Ethical Living provides a format with which we nurture connections and explore interests within our congregations. Our goal is to see every person, from the core of our congregation to the ever-growing community, connected in a healthy small group. We want to help seekers become transformed individuals who model ethical living and motivate others to do the same.

We provide programming through a number of community circles with a variety of ways you can get connected and form relationships to feel a real sense of our wonderful community. These are ongoing, multi-generational adult program of circles to encourage life-long learning and new relationships.

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Gardening Circle (open to all) We are group of gardeners of varying interests and abilities. Some of us maintain extensive gardens, some of us garden in containers. Some of us go nuts for “obscure” plants, some of us love vegetables, and some of us could not live without perennials. Orchid lover, backyard orchardist, tulipomaniac, greenhouse hobbyist, fig specialist, dahlia enthusiast, tomato king, sunflower queen. A few of us are just starting to play in the dirt. You can meet us all, and you can be one of us and nurture our BSEC grounds!

Compassionate Communication Circle (open to all) Compassionate Communication, more popularly known as Non Violent Communication offers a framework for communication with many tools. It is based on the notion that each person has needs, and that those needs are equally important. This group meets to practice techniques of compassionate communication on a monthly basis.

Parent Circle (open to all) Our monthly Parent Circles are a time to check in with each other, to get to know one another and to deepen our own sense of community as parents. These discussions are helpful for identifying needs in the community of parents and families; everyone is welcome.

Sunday Sharing Circle (open to all) A group of our community members gathers in the Library every Sunday from 10:00 – 10:45 am for the weekly sharing circle. Everyone is welcome to attend and check in with a circle of caring, compassionate listeners.

Women’s New Moon Circles (open to all women) New moons (or dark moons) have long been considered a time for renewal or new beginnings. A circle of women gather on (or near) each new moon to recharge our energy through meditation, readings, personal sharing (if you choose) and singing. We invite all attendees to bring a candle, which will be symbolically lit to welcome the return of the moon’s light and to represent a renewed energy to carry back into the world. Women of all ages and religious backgrounds are welcome.

Brooklyn Society Writers Circle (open to all) Our Writer’s Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 1-3pm in the 2nd floor library (dates and meeting locations are subject to change). All writers are welcome, BSEC members and non-members alike. Each meeting consists of an ice breaker, an exercise where all write on a shared topic, and time to share and give feedback on works in progress. The feedback is warm and supportive.