Sunday Platform Meetings

Ethical Education

Ethical Action

Ethical Living

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

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, wecelebrate 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

Pictures of our Wampanoag Ceremony 2016​

Every year, BSEC celebrates this time of the year with special attention and respect to our Native American communities during a beautiful intergenerational ritual we call the "Wampanoag Ceremony".  The event is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time...

Pictures from our Pledge Dinner Party 2016

Once a year something deliciously fun happens at BSEC. Our Pledge Dinner, which is an event full of humor, surprises and most of all, community. This year's Pledge Dinner, last October 28th, was no exception. Thanks to the beautiful organizational efforts of...

Apologies – the Short Version

Leader Jone Johnson Lewis summarizes the basic rules and elements of effective apologies that promote healing. For example, rule 8: Don’t expect an apology to erase the past.

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Care for the Soul @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Care for the Soul @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
10:00 am
Now more than ever we need to take time out to stop and reflect on our health both mind and body. We will gather in a circle as a community to listen and speak from[...]
Platform Meeting – Reproductive Rights 2017 @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Reproductive Rights 2017 @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
Image (c) Jone Johnson Lewis The current landscape: anti-choice lawmakers in the White House, Congress and state legislatures across the country attempting to dismantle reproductive rights and access. These changes target those populations that are[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 26 @ 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 to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural[...]
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 pm
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[...]
Orientation: About This Community @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Orientation: About This Community @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
9:30 am
For those new to the community, considering membership, or who’d like to review or get the newest updates.  Our President, Rebecca Lurie, will lead a presentation on how the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture works:[...]
Platform Meeting – Transforming Anger @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Transforming Anger @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
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,[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Apr 2 @ 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 to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural[...]
Apr 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Sunday Committee Meeting
1:00 pm
Meeting with group responsible for Sunday schedule