Calendar

Jul
3
Sun
Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

On July 5, 1852, the great orator Frederick Douglass delivered a speech on the “Meaning of the Fourth of July,” now considered one of the best speeches of the 19th century.  Twelve years before the Civil War, and speaking as a man who had escaped enslavement, he pondered the meaning of celebrating independence when many were not free, were not even considered full human beings and citizens.

Join us as we listen to excerpts from the speech, and then consider together the impact of Douglass’ words not only on his audience in 1852 but on us today.  How relevant are his words in today’s American culture?  Our hope is that we are a place where we can have conversations about race, racism and racial justice that just aren’t happening very many places.

Oct
28
Fri
5th Annual Pledge Dinner
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
5th Annual Pledge Dinner @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Society

Please join us for an evening of food and fun to celebrate the past and present of our community.
Please consider coming in costume, dressed as your favorite character or individual.
To RSVP, please click HERE.
We hope to see you there!

Nov
12
Sat
Cold Process Herbal Soapmaking Workshop
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cold Process Herbal Soapmaking Workshop @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Cold Process Herbal Soapmaking Handmade soap is a traditional craft that dates back to ancient times and across cultures. Learn the cold process method using pure plant based oils, beneficial herbs and clays and pure essential oils. Customize your soap with ingredients that are beneficial for particular skin types. We will explore a variety of plants and minerals that can be used for their therapeutic properties as well as fragrance, color and exfoliation.

Each participant will craft and take home two bars of soap, along with the information and resources to make your own soap at home. Liz Scholl is a certified Master Herbalist and owner of Blue Lotus Botanicals Herbal Apothecary, a line of beneficial, herbal products for the body made from locally sourced and organically grown ingredients. She has taught at the New York Botanical Garden, Frelinghuysen Arboretum and many adult schools in the NYC area.
For information, please contact:
liz@bluelotusbotanicals.com

Feb
5
Sun
Platform Meeting – Not a Fit Place: Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Not a Fit Place: Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Honoring Black History Month: Black women were among the courageous many who opposed the institution of slavery in America and worked for its end.  They fought not only slavery, but assumptions that the speaker’s lectern was an unfit place for a woman, especially if the audience was mixed men and women, and assumptions that African Americans and former slaves were not fit for mixed racial company.  Hear about some of the lesser-known women abolitionists (including Frances E. W. Harper and Charlotte Forten Grimké), plus a few most have heard of and can learn more about (Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth), and their contributions to the anti-slavery movement of their day.

Jul
7
Fri
Game Night at BSEC
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Game Night at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Prospect Park Board Gaming Club is a place to meet new people, drink good beer, and – of course – play board games. We have Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, BANG!, Arctic Scavengers, Cards Against Humanity, Cosmic Encounters, and a bunch of others.

 

Dec
31
Sun
New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve on the Park @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.
View the fireworks from the garden. Enjoy a campfire with mulled cider, homemade Cha Cha Chili, snacks, beer, wine and champagne cocktails. Dancing with DJ Lobotomy Copter.

Tickets include one food ticket, two drinks and 1 free glass of champagne at midnight.
$40 advance purchase
$50 at the door.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).
To buy tickets, please click here.

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Prospect Park Board Gaming Club.

Dec
31
Mon
New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2018 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 2:00 am

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.

Be warm watching the Prospect Park fireworks in B.S.E.C’s beautiful garden and landmark meeting house. Make some Smores beside our outdoor firepit, enjoy our famous “Cha Cha” Chili (vegan and carnivore), drink some wine and beer, bring in midnight with a champagne toast, and start the new year with a drum circle or some post-firework dancing.

We welcome all identities, families, ages, and backgrounds.
Please RSVP by December 21st for childcare.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).

$50.00 includes unlimited food, 2 drinks, champagne toast and desserts. Proceeds support our Building Accessibility Campaign.
$60 at the door

Eventbrite - New Year's Eve on the Park - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture