On July 5, 1852, the great orator Frederick Douglass delivered a speech on the “Meaning of the Fourth of July,” now considered one of the best speeches of the 19th century. Twelve years before the Civil War, and speaking as a man who had escaped enslavement, he pondered the meaning of celebrating independence when many were not free, were not even considered full human beings and citizens.
Join us as we listen to excerpts from the speech, and then consider together the impact of Douglass’ words not only on his audience in 1852 but on us today. How relevant are his words in today’s American culture? Our hope is that we are a place where we can have conversations about race, racism and racial justice that just aren’t happening very many places.
Want to enlarge your own and others’ capacity to talk openly and honestly about difficult issues related to race and other dimensions that are used in our larger culture to exclude, “other,” and discriminate? Interested in building skills and opportunities for developing authentic relationships across differences? Through sharing our personal stories in small groups, pairs and sometimes in the larger circle, we’ll continue our summer conversations about race, racism and racial justice.
Join us at a public forum for local conversation and awareness-building about small farmers, sustainable agriculture, and reforestation efforts. It’s also a fascinating look at corporate social responsibility and “green business” efforts: the film features the organization Timberland’s pledge to work with Haitian farmers to plant 5 million trees in Haiti over 5 years — and the challenges and successes they experience along the way. We’ll view the documentary, and then share responses and ideas in participative conversations. A collection that day will be split with the Haiti Partnership that has been an important connection of Brooklyn Ethical Culture. Part of a summer of programs connected with racial justice, this week intersecting with sustainability and climate change.
ATTENTION: BSEC MEMBERS INTERESTED IN TRAINING TO BE COLLOGUY LEADERS!
We are having a training from 10AM-Noon on Saturday, Dec 3, 2017 This is an invitation for you to join us in the training.
What is a colloquy?
Colloquy is an opportunity to engage in deep listening and to develop compassion and understanding. We hope to get to know ourselves and each other more and to create a safe space for us to share our life experiences. A colloquy usually incorporates music, meditation, and quotes within the format of a sharing circle and around a particular theme.. Some examples of themes have been: Ethical Legacy; Earth Day Art Workshop in Honor of Mother Earth; Forgiveness; Gratitude; Personal Transformation; Occupy 2012; Meditation Techniques.
We hope that experienced colloquy facilitators will attend this training and take this opportunity to share with those newer to this form.
If possible, please attend the colloquy led by Jone Jonson Lewis on Nov 27, 2016 on the topic of “Story” to familiarize yourself with the colloquy form.
If you have any questions or wish to attend, please contact Tasha Paley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or phone her at 917 200 8451.
Thanks! We hope to see you there!
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.