Orientation: About This Community
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Orientation: About This Community @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

For those new to the community, considering membership, or who’d like to review or get the newest updates.  Our President, Rebecca Lurie, will lead a presentation on how the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture works: our structure, how to get things to happen, how to get your voice and ideas heard and get involved in sustaining this community into the future.

In Our Backyard (a free movie screening)
Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In Our Backyard (a free movie screening)

Winner of the best feature documentary of the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in 2016, In Our Backyard follows the emotional experiences of three recent survivors of sex trafficking in Brooklyn and how aid organizations, law enforcement agents and politicians are able to affect change in this silent epidemic.
By viewing you can join the survivors and help raise awareness to make sex trafficking prevention a reality in your backyard.
Afterwards there will be Q&A with the filmmaker Danielle Rose, Survivor Advocate Iryna (featured in the film), and ECPAT USA Director Carol Smolenski. Anneke Lucas will also be present, you can support her campaign to change legislation to protect victims of sex trafficking.
To RSVP, please click HERE

Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Suggested Donation (cash only): $20
Partial proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund for children’s ethics classes at BSEC.

Enjoy home cooked Congolese food after the show and learn about efforts to bring absentee ballot voting to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by Magalie Yangala from The Yangala Foundation.

Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts II, originally presented at La MaMa, reveals that the ghosts of totalitarian past and present enter to haunt our stories. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. Thus, immigrants and refugees respond with urgency to resist and survive, creating a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere. Political satire and resistance theater at it’s best.

Written and Directed Susana Cook, featuring: Mattie McMaster, Michael Burke, Drae Campbell, Hector Canonge, Dorrell Clark, Mistah Coles, Susana Cook, Moira Cutler, Michael Freeman, Kathie Horejsi, Marie Christine Katz, Annie Lanzillotto, Hjørdis Linn-Blanford, and Simba Yangala

Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things” – Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Must see – Susana Cook and cast – riveting resistance profound” – Karen Finley, Performance Artist

What a great show – – funny, smart, cathartic, deep, poetic, fun, imagistic, healing – – did I say funny!?!? Susana Cook and her expressive eclectic team of performers have created something wonderful!! An antidote to our discouraging times – – A gift to our wounded world – – A uniquely fun evening! Don’t be the NYC fool that misses this.” – Audrey Kindred, NY Society for Ethical Culture

Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian lunch with featured Guest Aldon Morris
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian lunch with featured Guest Aldon Morris @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform:  11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.

“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program:  2 – 4pm
The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy & The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture co-host a special awards program and teach-in*
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills”
Program will honor local activists, organizers, and scholars, who will lead a discussion about ‘leveling up’ our organizing methods and opportunities.

Featuring: Dr. John Flateau, Professor Aldon Morris, Rebecca Lurie, Joey Pressley, Sister Bisi, Greg Todd, Elvira Basevich, Nola Asantewaa, Mark Winston Griffith among others.
Celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and share the passion and commitment of community organizers.
Please RSVP by clicking HERE

Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism.  Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.

The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.

For more details about Charley Horwitz the event and, for donations please CLICK HERE.

Platform Meeting: “Unbanking”
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Platform Meeting: "Unbanking" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An urgent, absorbing expose–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did

What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high‑net‑worth entrepreneur, and a twenty‑something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.
Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check‑cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us. Banks were once essential pillars of our lives; now we can no longer count on them to do right by us.

An Evening with William Loren Katz
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening with William Loren Katz

The man, his works and time: Teacher, Lecturer, Writer

The country was in the fray of virulent anti-Communist McCarthyism when William Loren Katz started teaching high school in 1955. “In American history…, African Americans were completely absent, or were portrayed as happy under slavery and bewildered by freedom. I began bootlegging material into the classroom…that revealed the role of black people in American history.”  His research challenged textbooks and especially his students’ prior knowledge.

Sponsored by: Enhanced Discussion – Ethical Action Committee – Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Author of 40 books and numerous articles. Limited book sale on site.


Enhanced Discussion: An Evening with John Liu
Jun 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enhanced Discussion: An Evening with John Liu @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Currently teacher of municipal finance and public policy at CUNY & Columbia University
First Asian-American to hold a citywide office 43rd
Comptroller of the City of New York (2010 – 2013)
Former Candidate for the City Mayoralty.

A brilliant financial manager for the City of New York.
Secured more than $5 billion Increased the city pension portfolio to $150 billion.
Oversaw the city’s annual budget of $70 billion Initiated “, a transparent means to explain and review government spending.
A champion of fairness and equality – an opponent of stop-and-frisk.
Critiquing our political world today.
It’s not just about numbers, it’s about people. . .
” A man surely missed in the city’s political life today!

Light refreshments

Countering Democratic Rollback
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Countering Democratic Rollback @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

A talk with Lincoln Mitchell: writer, scholar, and an expert on democracy and democratic rollback. Author of four books, including The Democracy Promotion Paradox (Brookings, 2016), Lincoln will draw on his work studying democracy and democratic rollback around the world.  He’ll propose strategies for defending American democracy in the Trump era.

Seating is limited. First come first served. Click Register link above to register. Event will be recorded.

BSEC Ethics in Action with Indivisible Nation BK

Fashion and the Arts – PAST, PRESENT AND PEN FUTURE
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fashion and the Arts - PAST, PRESENT AND PEN FUTURE @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Fashion and The Arts™(FATA) in partnership with The Ethical Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC,) invites you to share in the kickoff event for FATA’s new series entitled, Pen to Passion.
Come to enjoy the presentation of three generations of storytellers as they use the power of language to take you on a journey through the ages. Meet 84-year- old world renown storyteller Thelma R Thomas and award-winning TV show host Ketriana Yvonne. Also showcased are a host of other emerging poets from the metropolitan area.
These poets will give you a peek into their artistry using spoken word. Let the imagination of their words renew and regenerate your hope and desires as they represent the Past, Present and Pen Future.
Join us at the eminent BSEC, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 on July 23, 2017, 5p- 8p. Let the art of words speak to your innermost emotions as we continue to create and connect avenues for literary artists with our new series Pen to Passion. Seats are limited.