Calendar

Jun
9
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
(10:00-10:20 Meditation with brief instruction, 10:20-10:30 Walking Meditation, 10:30-10:50 Meditation)
Participants can choose to do one 20 min meditation, or do both.
Located in the Library
Free of charge
Members Passion
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am
Members Passion @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
An annual event!
 
We all have something we love that is worth sharing with others!. You are   invited to share a passion of yours at platform ( for about 5 min.) e.g,  singing or leading a song; playing a musical instrument; reading poems or an essay; showing  your  artwork; leading a brief meditation; sharing a hobby that you love; sharing a cause you believe in; your favorite recipe. The Sky Is The Limit!
We will also set up display tables if you have a passion you would like to display.
This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other in new ways!
( if you are not yet a member of BSEC but would like to participate you are warmly invited to, time permitting.)
If you are interested please contact Tasha Paley <tashapal@gmail.com>
We hope you’ll join us for this stimulating, warm, and ever-popular event!
Ethics for Children Class
Jun 9 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

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: 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

Jun
16
Sun
Juneteenth Celebration
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am
Juneteenth Celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Guest Speaker:
Prof. Izell Glover
The Renaissance of the African American Cowboy

Presider:
Sister Rita Wilson

Music:
DuPree & Barry Kornhouser

Please come and examine work that best reflects love for the heritage of a rich and proud people. Graphic illustration series on the Black cowboy visually reaffirms Izell Glover’s noted devotion to tracing and documenting the Black experience.

Graphic artist Izell Glover, has contributed to the African American Culture of Black Western Art. He has been the recipient of scores of art and civic awards and citations. His commitment to the promotion and exploration of Black American culture and art is evident in the detailed historical realism of many of his works. His artwork is full of the colors, symbols, and images of Black life.

DuPree’s “soaring contralto voice, powerful vibrato and melodious yodeling grip the listener with hope for humanity; her songs evoke the haunting quality of a longing for truth and an inquiry into the different shades of justice.”

Barry Kornhauser was born in the Midwest of the Bronx and presently lives in Brooklyn. He is a composer, arranger,
teacher and multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, bass guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments.
He has collaborated with DuPree as an accompanist since the early 90’s.

Lunch With The Bunch to follow in the Sunroom.

Sunday Platforms are a long-standing tradition whithin Ethical Culture to bring light and heat to matters of ethical concerns in a formal setting.

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 16 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

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: 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

Jun
23
Sun
Ethics for Children – Stepping Up Ceremony
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

The students in our Ethics for Children program are excited to celebrate this year of learning adventures at our annual Stepping Up ceremony!
All classes will have a little something to present as we share what we worked on this year and prepare for the coming year. DuPree will grace us with her beautiful music.
Show your support for our young generation of ethical thinkers by coming to celebrate with us.

EVERYONE is encouraged to come, including friends and family. All classes will have a little something to share. This year’s ceremony will be held at Poly Prep. Please bring a dish to share if you can.

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 23 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

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: 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

Jun
30
Sun
Come watch “Milk” in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am
Come watch "Milk" in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month we will be showing the film “Milk”

Milk is a 2008 film about Harvey Milk, a politician and activist who became the first openly gay man elected to major public office in the United States. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.

” Tonight, it’s become clear to everyone out there that they do know one of us, and now that they do, they can see that we are not sick. They can feel that we are not wrong. And they know that there must be, that there should be a place for us in this great country, in this world. A message of hope has been sent to all those young people, to all of those who have been afraid by this wave of hate, to all of those who have lost their homes, lost their hometowns. Tonight, we are clear that there is a place for us! My brothers and sisters, we can come home again.”

His life changed history. His courage changed lives

Film showing BSEC 11AM-12:30PM
Munch with the bunch at 12:30
1PM discussion

Jul
7
Sun
Emancipation and Juneteenth
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
Emancipation and Juneteenth @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Description coming soon…

Jul
14
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
(10:00-10:20 Meditation with brief instruction, 10:20-10:30 Walking Meditation, 10:30-10:50 Meditation)
Participants can choose to do one 20 min meditation, or do both.
Located in the Library
Free of charge
Stewarding our land at 53 PPW
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am
Stewarding our land at 53 PPW @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for this colloquy where we will explore the meaning of stewarding property in these times. At 53 Prospect West, we have a historic building with NYC Landmark status. We have an old house that needs constant upkeep. We see several hundred people a week in and out our doors and on our lawn for a range of activities all while we lack accessibility for wheelchair users and others. Here we care for the earth and the human community who enters.

Considering all our values and assets together, we invite you to this circle to consider deeply how we carry the responsibility of managing land and our building at 53 PPW.

