Calendar

Feb
25
Sun
Colloquy – Nevertheless They Persisted: The Necessity of Hope
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy - Nevertheless They Persisted: The Necessity of Hope @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
 This Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the interdependence of hope and persistence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Carl Levine, a long-time member of BSEC, is a lawyer who represents unions, workers and progressive organizations, and life-long activist,

Mar
4
Sun
“Ethical Heroes: The Goldmark Sisters”
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
To celebrate Women’s History Month, and in one of her periodic “ethical heroes” talks, our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce you to some sisters who are not very well-known, but whose lives include some inspiring lessons for us to learn from.
Josephine Goldmark

Josephine Goldmark, from a public domain image

Dr. Jakob Joseph Goldmark and Regina Wehle came to America after the failure of the Austrian Revolution of 1848.  Among their children were four daughters who each made a mark on society:

  • Helen Goldmark Adler, who was not just the wife of Felix Adler (founder of the first Ethical Culture Society) but did her own work on child development;
  • Alice Goldmark Brandeis, married to the jurist Louis Brandeis, who herself worked for often-controversial social reforms;
  • Pauline Goldmark, an early social researcher and activist on behalf of women workers; and
  • Josephine Goldmark, who worked against child labor and for the minimum wage.

Josephine and Pauline were also key in developing the so-called Brandeis brief for their brother-in-law, used in the landmark Supreme Court decision Muller v. Oregon. (A brother, Henry C. Goldmark, was the engineer who designed the locks for the Panama Canal.)

Come hear more about these sisters and consider how their interconnections with many others helped to create some key social reforms in American history.

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.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Mar
11
Sun
“Telling My Truth”
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Deborah Howard will share from her memoir, Mystery of Memory: Telling My Truth; Standing My Ground, her story as an incest survivor struggling to overcome self-doubt, find her voice and believe in herself. Deborah’s story reveals a personal journey of how families and society actively deny girls and women their voice and invalidate their reality. It parallels stories of other sexual abuse survivors whose truth is denied and whose voices are silenced by society.

DEBORAH HOWARD, Esq., M.S.O.D., founder and President of Guiding Change Consulting, Inc. is a leading organizational consultant, professional certified coach, and author who previously worked as a public interest lawyer. She brings intercultural insight and a passion for social justice to her work as a change catalyst — helping leaders and their teams transform themselves and the world by tapping into their wisdom and creative potential.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Mar
18
Sun
“Spring Festival”
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

crocuses in snow

Yes, spring is really coming, even if we may still have some snows and cold!

Join us for a multigenerational festival celebrating the Spring Equinox — that time of year when the day and night are in balance.  Lots of activities for kids and adults — be prepared, if you’re over 18, to bring out your inner child.  Weather permitting, some activities will be outdoors.

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Photo by Irina Volkova / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission.

 

Mar
25
Sun
“Marginalizing the Black Feminist”
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rosie the Riveter

Our platform for the day will be centered around intersectionality, the challenges of  oppressions based on racism in the Women’s Movement.  Nettie Paisley, our speaker, will investigate the historical struggles of inequality for black women from the suffrage movement to the #MeToo movement. She’ll offer strategies to improve the relationship between white and black feminists.

Nettie Paisley has been working with the empowerment of the Black community for over 50 years.  Nettie has a MS degree in Business Education and a BBA in Business Management with a major in Behavioral Science from CUNY’s Baruch College. She is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and holds credentials as an interfaith minister. In her work at the seminary, she worked with prison reform at the Gethsemane Church in Brooklyn. Nettie is a Reiki Master (RMT). She has been an adult education teacher, embodying the importance of humanism and how it relates to the value of needs and well being.  She opened a holistic boutique and wellness center called Southern Comforts in 2002, though gentrification later forced its closing.  She strongly believes all paths lead to One Spirit.  Between the Reiki and the interfaith ministry training, Nettie embraced ethical culture.  She also ran a Sisterhood Empowerment Meditation Center group in Harlem for five years.  Her motto is Good Health is the New Black.  Nettie became a member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in 2005 and was chairperson of the Life and Ethics Committee.  She was also a board member and is currently a friend of the BSEC.

