No Choice But to Choose
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on an uncomfortable reality of ethics: that we can, as the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius pointed out, commit injustice by doing nothing.  The excuse that “I didn’t do anything!” does not take into account that inaction that allows people to act in hurtful ways makes the world more unjust — and thus is itself an unjust choice.

Our inactions — from ignoring bullies to deciding not to vote — do have impacts on the world.  Often, we think we are not choosing, but we can usually find a choice not to pay attention or not to challenge what is possible, behind any inaction.  And sometimes, not acting may be the more ethical choice.  But it is a choice.

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” – Elie Wiesel

Our Sunday platform meetings begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  Check the calendar for other Sunday events on most Sundays, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Our Ethics Matters theme for January is Choice – The practice of making and acting on wise choices; opening up new options to choose from.


Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture offers a fun-filled family event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr with African music, drumming and dance, face painting, African drawing, crafts and activities, stories and costumes. Moses Onguleye will teach the chiildren African drawing, DuPree and Barry Kornhauser (and guests) will perform songs about MLK’s life and Simba Yangala and the dancers from JungleDom will guide children through a relaxed African dance lesson, followed by a performance that welcomes the participation from both, children and adults.

Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes as well as help with our campaign for an accessibility ramp.

Doors open at 3.
Ticket prices:
$20 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child. ($10 at the door)
To purchase tickets using Eventbrite, please click here.

Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes as well as help with our campaign for an accessibility ramp.

All Ages Gaming Night
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All Ages Gaming Night @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture has a very strong gamers group that meets to play board games twice a month. Some of our members and families have asked if there would be an opportunity for families and those interested in more traditional games to join in the fun! The Membership Development Committee decided to do a special All Ages Game Night this coming Friday, January 25th at 6:30 pm.
It will happen at the same time as the usual Game Night, but the 2nd floor library will be specifically for families and players of all ages. If you can come, please RSVP below. If you’d like, please bring a board or card game and a snack to share:

Introduction to the Mandala
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to the Mandala @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a hands-on, guided introduction to the mandala as a nature-based culturally symbolic entity that can be created in a variety of forms to help develop group cohesion and personal meaning. Led by art therapist Jennifer Davis.

Jennifer Davis is an arts therapist and supervisor at the New Horizon Counseling Center and a passionate advocate for multiculturalism and diversity. She has been involved with community‑based arts programs for over 18 years through various nonprofit agencies including 651 ARTS, Arts Connection, Ballet Hispanico, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She received Master Degrees in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University. 

 Ms. Davis is also part of the Wellness team at the Nurture U Wellness in the Rockaways, a consultant for families served by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in Washington, DC, board member of TWW Inc, an arts-in-education nonprofit organization, and member of CATs of Color, Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).