Calendar

May
28
Sun
Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose (Colloquy)
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose (Colloquy) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

With Tasha Paley, facilitator
Come join us for a colloquy which focuses on the notion of an ethical will- of ways to pass on to family, friends, and community our legacy of values and wisdom. Legacy is more than what we leave behind. It is how we live our lives as we wish to be remembered.
An ethical will is not a legal document; it does not distribute your material wealth. It is a heartfelt expression of what truly matters most in your life.
Think about what values and lessons you would want to pass on were you to write an ethical will. Visualize, too, how you would like your own memorial to be.
A colloquy invites us to gather in a circle, share with and listen to one another in a program laced with music, meditation, poetry and reflection.

Brooklyn Society Writers
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Jun
4
Sun
Member Passion Platform
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Member Passion Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Come share a passion of yours with us. e.g,  sing a song, show your art work, read a poem, play something on your musical instrument; tell us about a work project that you are passionate about; a hobby you are learning; a family memento; a new skill that thrills you!
The sky’s the limit!
Members and non-members are welcome to participate! If interested, or curious, Contact Tasha at <tashapal@gmail.com or call her at 917 200 8451

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 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

Jun
11
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Jun 11 @ 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

Brooklyn Society Writers
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Jun
14
Wed
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 “CheckbookNYC.com, 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

Jun
18
Sun
Juneteenth Celebration Platform – Celebrating our Historical Friendships
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Juneteenth Celebration Platform - Celebrating our Historical Friendships @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Featured Guest: Prof. Richard Green
Music by DuPree and Jerome Harris

In August of 1991, as we know, a series of tragic events resulted in what came to be known as the Crown Heights Riots. Professor Richard Green was called upon by city officials to be a mediator between the Hassidic and Black residents in that Brooklyn neighborhood. He managed, during that painful chapter of our city’s history, to play a very important role in bringing about an ongoing dialogue on the meaning of community, of sharing space together in peace, for which he is still praised and called upon until today.

Professor Green is also an esteemed professor of history in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. 

About Juneteenth:
Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 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

Jun
21
Wed
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

Jun
25
Sun
EFC – Stepping Up Ceremony
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

 

We are excited to celebrate this year of growth and learning at our annual Stepping Up ceremony this Sunday!

A few things to know:

  1. EVERYONE is encouraged to come, including friends and family. All classes will have a little something to share. This year’s ceremony, held at Poly Prep, will be simple and beautiful. It will be followed by a lovely picnic lunch hosted by the EE committee.
  2. Please bring a celebratory dish to share.
  3. The ceremony will begin at our usual platform/class time (11 am) and will likely end a bit earlier than in past years since we are not combining it with Coming of Age this year (that will happen next year!) After the ceremony we will all head over from Poly to BSEC for the picnic!

Feel free to email Lea Bender with any questions using the form below.  

See you on Sunday!

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 25 @ 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

EFC – Coming of Age Ceremony
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

You are invited to join us to honor and celebrate our EFC graduates at our 2017 Coming of Age Ceremony.
Graduates will present independent projects they have been working on this year

Jahi Bandele
Ethics in Hip Hop

Lochlan Brooks
America Can’t Be Like This: Homelessness and Hunger in New York

Zane Devlin
Endangered Animals

Tyler Hampton
Refugees Are Humans Too

C.C. Servon
Feminism and Punk Rock

Luncheon from 12-1 and cake and refreshments after the ceremony.
Presided by Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis.
Music performed by DuPree and Barry Kornhauser.

Please note: Due to the nature of the topics presented childcare will be provided for children 10 and under.

 

Brooklyn Society Writers
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Jul
2
Sun
Freedom/Liberty: What does it mean?
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Jul
9
Sun
Building the Beloved Community
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Building the Beloved Community @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What would our world be like if we — individuals and groups — could relate to each other with compassion, respecting the worth and dignity of all, recognize our interconnectedness?  Instead, too often we live in a world of divisions, suspicions, and fear.  The phrase has been used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to envision an equitable multiracial world.

Sociologists define a multiracial congregation as one in which no more than 80% of the members are of one identified racial group.  Only 5-7% of Christian congregations in the United States are multiracial even by this minimal definition. Being truly multiracial as a community or world involves more, though, than just who is in the room

Interim Leader Jone Johnson Lewis remembers when beloved community was defined as “when race and class unite.”  But it’s more than just race or class now: gender, sexuality, sexual identity, citizenship status, ethnicity, ability, belief, and more. And the intersections between/among those identities.

What does it take to build authentic “beloved community” both within this precious Ethical Culture community but also in the wider world?  How do we — each of us — need to change in order to move closer to that vision?

Jul
16
Sun
Countering Burnout
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Countering Burnout @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

It’s not a sprint, it’s not even a marathon, it’s a relay race. Member Kim Brandon will lead us in a program to improve our ability to identify and counter burnout in a world where the threats to peaceful, compassionate community are increasing, and the need for vigilance and activism can leave us struggling to find energy and hope. Living with multiple, chronic stressors can leave us drained. How do we find the energy to keep countering the threats we experience to our own well-being and the threats we see to the well-being of other precious human beings?