Every emotion, including anger, is part of our personal natural alarm system. Anger is a kind of human wisdom, warning us of a threat or of injustice. If we ignore, dismiss, or suppress our anger, we’ll miss that wisdom, and do measurable physical damage to our own bodies. If we act while angry, we may make the situation we’re facing even worse. In this talk, we’ll explore how ideas from religion and philosophy and science can help us to transform anger into the kind of action that will bring real transformation to our lives and our world. With Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis.
In a polarized nation, these are difficult times. Under what circumstances do people really open to a shift or even transformation of their perspective?
The founders of the Ethical movement had a dream of Ethical Culture Society members equipping themselves to be agents of moral transformation – building their own capacities to act in ethical ways toward the common good, and encouraging their colleagues and neighbors to do the same.
Today we can participate in our own capacity building for the sake of the larger good, by learning and sharing tools of communication that foster not simple agreement, but the capacity for transformation of both our own and others perspectives.
Join Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita, in a colloquy dedicated to sharing our experience with tools of transformation. Feel free to bring your own experiences and tools to share.
What can ethical humanists make of the Christian story of sacrifice and the Jewish story of liberation, and other religious stories centered on spring? Each has a different way of expressing a concept of birth, renewal, transformation.
Frances Beal, in 1969, wrote an essay on the topic of “to be black and female.” In that essay, she identified the turning point of sacrifice — the point that differentiates the healthy sacrifice that is an important part of the human life journey, and the unhealthy part, that sacrifices others for the sake of the few. She said, “To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day life patterns.”
Many have asked what values you’d be willing to die for. Brooklyn Ethical’s interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis. challenges us to think about what values we’d be willing to live for.
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.
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.
Haitian Kermesse: 12 – 4pm
Featuring arts, crafts, food vendors, musicians and entertainers, the Kermesse will include Haitian organizations like Fonkoze US, Neges Foundation and Greenhaiti. Musicians and entertainers sourced through the Haiti Cultural Exchange.
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program: 2 – 4pm
Co-hosted with The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy as an open session to honor activists, organizers and scholars. The DuBois Bunche Center was founded at Medgar Evers College to empower and cultivate the work of the next generation of scholar activists dedicated to solving the challenges confronting urban communities in the USA and throughout the African Diaspora.
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.
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