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Sep
22
Sun
Strategies for Ethical Living: Taking Action Against Climate Change
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Strategies for Ethical Living: Taking Action Against Climate Change @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

How do you live ethically on a planet that is under attack? While it is Climate Week at the United Nations and people are coming from all over the world to discuss ways we deal with the impact of climate change, we will pause with Nancy Romer, a longtime local activist, to take stock of all the many ways we can engage in the fight against climate change. Looking at the depth of the challenges before us, Nancy will illustrate how we can take action that matters wherever we are.

Bio
Nancy Romer is a life-long social justice activist starting in the tenants’ rights movement, then the feminist, anti-war, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, union, food justice and, now, climate justice movements.  Nancy is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Brooklyn College, serves on the Administrative Team of the Peoples Climate Movement-NY, Divest NY, and the PSC-CUNY (AFT #2334) Environmental Justice Working Group.  

CALL TO ACTION
Right now you can sign up to get on the mailing list of 350Brooklyn and see what campaigns and activities they are engaged in that you might want to join.  Your participation will be appreciated by others and will help us grow as a community. When you get home today, please go to the Peoples Climate Movement-NY’s website, https://www.pcmny.org/september2019 and choose one event to attend and participate in.  That will help you to inform yourself. The more we know the better we can act.

 

Sep
29
Sun
Finding Freedom Through Making Amends
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Finding Freedom Through Making Amends @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

When we feel burdened by guilt and/or regret over our past behavior, can we find a sense of freedom and release through making amends and changing our behavior?
Inspired by the Jewish tradition each autumn of The Days of Atonement, let us reflect together on the process of taking stock of our actions, making amends where necessary, and, in the process, finding freedom and renewal.
In a colloquy, we gather in a circle and, practice listening to each other without judgment. Colloquies incorporate small group discussion, music, and readings around a particular theme. All are welcome to attend!!

Oct
4
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Oct
6
Sun
Cooperative Economics as an Ethical Practice
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cooperative Economics as an Ethical Practice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Speaker: Rebecca Lurie | Music: DuPree & Barry Kornhauser
How can Ethical Culture contribute to the cooperative economy to be the change we seek in the world? The cooperative economy is a critical lever to all the change we seek in the world. It is both ancient and renewed. Sometimes referred to as the Solidarity Economy or Economic Democracy, and referenced in the Green New Deal, it presents a way to interact in our economic sphere that is grounded in our values and our ethics.

REBECCA LURIE, is a longtime member of the Brooklyn Society. She is an activist for social justice and has made job quality an anchor of her work. She works with cooperatives locally at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, nationally and is a worker-owner at New Deal Home Improvement Company.

Lunch With The Bunch to follow in the Sunroom. Sunday Platforms are a long-standing tradition whithin Ethical Culture to bring light and heat to matters of ethical concerns in a sacred setting.

Oct
11
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Oct
13
Sun
Land Acknowledgement as a practice… and more
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Land Acknowledgement as a practice… and more @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An Indigenous Land or Territorial Acknowledgement is a statement that recognizes the Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and operates in. For some, an Indigenous Land or Territorial Acknowledgement might be an unfamiliar practice, but it is a common protocol within Indigenous communities in the United States and is a standard practice in both Australia and Canada. In this colloquy we will explore the practice and the ethical calling to practice repair and reconciliation with the generations of injustices we stand upon.

Oct
18
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Oct
20
Sun
Reiki and Ethical Culture
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Reiki and Ethical Culture @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Ethical Culture is centered around faith as a belief system devoted to human welfare– Humanism. As Humanists, the study of the self, motivation, and goals are essential to developing the whole person.
Social activism requires a great deal of time and effort for the highest good of others. Helping to foster the vital process of critical thinking about ethical actions, you must take care of your own spirituality. This is the spirituality that Felix Adler promoted in order to move comfortably between self-culture and the ethical culture of “do no harm”. Adler believed spirituality is not associated with any one type of religion or philosophy; it is a quality of soul manifesting itself in a variety of activities and beliefs. Adler was concerned about taking responsibility for our actions, and acknowledging that our 2 actions can make it easier or harder for ourselves and others to be their best, to experience and act on our goodness, to enjoy life.
Nettie Paisley, an Interfaith Minister and Reiki Master will discuss how utilizing the ancient spiritual philosophy from the 5 principles of Reiki can lead to peace during the process of working for the highest good.

Bio:
Nettie Paisley began her career as an adult education teacher in the area of work force development at the State University of New York Educational Opportunity Center in Brooklyn, NY for 30 years.  After retirement, she opened a holistic boutique and wellness center called Southern Comforts on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for four years.  Inspired by the beauty and peace of the holistic practice called Reiki, she became a master and teacher. The loving and nonjudgmental life principles of Reiki lead her into the ministry and a graduate of One Spirit Seminary as an Interfaith Minister, which included an internship with Gethsemane Church in Brooklyn, NY. 

Nettie operated a mentoring program for foster care youth at Lutheran Social Services and work force development at the Brooklyn Public Library among other agencies.  Along with her interfaith ministry, Nettie works as a wellness consultant and practitioner in the areas of Reiki, Qigong and Meditation at SAGE USA, Emblem Health and other sites. She joined the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and was chairperson of the Life and Ethics Committee, which provided fundraising and social outreach for Brooklyn, in particular, Bedford Stuyvesant that led to the adoption of public school PS 44 for six years through the encouragement of then BSEC president, Charley Horwitz. Nettie was also a BSEC board member and is currently a friend of the BSEC. 

