Calendar

Oct
28
Sun
Can I Be Black and Humanist? A Continuing Conversation on Race, Faith, and Identity
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Can I Be Black and Humanist? A Continuing Conversation on Race, Faith, and Identity @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Christian Hayden, member of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, took a humanism pilgrimage to Ghana 2015 – 2016 where while serving, he engaged with ideas on what it meant to be humanist and black. But before that he had already begun a journey reconciling his blackness within the context of living in the Brooklyn’s East New York and Philadelphia’s Southwest communities, and the greater world around him.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 28 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Issues and Action Circle
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

Nov
2
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race and the fact of Racism.  We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of most months from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Nov
4
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

This Thing Called YOUth: The value of transparency and authenticity in working with youth.
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This Thing Called YOUth: The value of transparency and authenticity in working with youth. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Today more than ever, youth are finding it difficult to measure up to society’s expectations of achievement and self-promotion. This age of technology, social media and free information can inform, as well as injure.  While it’s easy for youth to educate themselves on the Internet, it’s also as easy for them to get overwhelmed and misled by claims to fame by their peers on social media. At a time of adolescence where the need to, either boldly stand out, or fit in feels necessary, many youth fall victim to anxiety, isolation and depression instead.

As we send youth out into the world It become more and more important to give them opportunities to gain a sense of who they are, what grounds them, what lifts them, and what skills and tools can they use to navigate their unique personality and identity in life.  They need us to be transparent as role models and authentic about what our experience taught us in life.

Gena Jefferson, Founder and Executive Director of JAIA: Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, shares how we can lay the foundation for promoting self-awareness and self-efficacy in today’s youth.  


Gena C. Jefferson, LCSW, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Life Coach, Performer.

After serving 22 years in the NYC Public School system as a Teacher and Social Worker, Gena founded her private practice Psychotherapy and Consulting Company GJefferson Counseling Svcs. Also, within that same year, 2010, she founded “JAIA: Just As I Am Youth Empowerment”.

JAIA is a personal and spiritual development leadership program for teens and young adults ages 13-24.  JAIA’s mission is to empower youth/young adults towards self-mastery, service & leadership through the use of Universal Life Principles and Mindfulness techniques, for the purpose of encouraging mental health & promoting positive youth development.

Gena has Master Degrees, in Special Education, Educational Administration and Social Work from varied institutions. She was ordained by the Interfaith Council of New York, and holds a Certification in Spiritual Life Coaching from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development.

Gena is passionate about creating environments where people feel safe, empowered and free to express their individuality and to live their very best life!

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 4 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Issues and Action Circle
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

Nov
9
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race and the fact of Racism.  We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of most months from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Nov
11
Sun
Memory: Re-Membering the World
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Memory is a strange experience. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead, we store bits and pieces of the experience, and our minds construct what we call a “memory” in the moment of remembering — or re-membering, putting the pieces back together in a story that serves this moment.   Memory, including our personal history, is constantly being re-membered. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.

The same is true of social memory, whether it’s culture or history. We have been taught, perhaps, that history is about what happened long ago.  But here too, we re-member what happened — we patch together a story that hangs together well (or not) and that informs us for the future.  Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.   As one example: what stories are we telling this week about our country, the election?  Which re-membering will serve to heal the world, to serve goodness?

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of how we construct memory, both personal and social.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  This Sunday, we will be sharing parts of our platform to one or more Societies via video.  We are going to experiment with sharing the response period, taking questions from both our Society and those sharing the platform.

 

Issues and Action Circle
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

Nov
14
Wed
Enhanced Discussion-
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enhanced Discussion- @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Enhanced Discussion is entering another cycle of talks and exposures around and on the issue of race/racism here and in select other places.  For your calendar, please mark these dates (more details coming soon):

  •  July 11 – Struggles that Impacted: Colonialism Fought
  •  August 8 – Journeys Abroad: Beverly Rohlehr’s Flight and Road Trips to Guyana and Haiti
  • September 12 – Getting the “Civil Rights Movement” Straight with Dorothy Zellner, Phyllis Cunningham and Muriel Tillinghast
  • October 10 – TBA
  • November 14 – Looking Right at the Right: USA and Abroad

Nov
16
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race and the fact of Racism.  We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of most months from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Nov
18
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This inter-generational festival of appreciation is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time member of Brooklyn Ethical who has been granted permission by Native American elders to perform rituals honoring our earth and its bounty. Through song, dance and story, Remi will lead us in this seasonal favorite for children and adults alike. Please bring a dish to share. Open to the public as always.

Platform meeting is followed by Munch With the Bunch, an opportunity to share coffee, snacks, and conversation with others.

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 18 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.

Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more

Issues and Action Circle
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.