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.

Jan
15
Sun
Colloquy: Home: A Personal Space; with Sarah Zahnstecher and Karen Guccione
Jan 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy: Home: A Personal Space; with Sarah Zahnstecher and Karen Guccione @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Home is a big word. We can think of it in both rational and imaginative ways. In this colloquy we’ll explore both. (Colloquy provides opportunities for each of us to reflect on our own lives in relationship to the topic and listen and learn from one another, within the format of a sharing circle.)

Jan
22
Sun
Uncommon Heroes
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Uncommon Heroes @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will introduce you to her top 25 ethical heroes, some of whom you may know, some may be new to you.  What is an ethical hero?  What qualities can we culture in ourselves and our children to help us be more like our heroes?

May
27
Sun
Creativity
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images / used with permissionCreativity: Sarah Zahnstecher, an artist and experienced art therapist, will lead a participative program exploring creativity. (Colloquy provides opportunities for each of us to reflect on our own lives in relationship to the topic and listen and learn from one another, within the format of a sharing circle.)

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?