Calendar

Jan
26
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a discussion on health, well being and the connection to current events as we navigate these challenging times.
All are welcome.

Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

The Encampment for Citizenship – An Experience in Participatory Democracy
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Encampment for Citizenship - An Experience in Participatory Democracy @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of 2 citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed that young people could be a positive force in their communities if they developed critical thinking skills, youth activism, leadership qualities, and the courage to break free from stereotypes. Eleanor Roosevelt, long-time chair of The Encampment board of sponsors, often hosted students for discussions, workshops and barbeques at her Hyde Park estate. When the program was attacked by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she defended it vigorously. “The reason I think these Encampments are so important,” she wrote, “is that they are attended by citizens of different races and groups. They prepare people for thinking in terms of all people and not in terms of a selected few. Not only we in the U.S., but people all over the world, need young people trained to be good citizens with an ability to think with an open mind.”

Anne Klaeysen recently retired as Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where she served since 2008. She continues to be Humanist Chaplain at New York University and Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, and teaches at the Center for Education  (formerly the Humanist Institute) of American Humanist Association. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College.

Jan
28
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.

Jan
31
Fri
Newcomer’s Supper
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

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 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 and learn more about our building.
Join us for an evening of conversation, food and community as we share about our ethical tradition and vibrant society. This will be a great opportunity to hear more about the experiences of our members and find out how your passions connect with BSEC programs and committees.
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (at the library)
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE WITH 3 DAYS ADVANCE RSVP)
Refreshments and food will be provided.
RSVP below.

 

Feb
2
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Speaker:
Lana Dee Povitz and Kathy Goldman
Presider: Rebecca Lurie
Featuring Music by:
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

Author Lana Dee Povitz talks with the book’s most featured protagonist, Kathy Goldman. The stories touch the range of free school lunch, breakfast and summer food programs to the origins of the Park Slope Food Coops and God’s Love, We Deliver. Feeding people in need may seem like a charitable act. And getting good food to people at good prices may be part of a sustainable practice. But the book and the stories go further to illustrate that when done in connection to the broader view of our unjust political and economic system, getting people fed is directly tied to a movement to end poverty and for economic justice. We will explore through a personal lens what we can do when we espouse notions of “good food”.

Visit https://uncpress.org/ to purchase a copy of Stirrings, use discount code 01DAH40.

Feb
4
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.

Feb
9
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Feb
11
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.

Feb
16
Sun
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859), A Catalyst for Change
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859), A Catalyst for Change @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Americans, perhaps more than other nationals, want to believe the best about their country.  The prevailing historical norms generally point to people who stand with little ambiguity relative to the “big picture” of what is America and what is espoused as its founding principles.  It is a rosy and romantic stroll down history’s lane ignoring anything that interferes with that idyll.  Contemporarily and in retrospect, a review of John Brown strikes at the heart of that romantic picture.  Our attention is directed to the oft-ignored undertow which gave the plantations their magnolia fragrance, their courtly life with their extravagant balls.  Clearly, this life allowed some groups to become embedded local elites, their representatives flagrantly exercising their will fostering supportive national policies and steering the economic direction of the country to serve their ultimate interests.  The obvious crux of the matter was African slavery.   John Brown vowed to destroy it and the hope, of course, is that others would rally to the cause.  In anticipation, John Brown moved towards the inevitable showdown, first in Kansas and then at Harper’s Ferry.  Then it was over with his execution, but was it?  Eleven months later, the election of Abraham Lincoln sent the South to paroxysms and by March, the states that had been united had become undone. 

Feb
23
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a discussion on health, well being and the connection to current events as we navigate these challenging times.
All are welcome.

Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Feb
25
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.

Mar
1
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Mar
3
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.

Mar
8
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Mar
10
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.

Mar
15
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Mar
17
Tue
Family Art and Fun
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun

Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family!

This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work on a series of projects inspired by contemporary artists, both well known (Kara Walker) and not so well known (Stasys Eidrigevicius). Throughout the program we will explore a variety of materials and techniques, learning more about art making and about each other along the way. In addition to being creative fun, the projects are designed to encourage increased family collaboration week to week. Why? Because collaboration promotes communication and collective problem solving. What better place to hone those skills as a family than in a safe and comfortable environment while exploring creatively as a family?

Projects will be best suited for ages 5 to 105 and at any skill level.
Special needs families welcome.
All materials included.

The Instructor, Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience woking in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

This class is sponsored by the Ethics for Children Program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Classes run Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30pm, January 28th until March 24th, excluding Feb 18th.

Sign up for the class by clicking HERE.