Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Dec 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
School Integration As a Step Toward a Sustainable Future with Shino Takinawa
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
School Integration As a Step Toward a Sustainable Future with Shino Takinawa @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Although racism, capitalism and climate change (or the fate of the planet) are tightly intertwined, most of us work in separate spheres to address issues or develop solutions. However, problems that ail our society, be it racism, economic inequity, environmental degradation, or changing climate, all stem from “the system” that is rooted in racism to serve the white patriarchy (a.k.a., western European hegemony or the 1%).

Shino Takinawa will share her journey as a school integration advocate on the Community Education Council District 2 and how school integration relates to the larger societal issues of economic inequities and climate change. She will talk about what an integrated school is and the connection between integrated schools and dismantling racism.

Shino Takinawa’s day job is as Executive Director of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District (a very small government agency in NYC). In her “spare time” she is a public school advocate serving on Community Education Council District 2 (a.k.a., local school board), and a school integration and anti-racism activist. She has a loving husband (married 35 years), two daughters and 4 cats and lives in Manhattan.

Lucy’s Children Meeting
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
Lucy’s Children is 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 Fridays 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. Please contact one of the members for information on how to join the group.

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.

Winter Solstice – Bring Light
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Solstice - Bring Light @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Many cultures and faiths honor this time with lights. Come together. Light a candle, let us send light to a world that needs it so much these days.
We begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30 pm, with social time afterward. If you can, bring a snack to share.