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Image by Rob Byron / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission

Apr
1
Sun
“Emergence: Where Past and Future Meet”
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionWe are, as living creatures, always in emergence, always changing. The caterpillar builds a cocoon and emerges a butterfly.  What is the moment in between caterpillar and butterfly?  In human life, our futures are shaped by our pasts, but we also have some ability to shape our future.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on that moment between past and future, and how we influence what might emerge.

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/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
8
Sun
“Cultural Continuity and Personal Legacy”
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionThis Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the theme of emergence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
15
Sun
“Emergence: Saying Yes”
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Emergence: Saying Yes" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Being a “yes-man” (or woman) has sometimes been seen as just going along.  Who wants to be part of a group if you always have to agree?  Saying “no” to defend our boundaries is a hard-won lesson for some. Yet, there is another sense of “yes” which is important to our lives.  The emergence of something new at times requires us to have the openness to say “yes” even when we’re not sure of the outcome.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of “yes” — including what “yes” we can find behind that necessary “no.”

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/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

May
6
Sun
“Creation Stories and Creativity”
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Time warp/Universe. Adobe Stock Images, used with permission.Different cultures have very different myths about the creation of the universe and humanity, from Genesis and even earlier stories, through the Big Bang.  These stories help shape the way we think and feel about creativity, the purpose of life, and more.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will tell some myths, and then reflect on their different ideas about how we create and how we live.

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/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

May
13
Sun
“What Does It Mean to Be a Creative Community?”
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionIs our community a creative community?  What would that mean?  Sure, we have a lot of people around who are poets and artists and who create as individuals.  But what does it mean to be creative as a community? What would we need to do to increase our creativity?  How do we keep our community relevant, buoyant, inspiring, as the world around us changes?

The second Sunday in May is observed in Ethical Culture Societies as Founder’s Day.  In 1876, with a Founding Address, a 24-year-old Felix Adler created a new kind of community.  He wrote, “We cannot adopt the way of living that was satisfactory a hundred years ago. The world in which we live has changed, and we must change with it.”  How do we keep changing? How do we keep our community creativity alive? Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, reflects this Sunday on how we keep creating community.  The ideas also apply to other communities and organizations, not just Ethical Culture Societies.

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/interpersonal transformation.

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

May
20
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

May
27
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Jun
3
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Jun
10
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Jun
17
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Jun
24
Sun
Ethics for Children – Stepping Up Ceremony
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

 

The students in our Ethics for Children program are excited to celebrate this year of learning adventures at our annual Stepping Up ceremony!
All classes will have a little something to present as we share what we worked on this year and prepare for the coming year. DuPree will grace us with her beautiful music and a picnic lunch will follow.
Show your support for our young generation of ethical thinkers by coming to celebrate with us.

EVERYONE is encouraged to come, including friends and family. All classes will have a little something to share.
This year’s ceremony, will be held at Poly Prep.

Annual Members Meeting
Jun 24 @ 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Annual Members Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Dear Members,

Please join us for our Annual Members’ Meeting, on Sunday, June 24th at 1:15 PM, following our Ethics for Children  “Stepping Up Ceremony!”
The children are excited to celebrate this year of learning adventures. All classes will have a little something to present as we share what we worked on this year and prepare for the coming year.
DuPree will grace us with her beautiful music. We hope you will show your support of our young generation of ethical thinkers by coming to celebrate with us.

After the morning Platform, BSEC will host a cookout lunch and refreshments in preparation for our Members’ Meeting that begins at approximately 1:15 PM.

If you are not able to attend the meeting and would like to cast a vote for the Board of Trustees, please return form (sent previously) via email to Edmond.bsec@gmail.com or in person to 53 Prospect Park West by 5 PM on Friday, June 22nd

We have a lot to celebrate, share and so look forward to seeing you on or before Sunday, June 24th

Sincerely,
Board of Trustees

Jul
1
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jul 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Jul
8
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Jul
15
Sun
Issues and Action Circle
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.