Calendar

Jul
14
Sun
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

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.

The Art of Dying
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am

In June of last year, Shatzi Weisberger, at age 88, gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive.  (Over 100 people came, including a reporter and photographer from The New York Times and there was a front page story in the Sunday section and then a follow-up article the next day.)  This Sunday Colloquy will be in a workshop format where people will be invited to share their experiences, their fears, their hopes for their own end of life and for their loved ones. Shatzi will share her process, what she has learned, the changes that she has gone through, where she is now and what she is still eager to learn more about. Included will be a chance to learn about the med/tech system, palliative care, hospice, end of life doulas, green burials, medically assisted death, death cafes, etc.

Music:
This program will have special participation by the Brooklyn women’s Chorus.

 

BIO
Shatzi Weisberger was an RN for 47 years.  Now, in retirement, she is a Death Educator.  She took a five month Art of Dying Thanatology Certification Course at The Open Center as well as a Hospice Program with  NYC Visiting Nurse Service. She has been conducting a monthly Death Cafe for the past two years. In June, last year, she gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive. She joins the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus every Tuesday at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture where she brings out the best!

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Aug 18 @ 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.”`

Aug
25
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Aug 25 @ 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.

Exploring Ethical Culture
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Exploring Ethical Culture @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Founded by Dr. Felix Adler in 1876, the Ethical Culture Movement was created to be a fellowship of people who seek clarification of the values of life and a faith to live by. Ethical Culture cherishes the freedom of the mind and freedom of conscience. There is an affirmation of worth, dignity, and possibilities for every individual.

Come join us as we share in a journey of discovery about Ethical Culture and its place in our world.

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Aug 25 @ 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.”`

Sep
1
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Sep 1 @ 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.

The Role Of Work In Our Lives
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Role Of Work In Our Lives @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The day before Labor Day we will explore the role of work in our lives.  Through work we create and re-create the world, but the way work is treated in our society alienates us from our creativity.   We will explore ways we can move towards a world that exalts the creative process and values the work which is part of each of our lives.

A colloquy is an intimate circle that allows for deep listening and sharing around a topic.

Carl Levine, the facilitator, “works” in many ways including, among others, as a lawyer representing working people and their unions, and as a traditional dance caller.  He is a longtime member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Sep 1 @ 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.”`

Sep
8
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Sep 8 @ 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.

Ethics for Children Free Trial Class- Ages 3 to16yo
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Free Trial Class- Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Sign up for our free trial class!
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Stay Woke @ BSEC with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stay Woke @ BSEC with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Please join us for “STAY WOKE @ BSEC” – the opening Platform of the 2019-2020 season at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Sunday, September 8 at 11 AM. The Ethics for Children sign-in begins at 10:30 AM and registrations are open. We invite neighbors and friends with children from 3 to 16 for a trial class with us.

Opening Platform Speaker: NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

We are delighted that NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will be our guest speaker at our opening Platform at 11 AM. The Public Advocate is that government official who champions the many issues facing all New Yorkers. The Advocate monitors the operation of all public information and service complaint programs of city agencies and makes proposals for improvement.

This Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams is the activist advocate. Recently he was arrested at the state capitol during a protest demanding reforms to the state’s rent regulations. He joined HousingJustice4All to fight for universal rent control which he has long organized for. In 2018, Jumaane was arrested for protesting the detention by ICE of immigrant-rights activist Ravi Ragbir. He was also arrested for protesting President Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.  “When I was running for public advocate,” says Jumaane, “a lot of people asked if I would continue doing disobedience and I said, ‘Certainly, if it makes sense’.”

Jacque DuPree and Barry Kornhauser bring back their inspirational music to our Platforms and we will share some of the ambitious and critical programming that we are planning for this season.

Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams wants to hear our questions and concerns. Please share our enthusiasm with your friends, neighbors and network for a commanding commencement of another year of ethical engagement.