This colloquy is offered by longtime member Rebecca Lurie as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Jul
21
Sun
The Person in the Mirror – A Workshop on Exploring Ethics
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am
The Person in the Mirror - A Workshop on Exploring Ethics @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An introspective, gentle, and brave look in the mirror while taking steady steps toward building more ethical community practices.

Please join us for a workshop style gathering to:
1. Discuss our guiding principles
2. Review ethical dilemmas
3. Make personal commitments to take action steps towards ethical growth.

…We grow ethically by increasing our capacity for bringing out the best in others and ourselves.

Jul
25
Thu
Evening On The Green New Deal
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm
Evening On The Green New Deal @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

When Alexandria Ocasio Cortez proposed in the House of Representatives a Bill, THE GREEN NEW DEAL, as road map for a healthier, more democratically cooperative, equal and kind, American political economy, a possible vision built on a century’s worth of activism was born, and many of us took notice.

The conversation amongst neighbors about these issues kept expanding and has grown to become the Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Neighbors for a Green New Deal Planning Committee, committed to building out our own understanding of these issues as they apply to our lives here while taking a healthy look around our neighborhoods and figuring out from a block/neighborhood perspective what can be done in Windsor Terrace and Park Slope to make it a better place.

You are a member of Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Neighbors for A Green New Deal if you live here and we need you to join with us in building out a collaborative effort to make our homes and blocks better places for all its residents to live.

The Sunrise Movement is a nationally organized mass movement committed to the activism necessary for a successful transformation to a Green New America in 10 years. (SunriseMovement.org)
Co-sponsored by the Ethical Living Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.

Jul
28
Sun
Child Welfare Systems Integration with Tom Castelnuovo
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am
Child Welfare Systems Integration with Tom Castelnuovo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Children in Foster Care and Families receiving Preventive Services are supported by multiple NY State, NYC and not for profit agency computer systems. BSEC member Tom Castelnuovo will explain how Federal, State, City and Agency representatives are now working to integrate these systems and where this 21st century process fits in the history of ethical initiatives.

BIO:
Tom Castelnuovo has been a member of BSEC since 2006, serving as Board Treasurer for 9 years. He is now treasurer of the American Ethical Union.
Professionally, Tom has served as a consultant developing New York’s Parking Violations and Special Education Systems, Director of Computer Systems and services for what is now the Administration for Children’s Services, IT Director for Graham Windham Services and now as Director of Data Management for SCO Family of Services. He has been a member of the NY State Connections committee since 1994 and started and now chairs something called the COFCCA-CCWIS committee, which he will describe in his talk. Tom has BS and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT and an MBA from Yale.

Aug
4
Sun
What Forgiveness Looks Like
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am
What Forgiveness Looks Like @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What Forgiveness Looks Like is a beautiful piece with an amazing variety of artists that also supports a cause and changes lives. The show depicts what forgiveness looks like to different children after tragedy strikes in their lives. The founder of JungleDom, Simba Sandra Yangala was inspired to write the show by four children who live in the Congo, whom she supports spiritually and financially. These children have been abused in every sense of the word and will be represented as a Thinker, Dreamer, Singer, and Dancer. Proceeds from the show will be going to support the children’s visa fees, travel and allow them to have a life filled with opportunity and light.

Aug
11
Sun
Climate Reality- Amplified!
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Climate Reality- Amplified! @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come be part of a multimedia event with a purpose: Climate Reality Project ‘Amplified’ (of V.P. Al Gore Climate slides) featuring a ‘live’ DJ + social media.
The Multi-Media + “live’ Music + Audience Participation Presentation of the CLIMATE Crisis & Solutions ‘slides’, curated by CATE ROGERS, Chair of the Peconic Chapter C.R.P., was created by Kathleen Kirkwood, founder of the B.R.A. TM Recycling Agency.
Suggested donation: $10

Brooklyn Society Writers
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 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 might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table. The topics at our first three meetings were sexual harassment, gentrification and possibilities for attracting Trump’s base of support.”`

Climate Reality- Amplified! (Performance Edition)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Climate Reality- Amplified! (Performance Edition) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come be part of a multimedia event with a purpose: Climate Reality Project ‘Amplified’ (of V.P. Al Gore Climate slides) featuring a ‘live’ DJ + social media.
The Multi-Media + “live’ Music + Audience Participation Presentation of the CLIMATE Crisis & Solutions ‘slides’, curated by CATE ROGERS, Chair of the Peconic Chapter C.R.P., was created by Kathleen Kirkwood, founder of the B.R.A. TM Recycling Agency.

Click here to reserve your ticket!

Suggested donation: $10

Aug
18
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 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 Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.