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Sep
25
Sun
Promises We Make to the Future: Ethical Commitments With Jone Johnson Lewis
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Promises We Make to the Future: Ethical Commitments With Jone Johnson Lewis @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.”
~ Hannah Arendt

In an ethical world view, we are interconnected not only to those we meet in our daily lives, but also to those we will never meet — including those who live in the future.  Just as those who lived before us have influenced our world, so we have some power to influence the future.

If our ethical view were to be only about reciprocity and quid pro quo, we couldn’t make promises to the future, because the future can’t return the favor.  If we understand that those who came before us shaped our options today, sometimes limiting and sometimes expanding our choices, then we know we do have an effect on the future as well.  So if we accept responsibility for the future, we need to move beyond an ethical view that is purely about reciprocity, expecting back in return for what we give.

Clergy Leader Jone Johnson will explore these themes in her next platform address.

Jan
16
Mon
Brooklyn Celebrates Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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 crafts, food and costumes. DuPree and Barry Kornhauser 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.
Ticket prices:
$15 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child.
To purchase tickets using eventbrite, please click here.

Proceeds from this class will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes.

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May
7
Sun
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian lunch with featured Guest Aldon Morris
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform and Haitian lunch with featured Guest Aldon Morris @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform:  11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.

“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program:  2 – 4pm
The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy & The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture co-host a special awards program and teach-in*
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills”
Program will honor local activists, organizers, and scholars, who will lead a discussion about ‘leveling up’ our organizing methods and opportunities.

Featuring: Dr. John Flateau, Professor Aldon Morris, Rebecca Lurie, Joey Pressley, Sister Bisi, Greg Todd, Elvira Basevich, Nola Asantewaa, Mark Winston Griffith among others.
Celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and share the passion and commitment of community organizers.
Please RSVP by clicking HERE

Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism.  Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.

The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.

For more details about Charley Horwitz the event and, for donations please CLICK HERE.

May
14
Sun
Platform Meeting: “Unbanking”
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Platform Meeting: "Unbanking" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An urgent, absorbing expose–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did

What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high‑net‑worth entrepreneur, and a twenty‑something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.
Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check‑cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us. Banks were once essential pillars of our lives; now we can no longer count on them to do right by us.

Dec
31
Sun
New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve on the Park @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.
View the fireworks from the garden. Enjoy a campfire with mulled cider, homemade Cha Cha Chili, snacks, beer, wine and champagne cocktails. Dancing with DJ Lobotomy Copter.

Tickets include one food ticket, two drinks and 1 free glass of champagne at midnight.
$40 advance purchase
$50 at the door.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).
To buy tickets, please click here.

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Prospect Park Board Gaming Club.

Jan
15
Mon
Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

YES, OUR EVENT IS STILL HAPPENING TODAY! We will dance and sing and keep warm in community
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 crafts and activities, stories, food and costumes. 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.
(Doors open at 4 for African face painting and crafts, activities, and costume creation. Performance and African Dance class begins at 4:30)
Ticket prices:
$20 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child.
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.

Dec
31
Mon
New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2018 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 2:00 am

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.

Be warm watching the Prospect Park fireworks in B.S.E.C’s beautiful garden and landmark meeting house. Make some Smores beside our outdoor firepit, enjoy our famous “Cha Cha” Chili (vegan and carnivore), drink some wine and beer, bring in midnight with a champagne toast, and start the new year with a drum circle or some post-firework dancing.

We welcome all identities, families, ages, and backgrounds.
Please RSVP by December 21st for childcare.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).

$50.00 includes unlimited food, 2 drinks, champagne toast and desserts. Proceeds support our Building Accessibility Campaign.
$60 at the door

Eventbrite - New Year's Eve on the Park - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Jan
21
Mon
Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 Onguleye 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.
Ticket prices:
$20 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child. ($10 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.