Calendar

Aug
18
Sun
The Art of Dying
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am

In June of last year, Shatzi Weisberger, at age 88, gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive.  (Over 100 people came, including a reporter and photographer from The New York Times and there was a front page story in the Sunday section and then a follow-up article the next day.)  This Sunday Colloquy will be in a workshop format where people will be invited to share their experiences, their fears, their hopes for their own end of life and for their loved ones. Shatzi will share her process, what she has learned, the changes that she has gone through, where she is now and what she is still eager to learn more about. Included will be a chance to learn about the med/tech system, palliative care, hospice, end of life doulas, green burials, medically assisted death, death cafes, etc.

Music:
This program will have special participation by the Brooklyn women’s Chorus.

 

BIO
Shatzi Weisberger was an RN for 47 years.  Now, in retirement, she is a Death Educator.  She took a five month Art of Dying Thanatology Certification Course at The Open Center as well as a Hospice Program with  NYC Visiting Nurse Service. She has been conducting a monthly Death Cafe for the past two years. In June, last year, she gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive. She joins the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus every Tuesday at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture where she brings out the best!

Aug
25
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a discussion on health, well being and the connection to current events as we navigate these challenging times.
All are welcome.

Exploring Ethical Culture
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Exploring Ethical Culture @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Founded by Dr. Felix Adler in 1876, the Ethical Culture Movement was created to be a fellowship of people who seek clarification of the values of life and a faith to live by. Ethical Culture cherishes the freedom of the mind and freedom of conscience. There is an affirmation of worth, dignity, and possibilities for every individual.

Come join us as we share in a journey of discovery about Ethical Culture and its place in our world.

Aug
26
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Book Club @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
This group is a place where we read and discuss books by black authors.  The result is a discussion which helps us express both personal and systemic acts of racism, privilege, and economic self-interest in the United States.  It is a place to learn and contribute in an emotionally safe environment.
The next Racial Justice Book Group meeting is Monday, August 26th, from 6 – 8 pm on the second floor at BSEC.  This month the group decided to discuss Kicked Off the Land | The New Yorker.
Sep
1
Sun
The Role Of Work In Our Lives
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Role Of Work In Our Lives @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The day before Labor Day we will explore the role of work in our lives.  Through work we create and re-create the world, but the way work is treated in our society alienates us from our creativity.   We will explore ways we can move towards a world that exalts the creative process and values the work which is part of each of our lives.

A colloquy is an intimate circle that allows for deep listening and sharing around a topic.

Carl Levine, the facilitator, “works” in many ways including, among others, as a lawyer representing working people and their unions, and as a traditional dance caller.  He is a longtime member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.

Sep
8
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
(10:00-10:20 Meditation with brief instruction, 10:20-10:30 Walking Meditation, 10:30-10:50 Meditation)
Participants can choose to do one 20 min meditation, or do both.
Located in the Library
Free of charge
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Stay Woke @ BSEC with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stay Woke @ BSEC with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Please join us for “STAY WOKE @ BSEC” – the opening Platform of the 2019-2020 season at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Sunday, September 8 at 11 AM. The Ethics for Children sign-in begins at 10:30 AM and registrations are open. We invite neighbors and friends with children from 3 to 16 for a trial class with us.

Opening Platform Speaker: NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

We are delighted that NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will be our guest speaker at our opening Platform at 11 AM. The Public Advocate is that government official who champions the many issues facing all New Yorkers. The Advocate monitors the operation of all public information and service complaint programs of city agencies and makes proposals for improvement.

This Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams is the activist advocate. Recently he was arrested at the state capitol during a protest demanding reforms to the state’s rent regulations. He joined HousingJustice4All to fight for universal rent control which he has long organized for. In 2018, Jumaane was arrested for protesting the detention by ICE of immigrant-rights activist Ravi Ragbir. He was also arrested for protesting President Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.  “When I was running for public advocate,” says Jumaane, “a lot of people asked if I would continue doing disobedience and I said, ‘Certainly, if it makes sense’.”

Jacque DuPree and Barry Kornhauser bring back their inspirational music to our Platforms and we will share some of the ambitious and critical programming that we are planning for this season.

Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams wants to hear our questions and concerns. Please share our enthusiasm with your friends, neighbors and network for a commanding commencement of another year of ethical engagement.

Sep
12
Thu
Cooperation Jackson Solidarity Meet-up
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cooperation Jackson Solidarity Meet-up @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Meeting to discuss the critical role of Cooperation Jackson in fighting gentrification and austerity, new developments in Mississippi, and the possibility of building a solidarity campaign in New York and beyond.

 

Sep
13
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting – Case Study of Racial Conflict at a School Meeting
Sep 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting - Case Study of Racial Conflict at a School Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

Racial Justice Group.
Topic this week: Case Study of Racial Conflict at a School Meeting
Note: mediation scenario adopted for general discussion

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race in order to address the fact of Racism. Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of each month from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Sep
15
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Put Your Mask on First: Parenting/Caregiving and Self Care
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Put Your Mask on First: Parenting/Caregiving and Self Care @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Many of us have heard an airline steward ask that in case of emergency we are to put on our masks first before tending to children or helping others. However, most parents and caregivers are not taught to take care of themselves first. Therefore when a crisis strikes, we are met with roadblocks to self-care, which in turn impact our youth and loved ones. Gena Jefferson, Founder and Executive Director of JAIA: Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, shares how we can lay the foundation for promoting self-awareness and self-care even in the midst of life’s challenges.

