Calendar

Feb
10
Sun
U.N.I.T.Y.: Writers Celebrate Black Love and Relationships
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am

Our annual Platform celebrating Black History Month and featuring the Society Writers this year focuses on Black love and relationships.  Join us for what is always an inspiring Sunday morning for everyone.

Our Sunday platform meetings begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  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.

Feb
17
Sun
Filling Each Others’ Buckets
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

A basic concept in Ethical Culture is that bringing out the best in others helps bring out the best in ourselves.  We’ll look at a way to imagine how to contribute to the lives of each other, using the metaphor of “filling buckets.”  While there’s a children’s version of this topic, as adults we will look at some of the more complex ways that this metaphor can play out in conceptualizing our interconnectedness, in ways that are practical and easy to remember for ourselves and to explain to the children and teens in our lives.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, is our speaker.

Hands of family together in green park - family unity and peace concept

(c) Adobe Stock Images. Used under license.

Our Ethics Matters theme for February is Trust: the practice of being reliable and relying on ourselves and others.

Our Sunday platform meetings begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  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.

 

Feb
24
Sun
Accountability and Trust: What Is an Elected Civilian Review Board?
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Accountability and Trust: What Is an Elected Civilian Review Board? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

This Sunday, we’ll hear about a proposal for an Elected Civilian Review Board for the police department, to fit in with our ethical theme of “Trust.”

We will hear from Curtis O’Neal, MD, MS.  Dr. O’Neal is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College currently serving as the Assistant Program Director for a Bronx-based Intensive Mobile Treatment team. His work focuses on improving mental health care delivery to vulnerable populations through the integration of clinical education and advocacy. He is grateful to show how the efforts of the Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB) aim to build trust and support equal justice by holding police accountable.

(The Society has not taken a position on the proposal.)

Mar
3
Sun
Still a Long Way to Go
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

When this country was considering a Declaration of Independence from England, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, part of the group considering the future: “Remember the Ladies.”  Here it is, 242 years later, and women in the United States are still working towards an equality that treats them as persons of worth, not mere objects, in many aspects of law.  In between, many have worked for the rights and dignity of women, not only in America, but around the world.  The journey is not yet complete; there is a long way to go.

Women's Rights National Historical Park

Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Adobe Images, used with permission.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the journey past, present, and future towards treating women as fully human.  Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

The Society’s Ethics Matters theme for March is Journey: the practice of walking a path; courageous growth and patient change.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  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.

 

Mar
10
Sun
Nevertheless, She Filmed
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am

Our views on what women can be are shaped by the images we see on screen. But who creates those images? When the majority of film and television is directed, written, and produced by men, women are largely misrepresented in or even written out of our culture’s narrative.

Young women with movie film reel

© 2019 Adobe. Used by license.

So friends and filmmakers Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre took action. In just one year, they made 17 short films with over 300 professional female filmmakers. They created the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge to tackle the gender imbalance in Hollywood and the harmful ways this disparity behind and in front of the camera influences our society.

Find out how you as an audience member can join this movement and redefine how women are represented on screen.

Tracy Sayre is an award-winning screenwriter/producer and founder of Writers Work, an organization that helps writers develop their craft, career and community. She serves as the co-director of Women’s Weekend Film Challenge.  (Tracy grew up going to the White Plains Ethical Culture Society and attended several YES retreats. She’s passionate about living a life that demonstrates deed above creed.)

Katrina Medoff is an actor, writer, and producer. She’s also the editor-in-chief of BORO, a magazine about her home neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. She is the founder and co-director of Women’s Weekend Film Challenge.

Mar
17
Sun
Journey: Between Leaving and Arriving
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Life is a journey, and within life are many journeys.  Some are chosen, some are forced on us.  Every journey begins with a leaving and ends with an arriving, though the end points aren’t always that clear.  Sometimes we follow roadmaps, and sometimes we are making new paths.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the journeys of our lives, how we manage the space between leaving and arriving, and how we can be supportive of others on their journeys.  What can we learn from human experience, practical ethical philosophy, and the science of human behavior?

The Society’s Ethics Matters theme for March is Journey: the practice of walking a path; courageous growth and patient change.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  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.

 

Mar
24
Sun
Spring Festival – A Multi-generational Celebration
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am

crocuses in snow

Yes, Spring is really here, even if we may still have some cold weather!
Join us for a multigenerational festival celebrating the Spring Equinox — that time of year when the day and night are in balance.  Lots of activities for kids and adults and some drumming — be prepared, if you’re over 18, to bring out your inner child.  Weather permitting, some activities will be outdoors.

The Society’s Ethics Matters theme for March is Journey: the practice of walking a path; courageous growth and patient change.

Photo by Irina Volkova / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission.

 

TBA: Sunday Platform Meeting
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am
TBA: Sunday Platform Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

 

Mar
31
Sun
Legacy Platform
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Legacy Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Living an Ethical Life
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Members share their experiences, challenges and hopes for the future.
Annemarie Mogil, Fiona Boneham, Vandra Thorburn and Warren Miner
Music performed by the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

 

Apr
7
Sun
Wholeness: One Is Not Enough
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am

No person survives completely alone.  We are not whole without our connections to others. Who we are and what we become are influenced by people around us, from parents to friends to community members.  These connections, in turn, are what we draw upon to repair brokenness and move towards wholeness as a human family.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the ways that wholeness is enhanced by our connections, including those that challenge us and those that nurture us.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

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
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.