The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture seeks to be an inclusive community focused on social justice and personal growth.

Coming Soon on Sundays at 11 am

Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
We often sing a song: “There’s Room at the Table for Everyone.”  But do we need to include those whose values are not only contradictory, but whose values include destroying so much that we hold[...]
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis debunks contemporary imaginings of the civil rights movement in her new book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. By showing how the movement[...]

Who We Are

We are an inclusive humanist community that focuses on both social justice and personal growth.  Values and action are more important to us than what we each believe or don’t believe.  Human worth and human connection are key values we hold precious.  As a community, we celebrate and mourn together, supporting and challenging each other in our humanness.  We are also part of a larger network of Ethical Societies in North America.

What We Do

We meet on Sundays to reflect on ethical living, get inspired to action, and to connect with each other person to person. We have many other opportunities to learn together, for example to understand racism, to practice compassionate communication, or to learn permaculture or mindfulness practices. We also promote action, for example marching  together for climate justice with thousands of others, cooperating with other organizations on peace or anti-racism, and aiding members in their own activism with ideas, tools, and a supportive community.

How to Join

If you think this is a community you might like to be part of, check us out on a Sunday or at other events for a few times, including in the informal conversations that are an important part of our community life. Explore a few activities that feed your human spirit.  Make a few friends!  You can subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to find out what’s happening.  Membership is open to anyone who’s visited a few times, is willing to make a commitment to helping the Society and its programs continue into the future, and is in general agreement with our principles and values.

From our blog

Ethics for Children on News 12

We are so very proud of our kids and all they have done and how they have inspired us this year. During their Stepping Up Celebration this year, they also got in the news. You can watch the report at:...

300 HOPE Dinners and counting

By Kim Brandon On the third Sunday in May, 1993, four guests and twice as many volunteers sat down together in the Dempsey Center here in Brooklyn to begin a journey of building community in the face of one of the worst epidemics of our time.  We are still far from a...

Thank you for coming to Families Celebrate Africa (and pictures)

This past Monday, January 15th, 2018, we gathered with hundreds of families to honor and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Together we sang, danced, heard stories about those who have dedicated their lives to the fight for human and civil rights and...

Register now for our Ethics for Children classes!

Come join us at the events below:

Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States
4:00 pm
Hello BSEC Members and Friends, We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that[...]
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
9:00 am
Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas. FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS: BSEC Members: FREE Non-Members: Sliding[...]
Is There Room at the Table for … Fascists? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Is There Room at the Table for … Fascists? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
We often sing a song: “There’s Room at the Table for Everyone.”  But do we need to include those whose values are not only contradictory, but whose values include destroying so much that we hold[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 23 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
11:01 am
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:[...]
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 pm
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[...]
Newcomer’s Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
6:30 pm
If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC. If you’ve been[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States
4:00 pm
Hello BSEC Members and Friends, We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that[...]
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
9:00 am
Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas. FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS: BSEC Members: FREE Non-Members: Sliding[...]
A More Beautiful and Terrible History @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
A More Beautiful and Terrible History @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
Award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis debunks contemporary imaginings of the civil rights movement in her new book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. By showing how the movement[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 30 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
11:01 am
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:[...]
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 pm
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[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States
4:00 pm
Hello BSEC Members and Friends, We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that[...]