Ines Sun, artist and tea lover, creator of the Wild Lily Tea Room in Chelsea in 1998-2006, sole adventurist in the world of art and tea.
Growing up in Taiwan and watching her grandpa practicing calligraphy had influenced her journey in tea and brought her different perspectives in the practices of both territories. Ines’ TianDiChaWu/ 天地茶屋(Heaven Earth Tea Houe), an ongoing art installation, has been incorporating both the tea and calligraphy with the substantial art experiences she curated. Peeling away the idea of creating the garden, Ines wants us to get in contact with those elements bare bone.
No experience of calligraphy and knowledge of Chinese would be needed. All materials would be provided.
Limited Spots. Get tickets here.
Sunday Morning Meeting: 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM
Cooperative Economics featuring Word Up Cafe: 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Lighting of Kwanzaa Candles and Karamu Feast: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Speaker: Nettie Paisley, Interfaith Minister,
Social Entrepreneur, Reiki Master
Presider: Rita Wilson
Music: DuPree & Barry Kornhauser
Come out and enjoy an African American Celebration paying homage to 7 Empowerment Principles (NGUZO SABA) and learn about the “unrecognized” sustainable cooperative economic milestones during the First Reconstruction era, Second Reconstruction era—Civil Rights Movement and the Third Reconstruction era—Post Racial among Black Millennials. After the Platform, appreciate the dynamics of African American cooperative economics and its effect on family, community and culture from a Brooklyn small business owner, Word Up Cafe. Participate in the candle lighting ceremony and enjoy the Karamu (Feast).
Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The word is derived from the words: SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take). —CARTER G. WOODSON CENTER
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.
The Karamu (Feast) will take place in the Sunroom.
Sunday Platforms are a long-standing tradition within Ethical Culture to bring light and heat to matters of ethical concerns in a formal setting.
Come join us for another New Year’s Eve celebration as we gather to connect and commit to the release of 2019 and the promise of 2020. Be warm watching the Prospect Park fireworks in our beautiful garden by our outdoor firepit and landmark meeting house. Enjoy our famous “Cha Cha” Chili (vegan and carnivore), drink some wine or beer, at midnight a champagne toast, and start the new year with singing and post-firework dancing.
We welcome all families, ages, identities, and backgrounds.
Tickets are $65 per adult and includes food, 2 drinks, champagne toast and desserts.
Party of four $240.
Couples at $120.
Children under 9 free; youth under 17 – $15 each.
In today’s climate of increasing conflict across the political divide, it’s become the norm to “call out” people who’ve made racist comments. While calling someone out by yelling at them, labeling them as racist, or shaming them may be appropriate in some situations, this Sunday Platform will introduce practical ways to use these situations to “call in” and educate others. Specifically, the talk will introduce the Many Hats Model for determining how to approach individuals who make racist comments and understand our own role in the discussion so that we can best “call out” or “call in” others.
Paul Chiariello has a Masters in Science in Sociology of Education from Oxford, where he conducted studies on identity-based conflict resolution, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia. He has worked in social science research, interfaith dialogue, curriculum development, and related fields. Currently he works as an adolescent therapist and volunteers as a facilitator and curriculum developer for Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Growing up, Paul identified with a conservative, religious fundamentalist community, which he left in his early twenties.
DuPree a visual/performance artist has spent most of the past 40 years as an activist, singer and song writer. Perhaps best known in ‘80s and ‘90s as one of the lead vocalists of the duo band Casselberry DuPree, she has performed at numerous women’s and music festivals across the country and in Canada. DuPree’s music is filtered through her African American perspective, which runs the gamut of humanitarian concerns. She is currently expanding by incorporating sounds from the Gullah Islands, where she is researching her family and cultural herstory. DuPree completed her CUNY BA from Medgar Evers & Hunter College, and her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art from City College CUNY. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Medgar Evers College, teaching Introduction to World Art. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. DuPree is regularly accompanied by the accomplished musician Barry Kornhauser. You can learn more at https://www.dupreelegacy.com/
With Tom Gogan from MovetheMoney-NYC
This Resolution 747A-2019 would put our city on official record in favor of making substantial cuts to the Pentagon war budget that robs the city and its residents of money needed for vital public services. And it would mandate in-depth public hearings to determine the dollar amounts taken from the City and its residents by Congress in funding the military budget.
