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Jan
29
Sun
Back to School: An Examination of Public Education, with Anne Klaeysen
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Back to School: An Examination of Public Education, with Anne Klaeysen @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Last year was the centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s classic, “Democracy & Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education.” Similar in many ways to Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler’s pedagogy, this pragmatic humanist’s work called for the complete renewal of public education and inspired teachers to create their own “learning-by-doing” curricula. Many of us remember taking field trips, performing in school plays, and being encouraged to pursue our own interests. However, since the 1980’s, traditional-values conservatives and the business community, funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Charles Koch conservative think tank the Heartland Institute, have steered national education policy toward Common Core standards and job training. Many students and their parent are taking up the cause for progressive education, and it is time to revisit Dewey’s groundbreaking work.

Members’ Meeting
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Members' Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Dear Members,

We are looking forward to our next Member’s Meeting, January 29th at 1PM. We will have a slightly abbreviated platform and luncheon that morning. As many of us have expressed, at this time, we are all called to action. As members of Ethical Culture we are compelled in ways congruent with our values.  Our Society, our community, our members lead a range of programs and organize many ways each of us can make a difference.

As Grace Lee Boggs wrote…
“We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.”

At our Member meeting we will share about the many opportunities we all engage with and will be asked to join and support:

Lucy’s Children
Society Writers
Ethics for Children
Ethical Action
Ethical Living
Board and membership development
You will also have time to share your own ideas…And, we will also focus on an activity that includes all of us:

the capital campaign for our property stewardship and accessibility
Here we are the change we wish to see  in the world…
Rebecca Lurie Board President
Janice Novet, Board Vice-President

Feb
25
Sat
Permaculture Series- Get Cultured: Kombucha and Yogurt Making
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Permaculture Series- Get Cultured: Kombucha and Yogurt Making @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Food fermentation is an ancient practice that humans have performed for centuries, for preservation, health, and taste. Connect to this tradition and learn how to easily make kombucha and yogurt at home.

Kombucha is sugar-sweetened tea fermented by a community of bacteria and yeast into a delicious sour tonic beverage. It is produced using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), also known as a Mother. Learn how to grow and maintain your own SCOBY, and make kombucha. The class will cover ingredient selection, fermenting, flavoring, and bottling. You will taste different flavors of homemade kombucha.

Yogurt is made through introducing and incubating bacteria into milk. The bacteria converts the sugar lactose in milk into lactic acid, which results in yogurt’s creamy texture and tangy taste. Learn how to make your own traditional style yogurt at home.

Both kombucha and yogurt cultures contain beneficial bacteria that help the gut microbiome and contribute to overall health. Each participant will take home a starter culture of a kombucha SCOBY and yogurt.

Liz Royzman is a graduate of the Urban Permaculture Certificate program. She started brewing kombucha, making yogurt, and experimenting with fermentation several years ago, as part of her food-loving, cooking adventures. She has been drinking kombucha and eating traditional ferments of Russian culture since childhood, thanks to her grandma.
To sign up for this class, please CLICK HERE.
Cost: $10

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Feb
26
Sun
Care for the Soul
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Care for the Soul @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Now more than ever we need to take time out to stop and reflect on our health both mind and body.
We will gather in a circle as a community to listen and speak from our hearts. We will also share a silent meditation together.
These are turbulent times. As we continue the many ways that we support our families, friends and communities, and our country, we also need to create mindful practices of self-care.
Remember to fill your cup in order to share your overflow for the good!

Mar
12
Sun
Care for the Soul
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Care for the Soul @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Now more than ever we need to take time out to stop and reflect on our health both mind and body.
We will gather in a circle as a community to listen and speak from our hearts. We will also share a silent meditation together.
These are turbulent times. As we continue the many ways that we support our families, friends and communities, and our country, we also need to create mindful practices of self-care.
Remember to fill your cup in order to share your overflow for the good!

Mar
17
Fri
Newcomer’s Supper
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.  RSVP below.

 

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Mar
19
Sun
Join us for afternoon tea for climate, jobs, and justice! 
Mar 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for afternoon tea for climate, jobs, and justice!  @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Food and Farm Justice Planning hub invites you to join us for afternoon tea and the opportunity to get involved with our efforts for the March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in D.C. on April 29th! We are hosting this event to invite our community to join us in workshops preparing for the march, fun family activities, and to help us reach our goal of providing round trip buses to the march for those who may not be able to afford a ticket. A suggested entry donation of $20 will help us tremendously to reach our goal and cover expenses for our event!

Where: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
What: Afternoon tea and snacks (vegan and vegetarian friendly)
Sign making and chant writing workshops
Local craft vendor corner
Butter making and DIY food demonstrations
Live music performance
Recipe Sharing
Composting drop-off and workshop

We are encouraging guests to bring their own tea cups as a way to reduce waste and as a fun way to get to know one another
See you at tea!

Mar
26
Sun
Care for the Soul
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Care for the Soul @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Now more than ever we need to take time out to stop and reflect on our health both mind and body.
We will gather in a circle as a community to listen and speak from our hearts. We will also share a silent meditation together.
These are turbulent times. As we continue the many ways that we support our families, friends and communities, and our country, we also need to create mindful practices of self-care.
Remember to fill your cup in order to share your overflow for the good!