate behavior are relaxed but not fully removed; again, tensions between the sacred and profane appear.

Our guest speaker on this topic in our Summer Series on The Arts and Social Justice is Ryan Hill of Richmond, Virginia, who has been a creative, analytical lover of humankind.  Living a life of actively helping people, Ryan has assisted others via fitness and nutrition, served as mentor and counselor, been a financial advisor, and is currently embarking on additional education to offer spiritual guidance within the community.  Having a career in finance for more than 15 years, he now plans to integrate the physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial into a practice of offering holistic services to the disenfranchised.  A lover of music, art, and the human spirit, Ryan desires to implement the arts in every aspect of life creating an atmosphere leading where creativity aids in the healing process.

Issues and Action Circle
Jul 29 @ 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.

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
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.

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
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.