Join us for a conversation colloquy about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will have a discussion on facts and trivia e.g. MLK Jr. could have been named Michael. Is it a fact that MLK was assassinated on April 4, 1968? Who is known as Daddy King? Is AD King related to MLK Jr.’s family? We will share information and reveal trivia.
The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture offers a fun-filled family event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr with African music, drumming and dance, face painting, African drawing, crafts and activities, stories and costumes. Moses Ogunleye will teach the chiildren African drawing, DuPree and Barry Kornhauser (and guests) will perform songs about MLK’s life and Simba Yangala and the dancers from JungleDom will guide children through a relaxed African dance lesson, followed by a performance that welcomes the participation from both, children and adults.
Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes as well as help with our campaign for an accessibility ramp.
Doors open at 3.
$20 children 3 to 12 years old ( $25 at the door)
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$10 for adults and teens accompanying a child.( $15 at the door)
To purchase tickets using Eventbrite, please click here.
Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes as well as help with our campaign for an accessibility ramp.
The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of 2 citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed that young people could be a positive force in their communities if they developed critical thinking skills, youth activism, leadership qualities, and the courage to break free from stereotypes. Eleanor Roosevelt, long-time chair of The Encampment board of sponsors, often hosted students for discussions, workshops and barbeques at her Hyde Park estate. When the program was attacked by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she defended it vigorously. “The reason I think these Encampments are so important,” she wrote, “is that they are attended by citizens of different races and groups. They prepare people for thinking in terms of all people and not in terms of a selected few. Not only we in the U.S., but people all over the world, need young people trained to be good citizens with an ability to think with an open mind.”
Anne Klaeysen recently retired as Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where she served since 2008. She continues to be Humanist Chaplain at New York University and Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, and teaches at the Center for Education (formerly the Humanist Institute) of American Humanist Association. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College.
Curious about the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and what we do?
If you’ve been wondering about the Brooklyn Ethical society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.
Join us for a tour of our building, share a meal with us, listen to live music, learn about our groups and programs and ask questions.
This will be a great opportunity to hear more about the experiences of our members and find out how your passions connect with BSEC programs and committees. We would love to see you there!
Please, RSVP below:
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE WITH RSVP BY JAN 29th)
Refreshments and food will be provided.
(RSVP required by Thursday, January 30th.)
Lana Dee Povitz and Kathy Goldman
Presider: Rebecca Lurie
Featuring Music by:
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus
Author Lana Dee Povitz talks with the book’s most featured protagonist, Kathy Goldman. The stories touch the range of free school lunch, breakfast and summer food programs to the origins of the Park Slope Food Coops and God’s Love, We Deliver. Feeding people in need may seem like a charitable act. And getting good food to people at good prices may be part of a sustainable practice. But the book and the stories go further to illustrate that when done in connection to the broader view of our unjust political and economic system, getting people fed is directly tied to a movement to end poverty and for economic justice. We will explore through a personal lens what we can do when we espouse notions of “good food”.
Visit https://uncpress.org/ to purchase a copy of Stirrings, use discount code 01DAH40.
Ever imagine that you can make your own lanterns? We will do it together and light up the out-door garden of BSEC. Using wires and paper, you can create a Rat lantern to celebrate the new year, or design your own.
The Lantern Festival cannot be completed without tang yuan, aka. sticky rice balls. We will taste some and learn to make your own.
The hands-on activities will have choices for different ages from 1 and 99. We strongly encourage parents and grandparents to roll up your sleeves with your little ones.
