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

Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
As human beings, we seek and create sanctuary — places or groups of refuge, belonging, acceptance, meaning.We are, as humans, community-seekers.  What makes a community both meaningful and a safe harbor, and what can we do to[...]

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
Oct 19 @ 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[...]
Prospect Concerts @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Prospect Concerts @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
8:00 pm
Tomas Rodriguez has developed a unique repertoire for solo guitar performance that is rooted in his ancestry and guided by the diverse styles of music that have inspired him. Rodriguez’ own compositions, as featured on[...]
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Oct 21 @ 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[...]
Sanctuary: Finding and Making a Safe Harbor @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sanctuary: Finding and Making a Safe Harbor @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
As human beings, we seek and create sanctuary — places or groups of refuge, belonging, acceptance, meaning.We are, as humans, community-seekers.  What makes a community both meaningful and a safe harbor, and what can we do to[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Oct 21 @ 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
Oct 21 @ 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 26 @ 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
Oct 28 @ 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[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Oct 28 @ 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
Oct 28 @ 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
Nov 2 @ 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
Nov 4 @ 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[...]