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Mar
25
Sun
“Marginalizing the Black Feminist”
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rosie the Riveter

Our platform for the day will be centered around intersectionality, the challenges of  oppressions based on racism in the Women’s Movement.  Nettie Paisley, our speaker, will investigate the historical struggles of inequality for black women from the suffrage movement to the #MeToo movement. She’ll offer strategies to improve the relationship between white and black feminists.

Nettie Paisley has been working with the empowerment of the Black community for over 50 years.  Nettie has a MS degree in Business Education and a BBA in Business Management with a major in Behavioral Science from CUNY’s Baruch College. She is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and holds credentials as an interfaith minister. In her work at the seminary, she worked with prison reform at the Gethsemane Church in Brooklyn. Nettie is a Reiki Master (RMT). She has been an adult education teacher, embodying the importance of humanism and how it relates to the value of needs and well being.  She opened a holistic boutique and wellness center called Southern Comforts in 2002, though gentrification later forced its closing.  She strongly believes all paths lead to One Spirit.  Between the Reiki and the interfaith ministry training, Nettie embraced ethical culture.  She also ran a Sisterhood Empowerment Meditation Center group in Harlem for five years.  Her motto is Good Health is the New Black.  Nettie became a member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in 2005 and was chairperson of the Life and Ethics Committee.  She was also a board member and is currently a friend of the BSEC.

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Image by Rob Byron / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission

Apr
1
Sun
“Emergence: Where Past and Future Meet”
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionWe are, as living creatures, always in emergence, always changing. The caterpillar builds a cocoon and emerges a butterfly.  What is the moment in between caterpillar and butterfly?  In human life, our futures are shaped by our pasts, but we also have some ability to shape our future.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on that moment between past and future, and how we influence what might emerge.

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/interpersonal transformation.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
8
Sun
“Cultural Continuity and Personal Legacy”
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionThis Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the theme of emergence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
15
Sun
“Emergence: Saying Yes”
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Emergence: Saying Yes" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Being a “yes-man” (or woman) has sometimes been seen as just going along.  Who wants to be part of a group if you always have to agree?  Saying “no” to defend our boundaries is a hard-won lesson for some. Yet, there is another sense of “yes” which is important to our lives.  The emergence of something new at times requires us to have the openness to say “yes” even when we’re not sure of the outcome.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of “yes” — including what “yes” we can find behind that necessary “no.”

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/interpersonal transformation.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
29
Sun
Being a Change Agent with Heart
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Being a Change Agent with Heart @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

How our compassion can emerge for the long haul of a lifetime.

Lucia Gomez is an apprentice with Universal Partnership and an organizer with the Laborers Union. She cultivates her capacity to approach her activism for social change with love and compassion. Universal Partnership promotes the belief that at the heart of sustainable movements must be the beat of sustainable people. Their mission is to provide innovative self-healing tools, life, and leadership skills to support agents of change in sustaining their humanity and the humanity of the communities they serve, by organizing from a place of wholeness. Join us while we hear how Lucia Gomez has been able to bring her whole self to her organizing and help us do more of the same.

May
6
Sun
“Creation Stories and Creativity”
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Time warp/Universe. Adobe Stock Images, used with permission.Different cultures have very different myths about the creation of the universe and humanity, from Genesis and even earlier stories, through the Big Bang.  These stories help shape the way we think and feel about creativity, the purpose of life, and more.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will tell some myths, and then reflect on their different ideas about how we create and how we live.

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/interpersonal transformation.

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

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

May
13
Sun
“What Does It Mean to Be a Creative Community?”
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionIs our community a creative community?  What would that mean?  Sure, we have a lot of people around who are poets and artists and who create as individuals.  But what does it mean to be creative as a community? What would we need to do to increase our creativity?  How do we keep our community relevant, buoyant, inspiring, as the world around us changes?

The second Sunday in May is observed in Ethical Culture Societies as Founder’s Day.  In 1876, with a Founding Address, a 24-year-old Felix Adler created a new kind of community.  He wrote, “We cannot adopt the way of living that was satisfactory a hundred years ago. The world in which we live has changed, and we must change with it.”  How do we keep changing? How do we keep our community creativity alive? Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, reflects this Sunday on how we keep creating community.  The ideas also apply to other communities and organizations, not just Ethical Culture Societies.

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/interpersonal transformation.

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

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

May
20
Sun
Member Passions
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Member Passions @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
ON SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018  AT 11AM there will be out ANNUAL MEMBER PASSION PLATFORM followed by a POT LUCK PICNIC IN OUR BEAUTIFUL GARDEN AT 12:30PM. ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!

MEMBER PASSION PLATFORM is a time for members and friends of Brooklyn Ethical to share for a few minutes,during platform,  something they love- a passion or hobby. e.g, a song, poem, painting, photos, gardening, meditation,   family activity,  pogo stick jumping , a social justice cause, magic tricks, etc.- Paulette Graf will lead us in a short   meditation, Someone in the past taught us a few words in  sign language, a woman led us in her favorite song. Some of our children in Ethics For Children will be participating too! THE SKY’s THE LIMIT!
We will also have DISPLAY TABLES where, after platform, folks can browse and see what it is some of us have made.
POT LUCK PICNIC– We encourage everyone to bring a dish of some kind so that we can have a resplendent lunch together after platform. Any contribution- whether homemade, gourmet, or from the corner store- will be welcome!
Members and non-members are welcome to participate! Please contact Tasha Paley at <tashapal@gmail.com>  or call her at 917 200 8451 with any questions and/or with your interest in participating in the platform or displaying . Thanks!

Issues and Action Circle
May 20 @ 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.