Oct
27
Sun
Strategies for Ethical Living: Thinking Globally, Nationally and Locally about WASTE!
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Strategies for Ethical Living: Thinking Globally, Nationally and Locally about WASTE! @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Guest Speaker: Kendall Christiansen
Hear from an expert in the waste industry about the current intricacies of handling materials, products and end-of-life discards.

Kendall Christiansen Bio:
Having collected (and delivered) newspapers as a kid, and worked as a school and church janitor in his teens, Kendall Christiansen became addicted to garbage when he served as founding Assistant Director of NYC’s recycling system in 1989.  He developed a public affairs consulting practice in the field – chairing NYC’s Citywide Recycling Advisory Board, working locally with several companies, and nationally and in Canada for a major client – attending hundreds of national, state/provincial and regional conferences.  In 2016 he refocused on helping NYC’s commercial waste and recycling industry to survive and transform into a 21st century industry.  Kendall has Midwestern roots, and lived @ Prospect Park since 1980 – and with his wife and family in Lefferts Manor for 31 years.  Active on the board of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofits, he’s chaired New York Congregational Community Services/Nursing Center for more than 25 years.

 

Nov
1
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Nov
3
Sun
Ethical Lives and Growing Legacies
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethical Lives and Growing Legacies @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Long-time Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture members share their legacies in ethical practices and what it means to live an ethical life.  They will discuss the roads they have traveled and the challenges they overcame.  They will also, share stories of finding BSEC, what keeps them coming back and their vision for the society for the next generation.

Nov
8
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Nov 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Nov
10
Sun
Howie Hawkins Speaks about the Ecosocialist Green New Deal
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Howie Hawkins Speaks about the Ecosocialist Green New Deal @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Socialism, as a word, use to be a general turn-off in American conversations. However, 2019 has brought certain realities into clear focus: rapacious greed and increased ecological danger cannot be ignored. Moreover, social ineptitude and moral disregard for the general welfare of the people is plainly unacceptable by those in public office, in high or low status, in local or national leadership. Working Americans, particularly, are caught in a vortex of economic pressures carrying the weight of various levels of taxation, medical and other costs with little, if any, relief. Poverty is growing and deepening. The needs of the aged are often completely disregarded. These concerns are not just a urban issues. These problems affect every tier of American society, rural and urban. The only exceptions are to be found in the upper 20% which as a class controls about 90% of America’s wealth.

America is actually in competition with the so-called “Third-World.” America is no longer First World material and we did this to ourselves — or rather our legislative leaders did session after session, generation after generation. Instead of going forward, economically we have climbed our way back to the 1920s, the Guilded Age. Our laws, apparently, were not strong enough to prevent the avariciousness of capitalism which, in addition, to growing and segregating the wealth derived has ruthlessly destroyed and continues to destroy nature’s ecology here and in other parts of the world.

Maybe it is time for all of us to stop following blindly the capitalist model. It’s not going to change! “Today blind relentless economic growth structured into capitalism is destroying the ecological foundations of human society.” In earlier centuries, “socialist thought emphasized building up the productive forces in order to eliminate poverty.” What was wrong with that? Lifting poverty would, in fact, lift the entire social structure of our society and eliminate many of our persistent problems. In our current century, ecosocialism must balance issues and determine not how to produce more, but how to produce enough and distribute those yields to meet the basic needs of all of us within ecological limits.

Bio
Howie Hawkins is a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York. He has been active in movements for civil rights, peace, unions, and the environment since the late 1960s when became committed to independent working-class politics for a democratic, socialist, and ecological society. He was a co-founder of the US Green Party in 1984. In 2010, he was the first US candidate to campaign for a Green New Deal when he ran his first of three campaigns for New York governor.

Nov
15
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Nov
17
Sun
Flower Power plans to save the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Flower Power plans to save  the Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

With guest speakers:

Julia Bryant, member of the legal team for MTOPP and FLAC; also committee member for Parks and Recreations for Committee Board 9
LaShaun Ellis, member of the legal team for MTOPP and FLAC
Janine Nichols, member of the legal team/occasional petitioner; also the proud Secretary of the Sullivan-Ludlam-Stoddard Neighborhood Assn.

Movement to Protect the People and Flower Lovers against Corruption are two grassroots organizations that commenced a lawsuit against The City of New York, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Cornell Realty Management. The lawsuits challenge the fact that 18 lots of land near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden were rezoned without an Environmental Impact Statement. The lawsuit is ongoing.

Nov
24
Sun
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This inter-generational festival of appreciation is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time member of Brooklyn Ethical who has been granted permission by Native American elders to perform rituals honoring our earth and its bounty. Through song, dance and story, Remi will lead us in this seasonal favorite for children and adults alike. Please bring a dish to share. Open to the public as always.

Platform meeting is followed by Munch With the Bunch, an opportunity to share coffee, snacks, and conversation with others.

Dec
1
Sun
Who Are You? Looking at Identity Inside and Outside
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Who Are You? Looking at Identity Inside and Outside @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Led by Sarah Zahntecher
Our identity has many facets and this exercise will show us one of them. How do we think of ourselves? What are some of the characteristics that define us?
[In a colloquy, we gather in a circle and practice listening to each other without judgment. Colloquies incorporate small group discussions, music, and listening around a particular theme.]

Dec
6
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
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.

Dec
7
Sat
All Ages Game Day
Dec 7 @ 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, December 7th.
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:
https://forms.gle/jbm5tR3QMwghEx7X6

Dec
8
Sun
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.

Bio:
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.