Calendar

Apr
14
Sun
I Hear Voices
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
I Hear Voices @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Brooklyn Society Writers will celebrate Poetry month by presenting different voices. Join us for poems, music, flash fiction. We’ll be sure to give your mind much to ponder and provoke cerebellum thoughts. Be prepared for serious matters, good humor, and provocative thoughts.

Apr
21
Sun
The Elusive Art of Wholeness
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am

While wholeness is not complete without human connections, there are also many ways in which we can work on our own healing and wholeness.  It’s more art than science though science can provide some insights.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on some key questions: What do we need to do to help ourselves become more whole?  To promote wholeness and healing in others?

Our Ethics Matters theme for April is wholeness; the practice of repairing what is broken or wounded, and knowing we are enough.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Apr
28
Sun
Atheism and the Alt-Right: A Horrible Confluence
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am

The atheist community is often assumed be liberal. But in the past decades, prominent atheist and self-styled “pro-science” writers like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the late Christopher Hitchens have embraced views on race, gender, and Islam promulgated by the two overlapping wings of the alt-right, the misogynist “men’s rights movement” and white nationalism. And the alt-right has made a concerted effort to organize atheists, especially men. How can progressive atheists and humanists fight this very disturbing trend?

Atheism and Alt Right words in images

Images from Adobe, used with permission

About the speaker: Donna Minkowitz is a writer and journalist. A former columnist for the Village Voice, she has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and New York magazine. Since 2017, she has researched and reported on the white nationalist movement extensively for The Nation, Slate, and Political Research Associates.

Our Ethics Matters theme for April is wholeness; the practice of repairing what is broken or wounded, and knowing we are enough.

Our Sunday platform meetings begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  Check the calendar for other Sunday events on most Sundays, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Check the calendar for other opportunities for growth and community most Sundays at 9 and 10 a.m.

May
5
Sun
Five Hundred Million What?
May 5 @ 11:00 am

“Five Hundred Million What?”  In the story of The Little Prince, the prince encounters a businessman who is counting objects: those glittering objects in the sky, counting them in order to own them and get rich selling them.  Speaker: Jone Johnson Lewis.  Music: DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

How often in our lives do we use our curiosity to see beyond the usefulness of objects, of people, of ideas, worried that we’ll lose track of our counting if we stop to enjoy, to question, to be in relationship?

Funny Burrowing owl Athene cunicularia tilts its head outside its burrow on Marco Island, Florida

(c) Adobe, used under license.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on how we might grow our appreciation of others, ourselves, and the world we live in, by seeing beyond just mere usefulness.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

May
12
Sun
Ethical Permaculture Inter-generational Care for the Earth Platform
May 12 @ 11:00 am
Ethical Permaculture Inter-generational Care for the Earth Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Please join us for a whole community event with the Ethics for Children Program where we explore… What are the many ways people can join together to care for our Community and Our Earth?
We will start with a short platform and then move to a choice of intergenerational activities. We will share action, service and stories, plant and tend our garden, make art and crafts, prepare healthy foods for lunch, and play and learn.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

May
19
Sun
Pandora’s Box
May 19 @ 11:00 am

Curiosity has both a positive and a negative side.  Failure to be curious can lead to a failure of empathy for others, to understanding them as they are and not as we assume they are or should be.  When faced with fear, failure to engage our curiosity can keep us stuck.  Yet curiosity can bring us trouble, as well.  Consider the myth of Pandora, whose curiosity unleashed, according to the story, the evils of the world: sadness, poverty, misery, disease, and death. And there’s the old adage about “curiosity killed the cat.”

Lady in green antique dress opening box on white background

(c) Adobe, used under license

Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on how we might nurture informed curiosity in our children and ourselves.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

May
26
Sun
Memorial Day Colloquy: What Are We A Voice For?
May 26 @ 11:00 am
Memorial Day Colloquy: What Are We A Voice For? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Tasha Paley, facilitator
In this gathering, we will consider our legacies.  This applies to what we leave behind for others AND how we live our lives – what we are the voice for, what values inform our actions, how we want to impact those around us.
We will gather together in a circle to address these questions. We will have time for large group sharing and small group break outs for reflection. We will have available to us the use of art/collage materials and writing materials for those who choose to use them.

A colloquy is an opportunity to gather together in an intimate and informal circle to listen to, share with, and honor each other

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Jun
2
Sun
Passing on the Patchwork Quilt
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am

This is the last platform address for the Society’s Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis.  She will reflect on the nature of Ethical Culture Leadership, and the community will have an opportunity to say good-bye.  (Jone will be available by phone and email, and in person by mutual agreement, through June 30.  She will be at the AEU Assembly the week of June 23.) Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser. Annual membership meeting with board elections etc. follows the platform.

