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Oct
15
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Courage for the Resistance…and the Relationships
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Platform Meeting: Courage for the Resistance...and the Relationships @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Many of us are engaged in social justice work, or political action, seeking to change the recent direction of our country. How do we maintain hope and build up our bravery for that work? And, at the same time, how do we stay true to our Ethical Culture principles that affirm the worth of every person? Can we fight for justice without fighting each other (not a rhetorical question!)?

Amanda Poppei serves as the Senior Leader at the Washington Ethical Society, a humanist congregation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale University and Wesley Theological Seminary, Amanda is one of the co-founders of the Humanist Clergy Collaboratory. Amanda incorporates social justice work into her leadership; she has served on the city-wide strategy team for the Washington Interfaith Network and is a member of Faith Strategies.

 

Oct
22
Sun
Embracing Sankofa: Being Here and There – A Humanist’s Pilgrimage to Ghana
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Embracing Sankofa: Being Here and There – A Humanist’s Pilgrimage to Ghana @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Christian Hayden, member of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and Future of Ethical Societies, will explore his year of service in Northern Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps, using reflections and poetry. Join him as he wrestles with spirituality, identity, and his struggle to find presence and peace with an expanded worldview and a broader definition of home.

Christian Hayden lives in Philadelphia, and is a community educator with a domestic violence organization. He enjoys hip hop, learning languages, and creating reflective spaces.

What does it mean to be a person of courage? What does it mean to be a community of courage?  For October, 2017, we’ll explore this theme in several different ways on Sunday.

Oct
28
Sat
Guided tour of National Museum of the American Indian with Evan Prichard
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Guided tour of National Museum of the American Indian with Evan Prichard @ National Museum of the American Indian

Join us for a guided journey through Native American history and culture, with lunch at Fraunces Tavern* and a historical walking tour of Battery Park in Manhattan’s Financial District (*payment not included). Tour Guide: Evan Prichard, Director, The Center for Algonquin Culture, Woodstock, NY Evan Pritchard is a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people (part of the Algonquin nation). Professor of Native American history, ethics and philosophy.
Inquiries: 718-541-9364 or email harrisonrows@gmail.com 
Price: $30
Reserved space will be maintained for those paid in full by October 22, 2017.

 

Oct
29
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: DREAMers, DACA, and Immigration
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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We join hundreds of congregations around the country and with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in a “DREAM Sabbath” standing in solidarity with immigrant youth.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects a mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith  communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

Speaker: Mishal Pahrand, an Assisting Attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON). From the organization’s description: Justice for Our Neighbors is a ministry of hospitality that welcomes immigrants by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights, and offering education to communities of faith and the public.

Nov
5
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: What We Need Is Here
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Wendell Berry’s poem “The Wild Geese” talks of “the ancient faith: what we need is here.”   Often, when we dream of a better future, we focus on the gaps between where we are and where we want to be, we focus on our criticisms of the present and on what we don’t have.  That focus can be so discouraging that we don’t act to fulfill our dreams. If we instead focus on what strengths and resources we now have, including within our circle of relationships and community, we are more likely to be able to draw on those strengths and resources, and do what we need to do.  

Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis reflects on our monthly theme of abundance: what it means to be a person of abundance, and what it means to be a community of abundance.

Our speaker, 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 and interpersonal transformation.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Ben Silver.

 

Aging In Place: The Real Estate Edition
Nov 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Aging In Place: The Real Estate Edition @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Good Neighbors of Park Slope, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Compass Realty Present:
The First of A Series on Aging In Place: The Real Estate Edition.
Please Join Us for a Panel Discussion on
How to Age-In-PlaceWhen to think about selling, moving, renovating? Can I afford to stay in my home? What are my options? What should I be thinking about? Our panel of experts are here to help!To register, please click HERE.

 

Nov
12
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: How Decentralized Social Movements Can Scale and Win
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
People's Climate March New York City 2014

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How do the mass popular social movements of our time, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter, create new opportunities for decision-makers, organizations, and political parties to make political and economic change possible? How can these movements absorb mass numbers of newly politicized individuals in the current political context? What structures of support are necessary? How can they effectively make decisions, communicate and distribute resources? In this session, Tammy Shapiro of Movement Netlab, a think-make-and do tank created by and for activists, will share some of the inner workings of these movements and what is needed in order to win.

Tamara Shapiro is the coordinator of Movement Netlab. Previously she was one of the lead coordinators of Occupy Sandy, the most effective civilian-led relief effort in U.S. history, as well as Rockaway Wildfire and Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives that emerged from it. She was also a lead strategist and facilitator of the InterOccupy network and created and implemented a networked hub structure for The People’s Climate March, the largest climate march in history. She also worked for several years at The Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and was the first director of J Street U. In addition to Movement Netlab, she is currently the Director of Programs of the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives.

This is part of our November theme of abundance.  What does abundance mean to me as a person? What does abundance mean to us as a community?

Nov
26
Sun
Thanksgiving Colloquy on Generosity of Spirit
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Still Life With pumpkin and corn in harvest

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Colloquies are an opportunity to come together and to  reflect  in a personal way on a given theme, and may include music, meditation, quotations, and arts activities. Facilitated by Tasha Paley, BSEC Member.

 

In this post-Thanksgiving colloquy we will  reflect on what generosity of spirit means to  us and what barriers we encounter to experiencing this fully.We will have the opportunity to explore  this theme as we  make our own collages by cutting out  words and /or images from magazines.
This is part of our November theme of abundance.  What does abundance mean to me as a person? What does abundance mean to us as a community?

Dec
3
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: When Hope Is Hard to Find
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rose in Winter

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Some song lyrics come to mind in thinking about this week’s platform talk:  “I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find; and I’ll bring a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.”  “Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows / Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”

Hope in the wintertime — when here in the north, the leaves have fallen, most live trees look at a glance no different from dead trees, live roses no longer delight our eyes on outdoor shrubs, the tulips of spring are far away.  An optimistic person believes that spring will come — literally, and metaphorically.  A hopeful person believes that spring may come — if we do our part.  Cover the rose bushes to protect from a hard freeze, plant the tulips and trim the trees during previous years.

The difference between optimism and hope is that, if we are people of hope, we are doing our part towards the future we believe is possible.  Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis reflects on our monthly theme of hope: what it means to be a person of hope, and what it means to be a community of hope.

Our speaker, 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 and interpersonal transformation.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

 

Dec
10
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: The Declaration of Human Rights Today
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Platform Meeting: The Declaration of Human Rights Today @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
In this time of chaos can we individually and collectively uphold the rights of all? Do we do this in our daily lives with those we deem “less than?” As ethical people (spiritually and professionally) are we doing all we can to bring out the AWESOME nature of all and of ourselves? Questions to consider while we challenge the acts of those we deem outside of us.
 
Presentation by Lujira Cooper.
As a writer she has over twenty years of experience which includes writing for the Daily Challenge, New York’s only black daily newspaper, and two jazz newsletters Pumpkins Patches and Jazz 966. Yearly she reads at SAGE midtown’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.  At SAGE’s annual gala she was the “constituent speaker.” She’s on the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Society and sits on SAGE midtown’s Advisory Council where she volunteers in the cyber center and runs a weekly play shop for writers. She is a member of Brooklyn Writers and outgrowth of the Brooklyn Society.