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.
Want to enlarge your own and others’ capacity to talk openly and honestly about difficult issues related to race and other dimensions that are used in our larger culture to exclude, “other,” and discriminate? Interested in building skills and opportunities for developing authentic relationships across differences? Through sharing our personal stories in small groups, pairs and sometimes in the larger circle, we’ll continue our summer conversations about race, racism and racial justice.
Led by Clergy Leader Jone Lewis
ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!
Where do you go to build your advocacy strength? To learn some skills, have an opportunity to do even some small things to make the world better, to be with others? To plan how to get involved in actions?
Now there’s a new answer: join us every other Wednesday at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture for an evening of action. Come anytime between 6-9 and stay for as long as you can!. We’ll have projects to do each week — write a letter or email, make a sign, call someone who represents you, etc. — and also share stories of what we’ve each done and want to do. We might have an article to read or a short video playing to learn more about an issue.
Feel free to bring your children. We will have no childcare but kids are welcome.
Any voluntary donations are split between sustaining the costs of using the space, and contributing to a different organization each week.
Creativity: 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?