Many colored patchwork and applique quilt

ID 22123099 © Eladora | Dreamstime.com

A metaphor for the leadership of an Ethical Society is the patchwork quilt. Many before have taken it up and worked on it, then laid it down for others to pick up. In this transition, too, Jone lays down the quilt she has lovingly worked on for these years we’ve spent together, and it will be up to the Society to determine how that work continues into the future.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Jun
9
Sun
Members Passion
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am
Members Passion @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
An annual event!
 
We all have something we love that is worth sharing with others!. You are   invited to share a passion of yours at platform ( for about 5 min.) e.g,  singing or leading a song; playing a musical instrument; reading poems or an essay; showing  your  artwork; leading a brief meditation; sharing a hobby that you love; sharing a cause you believe in; your favorite recipe. The Sky Is The Limit!
We will also set up display tables if you have a passion you would like to display.
This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other in new ways!
( if you are not yet a member of BSEC but would like to participate you are warmly invited to, time permitting.)
If you are interested please contact Tasha Paley <tashapal@gmail.com>
We hope you’ll join us for this stimulating, warm, and ever-popular event!
Jun
16
Sun
Juneteenth Celebration
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am
Juneteenth Celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Guest Speaker:
Prof. Izell Glover
The Renaissance of the African American Cowboy

Presider:
Sister Rita Wilson

Music:
DuPree & Barry Kornhouser

Please come and examine work that best reflects love for the heritage of a rich and proud people. Graphic illustration series on the Black cowboy visually reaffirms Izell Glover’s noted devotion to tracing and documenting the Black experience.

Graphic artist Izell Glover, has contributed to the African American Culture of Black Western Art. He has been the recipient of scores of art and civic awards and citations. His commitment to the promotion and exploration of Black American culture and art is evident in the detailed historical realism of many of his works. His artwork is full of the colors, symbols, and images of Black life.

DuPree’s “soaring contralto voice, powerful vibrato and melodious yodeling grip the listener with hope for humanity; her songs evoke the haunting quality of a longing for truth and an inquiry into the different shades of justice.”

Barry Kornhauser was born in the Midwest of the Bronx and presently lives in Brooklyn. He is a composer, arranger,
teacher and multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, bass guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments.
He has collaborated with DuPree as an accompanist since the early 90’s.

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 formal setting.

Jun
23
Sun
Ethics for Children – Stepping Up Ceremony
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

The students in our Ethics for Children program are excited to celebrate this year of learning adventures at our annual Stepping Up ceremony!
All classes will have a little something to present as we share what we worked on this year and prepare for the coming year. DuPree will grace us with her beautiful music.
Show your support for our young generation of ethical thinkers by coming to celebrate with us.

EVERYONE is encouraged to come, including friends and family. All classes will have a little something to share. This year’s ceremony will be held at Poly Prep. Please bring a dish to share if you can.

Jun
30
Sun
Come watch “Milk” in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am
Come watch "Milk" in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month we will be showing the film “Milk”

Milk is a 2008 film about Harvey Milk, a politician and activist who became the first openly gay man elected to major public office in the United States. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.

” Tonight, it’s become clear to everyone out there that they do know one of us, and now that they do, they can see that we are not sick. They can feel that we are not wrong. And they know that there must be, that there should be a place for us in this great country, in this world. A message of hope has been sent to all those young people, to all of those who have been afraid by this wave of hate, to all of those who have lost their homes, lost their hometowns. Tonight, we are clear that there is a place for us! My brothers and sisters, we can come home again.”

His life changed history. His courage changed lives

Film showing BSEC 11AM-12:30PM
Munch with the bunch at 12:30
1PM discussion

Jul
7
Sun
Emancipation and Juneteenth
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
Emancipation and Juneteenth @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Description coming soon…

Jul
14
Sun
Stewarding our land at 53 PPW
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am
Stewarding our land at 53 PPW @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for this colloquy where we will explore the meaning of stewarding property in these times. At 53 Prospect West, we have a historic building with NYC Landmark status. We have an old house that needs constant upkeep. We see several hundred people a week in and out our doors and on our lawn for a range of activities all while we lack accessibility for wheelchair users and others. Here we care for the earth and the human community who enters.

Considering all our values and assets together, we invite you to this circle to consider deeply how we carry the responsibility of managing land and our building at 53 PPW.

