Calendar

May
17
Sun
The Virus as Messenger
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Virus as Messenger

BSEC member Margaret Rose de Cruz will share some wisdom she has gleaned from a range of indigenous elders, scientists, and policymakers about the message of the pandemic.

We will explore how these ideas, found in her inquiry, can help us move to a post-pandemic, more beautiful, and just world that we all know is possible.

May
24
Sun
Memorial Day Colloquy: Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose
May 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Memorial Day Colloquy: Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose

Come join us for a colloquy. Our Memorial Day Colloquy focuses on the notion of an ethical will- of ways to pass on to family, friends, and community our legacy of values and wisdom. Legacy is more than what we leave behind. It is how we live our lives as we wish to be remembered.
An ethical will is not a legal document; it does not distribute your material wealth. It is a heartfelt expression of what truly matters most in your life. Think about what values and lessons you would want to pass on were you to write an ethical will. This colloquy invites us to gather in a virtual circle– share with and listen to one another in a program laced with music, meditation, poetry, and reflection.
To join us, please RSVP at by CLICKING HERE!

Jun
21
Sun
Members Passion
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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!
This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other in new ways!
We hope you’ll join us for this stimulating, warm, and ever-popular event!

Please RSVP at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/110170075662/
for information on how to join us.

Jul
12
Sun
The Sorry State of Our Asylum Law (Closed Caption Available)
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Sorry State of Our Asylum Law (Closed Caption Available)

Attorney Michael Barkow will outline the grounds for asylum and discuss the many public misconceptions about eligibility and why only a tiny minority of Central American seekers at our Mexican border are likely to succeed, he will discuss the Trump administration’s unprecedented attempts to alter the playing field and the extent to which the courts have saved the system from his worst excesses, and he will describe the actual experiences of successful asylees he has represented and the applicants whose requests are currently pending in a never-ending backlog of cases.

Live music performed by Bev Grant.

To attend this platform, please RSVP at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sorry-state-of-our-asylum-law-tickets-113161274418

Michael Barkow
Michael practices law at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips where, apart from his regular practice as a sweepstakes and sports fantasy league specialist, he has, for the past 16 years, represented asylum seekers from Asia, Africa, Russia and South/Central America who have been persecuted for their political views, their religion or their LGBTQ orientation. He advises other pro-bono lawyers from other firms and Columbia Law School students with their first-time asylum cases and has assisted the New York Legal Assistance Group, Immigration Equality and Human Rights First in asylum related matters. He is a graduate of Penn Law and lives in Manhattan with his wife Carole and their cat, Herman Levy.

To attend this platform, please RSVP at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sorry-state-of-our-asylum-law-tickets-113161274418