Coloquy – Martin Luther King Jr
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Coloquy - Martin Luther King Jr @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a conversation colloquy about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will have a discussion on facts and trivia e.g. MLK Jr. could have been named Michael. Is it a fact that MLK was assassinated on April 4, 1968? Who is known as Daddy King? Is AD King related to MLK Jr.’s family? We will share information and reveal trivia.

Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 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 Ogunleye 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 ( $25 at the door)
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$10 for adults and teens accompanying a child.( $15 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.

The Encampment for Citizenship – An Experience in Participatory Democracy
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Encampment for Citizenship - An Experience in Participatory Democracy @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of 2 citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed that young people could be a positive force in their communities if they developed critical thinking skills, youth activism, leadership qualities, and the courage to break free from stereotypes. Eleanor Roosevelt, long-time chair of The Encampment board of sponsors, often hosted students for discussions, workshops and barbeques at her Hyde Park estate. When the program was attacked by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she defended it vigorously. “The reason I think these Encampments are so important,” she wrote, “is that they are attended by citizens of different races and groups. They prepare people for thinking in terms of all people and not in terms of a selected few. Not only we in the U.S., but people all over the world, need young people trained to be good citizens with an ability to think with an open mind.”

Anne Klaeysen recently retired as Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where she served since 2008. She continues to be Humanist Chaplain at New York University and Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, and teaches at the Center for Education  (formerly the Humanist Institute) of American Humanist Association. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College.

Newcomers Supper
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomers Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

Curious about the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and what we do?
If you’ve been wondering about the Brooklyn Ethical society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.
Join us for a tour of our building, share a meal with us, listen to live music, learn about our groups and programs and ask questions.
This will be a great opportunity to hear more about the experiences of our members and find out how your passions connect with BSEC programs and committees. We would love to see you there!
Please, RSVP below:
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Refreshments and food will be provided.
Cost: Free
(RSVP required by Thursday, January 30th.)


Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Lana Dee Povitz and Kathy Goldman
Presider: Rebecca Lurie
Featuring Music by:
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

Author Lana Dee Povitz talks with the book’s most featured protagonist, Kathy Goldman. The stories touch the range of free school lunch, breakfast and summer food programs to the origins of the Park Slope Food Coops and God’s Love, We Deliver. Feeding people in need may seem like a charitable act. And getting good food to people at good prices may be part of a sustainable practice. But the book and the stories go further to illustrate that when done in connection to the broader view of our unjust political and economic system, getting people fed is directly tied to a movement to end poverty and for economic justice. We will explore through a personal lens what we can do when we espouse notions of “good food”.

Visit to purchase a copy of Stirrings, use discount code 01DAH40.

Celebrate Lantern Festival 2020
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrate Lantern Festival 2020 @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Ever imagine that you can make your own lanterns? We will do it together and light up the out-door garden of BSEC. Using wires and paper, you can create a Rat lantern to celebrate the new year, or design your own.
The Lantern Festival cannot be completed without tang yuan, aka. sticky rice balls. We will taste some and learn to make your own.

The hands-on activities will have choices for different ages from 1 and 99. We strongly encourage parents and grandparents to roll up your sleeves with your little ones.
Take the lantern and rice ball on the way back home.


Special thanks to Ethical Living Committee at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chinese Book Garden.

Resistance and Resilience
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Resistance and Resilience @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The presentation will provide a brief timeline on enslavement and legislated freedom in New York State; the perils of life in the North; first-hand accounts of people who were fugitives from Slavery in Brooklyn; the honorable self-help of Louis Napoleon, the Committee of Vigilance, the Brooklyn African Woolman Society, and others; the actual place of white allies, trauma in enslavement; the importance of healing and recognizing inherited trauma that may still be in place within and suggested steps to release in order to go forward in greater freedom and similar suggested approaches for people of other races to truly open their hearts and fully become allies, resulting in greater freedom for all.