Take the lantern and rice ball on the way back home.
The presentation will provide a brief timeline on enslavement and legislated freedom in New York State; the perils of life in the North; first-hand accounts of people who were fugitives from Slavery in Brooklyn; the honorable self-help of Louis Napoleon, the Committee of Vigilance, the Brooklyn African Woolman Society, and others; the actual place of white allies, trauma in enslavement; the importance of healing and recognizing inherited trauma that may still be in place within and suggested steps to release in order to go forward in greater freedom and similar suggested approaches for people of other races to truly open their hearts and fully become allies, resulting in greater freedom for all.
Organization: Member, Library & History Committee of the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. https://www.brooklynmeeting.org/
$20 for adults
$15 for Teens and kids (16 and under)
The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture with the Center for Critical Thought are holding a bi-weekly study/do group on the Green New Deal, exploring issues of both climate and economic justice. Together we aim to develop approaches to offer students and teachers for learning activities and school curriculum. Special attention will go to NYC high school students and teachers with attention to both NYC and global policies and politics.
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
Please RSVP below:
Americans, perhaps more than other nationals, want to believe the best about their country. The prevailing historical norms generally point to people who stand with little ambiguity relative to the “big picture” of what is America and what is espoused as its founding principles. It is a rosy and romantic stroll down history’s lane ignoring anything that interferes with that idyll. Contemporarily and in retrospect, a review of John Brown strikes at the heart of that romantic picture. Our attention is directed to the oft-ignored undertow which gave the plantations their magnolia fragrance, their courtly life with their extravagant balls. Clearly, this life allowed some groups to become embedded local elites, their representatives flagrantly exercising their will fostering supportive national policies and steering the economic direction of the country to serve their ultimate interests. The obvious crux of the matter was African slavery. John Brown vowed to destroy it and the hope, of course, is that others would rally to the cause. In anticipation, John Brown moved towards the inevitable showdown, first in Kansas and then at Harper’s Ferry. Then it was over with his execution, but was it? Eleven months later, the election of Abraham Lincoln sent the South to paroxysms and by March, the states that had been united had become undone.
2020- African Americans and the Vote
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. In honor of Ida B. Wells we will present a variety of African American voices.
This program is run by the Brooklyn Society Writers Group, which was started in 2007 and meets the 2nd and the 4th Sunday of each month at 1PM to write together.
The following link is the article about antisemitism that’s the reading for February. It’s 44 pages long and the next meeting is on February 24th in the basement at BSEC.
The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture has a very strong gamers group that meets to play board games twice a month. Some of our members and families have asked if there would be an opportunity for families and those interested in more traditional games to join in the fun! The Membership Development Committee decided to do a special All Ages Game Day, Saturday, February 29th from 3-5pm..
All are welcome, including families and players of all ages. If you can come, please RSVP below. If you’d like, please bring a board or card game and a snack to share:
Research shows that bullying can have severe and lasting consequences; emotional, mental, and academic. In extreme cases, bullying is often a factor in school shootings and youth suicides. Sadly, statistics show that bullying is on the rise in America.
Melissa Schulz, EVP at GrayWolf Consulting, is a leadership & development trainer, executive coach, public speaker, and harassment/bullying prevention expert. She has a proven track record of developing strong leaders and high-performing teams. Melissa has worked with a variety of clients across many sectors (communications, healthcare, non-profit, tech, financial, retail, and education), and at multiple stages of their careers. Melissa also trains and coaches for No Bully, a non-profit that is working to eradicate bullying in schools K-12. Through No Bully, Melissa works with school administrators, teachers, staff and even parents on addressing the issue of bullying, helping to create safe and respectful environments where children can focus on learning. In addition to her professional life, Melissa enjoys being a mom to her amazing and spirited young daughter.
Live music performed by DuPree and Barry Kornhauser.