Gena C. Jefferson, LCSW, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Life Coach, Performer.

After serving 22 years in the NYC Public School system as a Teacher and Social Worker, Gena founded her private practice Psychotherapy and Consulting Company GJefferson Counseling Svcs. Also, within that same year, 2010, she founded “JAIA: Just As I Am Youth Empowerment”.
JAIA is a personal and spiritual development leadership program for teens and young adults ages 13-24.  JAIA’s mission is to empower youth/young adults towards self-mastery, service &leadership through the use ofUniversal Life Principles and Mindfulnesstechniques, for the purpose of encouraging mental health & promoting positive youth development.
Gena has Master Degrees, in Special Education, Educational Administration and Social Work from varied institutions. She was ordained by the Interfaith Council of New York, and holds a Certification in Spiritual Life Coaching from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development.
Gena has served as an Adjunct Professor/Part-Time Lecturer at Columbia University, Fordham University and teaches currently at Rutgers University.

Gena is passionate about creating environments where people feel safe, empowered and free to express their individuality and to live their very best life! 

Sep
22
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a discussion on health, well being and the connection to current events as we navigate these challenging times.
All are welcome.

Strategies for Ethical Living: Taking Action Against Climate Change
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Strategies for Ethical Living: Taking Action Against Climate Change @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

How do you live ethically on a planet that is under attack? While it is Climate Week at the United Nations and people are coming from all over the world to discuss ways we deal with the impact of climate change, we will pause with Nancy Romer, a longtime local activist, to take stock of all the many ways we can engage in the fight against climate change. Looking at the depth of the challenges before us, Nancy will illustrate how we can take action that matters wherever we are.

Bio
Nancy Romer is a life-long social justice activist starting in the tenants’ rights movement, then the feminist, anti-war, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, union, food justice and, now, climate justice movements.  Nancy is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Brooklyn College, serves on the Administrative Team of the Peoples Climate Movement-NY, Divest NY, and the PSC-CUNY (AFT #2334) Environmental Justice Working Group.  

CALL TO ACTION
Right now you can sign up to get on the mailing list of 350Brooklyn and see what campaigns and activities they are engaged in that you might want to join.  Your participation will be appreciated by others and will help us grow as a community. When you get home today, please go to the Peoples Climate Movement-NY’s website, https://www.pcmny.org/september2019 and choose one event to attend and participate in.  That will help you to inform yourself. The more we know the better we can act.

 

Sep
23
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social Justice Book Club @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
This group is a place where we read and discuss books by black authors.  The result is a discussion which helps us express both personal and systemic acts of racism, privilege, and economic self-interest in the United States.  It is a place to learn and contribute in an emotionally safe environment.
The next Racial Justice Book Group meeting is Monday, September 23rd, from 6 – 8 pm on the second floor at BSEC.  This month the group decided to discuss “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.
Sep
29
Sun
Finding Freedom Through Making Amends
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Finding Freedom Through Making Amends @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

When we feel burdened by guilt and/or regret over our past behavior, can we find a sense of freedom and release through making amends and changing our behavior?
Inspired by the Jewish tradition each autumn of The Days of Atonement, let us reflect together on the process of taking stock of our actions, making amends where necessary, and, in the process, finding freedom and renewal.
In a colloquy, we gather in a circle and, practice listening to each other without judgment. Colloquies incorporate small group discussion, music, and readings around a particular theme. All are welcome to attend!!

Oct
6
Sun
Cooperative Economics as an Ethical Practice
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cooperative Economics as an Ethical Practice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Speaker: Rebecca Lurie | Music: DuPree & Barry Kornhauser
How can Ethical Culture contribute to the cooperative economy to be the change we seek in the world? The cooperative economy is a critical lever to all the change we seek in the world. It is both ancient and renewed. Sometimes referred to as the Solidarity Economy or Economic Democracy, and referenced in the Green New Deal, it presents a way to interact in our economic sphere that is grounded in our values and our ethics.

REBECCA LURIE, is a longtime member of the Brooklyn Society. She is an activist for social justice and has made job quality an anchor of her work. She works with cooperatives locally at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, nationally and is a worker-owner at New Deal Home Improvement Company.

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 sacred setting.

Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.

The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.

The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.

We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World

Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

Oct
13
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
(10:00-10:20 Meditation with brief instruction, 10:20-10:30 Walking Meditation, 10:30-10:50 Meditation)
Participants can choose to do one 20 min meditation, or do both.
Located in the Library
Free of charge
Land Acknowledgement as a practice… and more
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Land Acknowledgement as a practice… and more @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An Indigenous Land or Territorial Acknowledgement is a statement that recognizes the Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and operates in. For some, an Indigenous Land or Territorial Acknowledgement might be an unfamiliar practice, but it is a common protocol within Indigenous communities in the United States and is a standard practice in both Australia and Canada. In this colloquy we will explore the practice and the ethical calling to practice repair and reconciliation with the generations of injustices we stand upon.