Organization: Member, Library & History Committee of the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Valentine Art Making for All (Individuals, Couples, Families, and Friends)
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Valentine Art Making for All (Individuals, Couples, Families, and Friends) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
On February 11th individuals, couples, families, and friends are all invited to join together to celebrate love and creativity in this unique art-making workshop! Come make artwork for yourself or to gift a loved one. No previous experience required. 
As a creative community, we will come together to learn a bit about the Contemporary Artist Jim Dine and his use of hearts within his art. Using Dine’s works as inspiration, we will use a combination of printmaking and collage to create our own heart filled art. 
This project is designed to be suitable and successful for any age, preschoolers to adult, and any experience level. Special needs families welcome. Participants will be able to choose if their final product will be in card form or a mounted work. 
Angel Thompson is an artist, educator, writer and mother. She is a seasoned teaching artist with over a decade of experience working in communities throughout NYC. She is the co-author of Quick and Creative Art Projects for Creative Therapists with (Very) Limited Budgets. She is also a homeschool mom, loving the chance to learn together with her amazing 9yr old daughter.

$20 for adults
$15 for Teens and kids (16 and under)

Please click here to sign up for workshop


Exploring the Green New Deal – free study group
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Exploring the Green New Deal - free study group @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture with the Center for Critical Thought are holding a bi-weekly study/do group on the Green New Deal, exploring issues of both climate and economic justice. Together we aim to develop approaches to offer students and teachers for learning activities and school curriculum. Special attention will go to NYC high school students and teachers with attention to both NYC and global policies and politics.
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Please RSVP below:

John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859), A Catalyst for Change
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859), A Catalyst for Change @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Americans, perhaps more than other nationals, want to believe the best about their country.  The prevailing historical norms generally point to people who stand with little ambiguity relative to the “big picture” of what is America and what is espoused as its founding principles.  It is a rosy and romantic stroll down history’s lane ignoring anything that interferes with that idyll.  Contemporarily and in retrospect, a review of John Brown strikes at the heart of that romantic picture.  Our attention is directed to the oft-ignored undertow which gave the plantations their magnolia fragrance, their courtly life with their extravagant balls.  Clearly, this life allowed some groups to become embedded local elites, their representatives flagrantly exercising their will fostering supportive national policies and steering the economic direction of the country to serve their ultimate interests.  The obvious crux of the matter was African slavery.   John Brown vowed to destroy it and the hope, of course, is that others would rally to the cause.  In anticipation, John Brown moved towards the inevitable showdown, first in Kansas and then at Harper’s Ferry.  Then it was over with his execution, but was it?  Eleven months later, the election of Abraham Lincoln sent the South to paroxysms and by March, the states that had been united had become undone. 

While She Waits for The Freedom – In honor of Ida B. Wells
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
While She Waits for The Freedom - In honor of Ida B. Wells

2020- African Americans and the Vote
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.  The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. In honor of Ida B. Wells we will present a variety of African American voices.

This program is run by the Brooklyn Society Writers Group, which was started in 2007 and meets the 2nd and the 4th Sunday of each month at 1PM to write together.

Social Justice Book Club
Feb 24 @ 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 following link is the article about antisemitism that’s the reading for February.  It’s 44 pages long and the next meeting is on February 24th in the basement at BSEC.

All Ages Game Day
Feb 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
All Ages Game Day @ 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 Day, Saturday, February 29th from 3-5pm..
All are welcome, including 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:

Creating a Bullying Free Culture
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Research shows that bullying can have severe and lasting consequences; emotional, mental, and academic. In extreme cases, bullying is often a factor in school shootings and youth suicides. Sadly, statistics show that bullying is on the rise in America.

Head shot of Melissa Schulz

Join us in this engaging discussion on how bullying is a cultural issue and what we can all do to help eradicate it. This workshop is ideal for parents, guardians, caretakers, grandparents, educators, and anyone else who interacts with young people.

Melissa Schulz, EVP at GrayWolf Consulting, is a leadership & development trainer, executive coach, public speaker, and harassment/bullying prevention expert. She has a proven track record of developing strong leaders and high-performing teams. Melissa has worked with a variety of clients across many sectors (communications, healthcare, non-profit, tech, financial, retail, and education), and at multiple stages of their careers. Melissa also trains and coaches for No Bully, a non-profit that is working to eradicate bullying in schools K-12. Through No Bully, Melissa works with school administrators, teachers, staff and even parents on addressing the issue of bullying, helping to create safe and respectful environments where children can focus on learning. In addition to her professional life, Melissa enjoys being a mom to her amazing and spirited young daughter.

Live music performed by DuPree and Barry Kornhauser.