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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.

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.

Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Aug 25 @ 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.

Brooklyn Society Writers
Aug 25 @ 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 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.”`

Aug
26
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Book Club @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
This group is a place where we read and discuss books by black authors.  The result is a discussion which helps us express both personal and systemic acts of racism, privilege, and economic self-interest in the United States.  It is a place to learn and contribute in an emotionally safe environment.
The next Racial Justice Book Group meeting is Monday, August 26th, from 6 – 8 pm on the second floor at BSEC.  This month the group decided to discuss Kicked Off the Land | The New Yorker.
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.

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.

Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Sep 8 @ 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
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Sep 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.

Brooklyn Society Writers
Sep 8 @ 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
Sep 8 @ 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
12
Thu
Cooperation Jackson Solidarity Meet-up
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cooperation Jackson Solidarity Meet-up @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Meeting to discuss the critical role of Cooperation Jackson in fighting gentrification and austerity, new developments in Mississippi, and the possibility of building a solidarity campaign in New York and beyond.

 

Sep
13
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting – Case Study of Racial Conflict at a School Meeting
Sep 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting - Case Study of Racial Conflict at a School Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
Topic this week: Case Study of Racial Conflict at a School Meeting
Note: mediation scenario adopted for general discussion

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of each month from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Sep
15
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Sep 15 @ 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 – Ages 3 to16yo
Sep 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.

Put Your Mask on First: Parenting/Caregiving and Self Care
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Put Your Mask on First: Parenting/Caregiving and Self Care @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Many of us have heard an airline steward ask that in case of emergency we are to put on our masks first before tending to children or helping others. However, most parents and caregivers are not taught to take care of themselves first. Therefore when a crisis strikes, we are met with roadblocks to self-care, which in turn impact our youth and loved ones. Gena Jefferson, Founder and Executive Director of JAIA: Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, shares how we can lay the foundation for promoting self-awareness and self-care even in the midst of life’s challenges.

Gena C. Jefferson, LCSW, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Life Coach, Performer.

After serving 22 years in the NYC Public School system as a Teacher and Social Worker, Gena founded her private practice Psychotherapy and Consulting Company GJefferson Counseling Svcs. Also, within that same year, 2010, she founded “JAIA: Just As I Am Youth Empowerment”.
JAIA is a personal and spiritual development leadership program for teens and young adults ages 13-24.  JAIA’s mission is to empower youth/young adults towards self-mastery, service &leadership through the use ofUniversal Life Principles and Mindfulnesstechniques, for the purpose of encouraging mental health & promoting positive youth development.
Gena has Master Degrees, in Special Education, Educational Administration and Social Work from varied institutions. She was ordained by the Interfaith Council of New York, and holds a Certification in Spiritual Life Coaching from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development.
Gena has served as an Adjunct Professor/Part-Time Lecturer at Columbia University, Fordham University and teaches currently at Rutgers University.

Gena is passionate about creating environments where people feel safe, empowered and free to express their individuality and to live their very best life! 

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Sep 15 @ 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.”`