This colloquy is offered by longtime member Rebecca Lurie as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Jul
21
Sun
The Person in the Mirror – A Workshop on Exploring Ethics
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am
The Person in the Mirror - A Workshop on Exploring Ethics @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An introspective, gentle, and brave look in the mirror while taking steady steps toward building more ethical community practices.

Please join us for a workshop style gathering to:
1. Discuss our guiding principles
2. Review ethical dilemmas
3. Make personal commitments to take action steps towards ethical growth.

…We grow ethically by increasing our capacity for bringing out the best in others and ourselves.

Jul
28
Sun
Child Welfare Systems Integration with Tom Castelnuovo
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am
Child Welfare Systems Integration with Tom Castelnuovo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Children in Foster Care and Families receiving Preventive Services are supported by multiple NY State, NYC and not for profit agency computer systems. BSEC member Tom Castelnuovo will explain how Federal, State, City and Agency representatives are now working to integrate these systems and where this 21st century process fits in the history of ethical initiatives.

BIO:
Tom Castelnuovo has been a member of BSEC since 2006, serving as Board Treasurer for 9 years. He is now treasurer of the American Ethical Union.
Professionally, Tom has served as a consultant developing New York’s Parking Violations and Special Education Systems, Director of Computer Systems and services for what is now the Administration for Children’s Services, IT Director for Graham Windham Services and now as Director of Data Management for SCO Family of Services. He has been a member of the NY State Connections committee since 1994 and started and now chairs something called the COFCCA-CCWIS committee, which he will describe in his talk. Tom has BS and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT and an MBA from Yale.

Aug
4
Sun
What Forgiveness Looks Like
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am
What Forgiveness Looks Like @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What Forgiveness Looks Like is a beautiful piece with an amazing variety of artists that also supports a cause and changes lives. The show depicts what forgiveness looks like to different children after tragedy strikes in their lives. The founder of JungleDom, Simba Sandra Yangala was inspired to write the show by four children who live in the Congo, whom she supports spiritually and financially. These children have been abused in every sense of the word and will be represented as a Thinker, Dreamer, Singer, and Dancer. Proceeds from the show will be going to support the children’s visa fees, travel and allow them to have a life filled with opportunity and light.

Aug
11
Sun
Climate Reality- Amplified!
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Climate Reality- Amplified! @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come be part of a multimedia event with a purpose: Climate Reality Project ‘Amplified’ (of V.P. Al Gore Climate slides) featuring a ‘live’ DJ + social media.
The Multi-Media + “live’ Music + Audience Participation Presentation of the CLIMATE Crisis & Solutions ‘slides’, curated by CATE ROGERS, Chair of the Peconic Chapter C.R.P., was created by Kathleen Kirkwood, founder of the B.R.A. TM Recycling Agency.
Suggested donation: $10

Climate Reality- Amplified! (Performance Edition)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Climate Reality- Amplified! (Performance Edition) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come be part of a multimedia event with a purpose: Climate Reality Project ‘Amplified’ (of V.P. Al Gore Climate slides) featuring a ‘live’ DJ + social media.
The Multi-Media + “live’ Music + Audience Participation Presentation of the CLIMATE Crisis & Solutions ‘slides’, curated by CATE ROGERS, Chair of the Peconic Chapter C.R.P., was created by Kathleen Kirkwood, founder of the B.R.A. TM Recycling Agency.

Click here to reserve your ticket!

Suggested donation: $10

Aug
18
Sun
The Art of Dying
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am

In June of last year, Shatzi Weisberger, at age 88, gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive.  (Over 100 people came, including a reporter and photographer from The New York Times and there was a front page story in the Sunday section and then a follow-up article the next day.)  This Sunday Colloquy will be in a workshop format where people will be invited to share their experiences, their fears, their hopes for their own end of life and for their loved ones. Shatzi will share her process, what she has learned, the changes that she has gone through, where she is now and what she is still eager to learn more about. Included will be a chance to learn about the med/tech system, palliative care, hospice, end of life doulas, green burials, medically assisted death, death cafes, etc.

Music:
This program will have special participation by the Brooklyn women’s Chorus.

 

BIO
Shatzi Weisberger was an RN for 47 years.  Now, in retirement, she is a Death Educator.  She took a five month Art of Dying Thanatology Certification Course at The Open Center as well as a Hospice Program with  NYC Visiting Nurse Service. She has been conducting a monthly Death Cafe for the past two years. In June, last year, she gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive. She joins the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus every Tuesday at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture where she brings out the best!