Calendar

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! 

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table. The topics at our first three meetings were sexual harassment, gentrification and possibilities for attracting Trump’s base of support.”`

Sep
19
Thu
The Art of Dying with a Monthly Death Discussion Group
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Art of Dying with a Monthly Death Discussion Group @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality?

The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying.
All topics welcome. There are no taboos.

Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.

3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm

Click here to reserve your spot

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.

 

Brooklyn Society Writers
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table. The topics at our first three meetings were sexual harassment, gentrification and possibilities for attracting Trump’s base of support.”`

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!!

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table. The topics at our first three meetings were sexual harassment, gentrification and possibilities for attracting Trump’s base of support.”`

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.

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table. The topics at our first three meetings were sexual harassment, gentrification and possibilities for attracting Trump’s base of support.”`

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.

Brooklyn Society Writers
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Our meetings start with a quick writing prompt to get us writing together. The remaining time is devoted to listening and reviewing drafts and pieces from fellow writers. We share work that is anywhere from rough drafts to those that are polished to perfection. On occasions, we also invite published authors to read and share their experiences with the group. To receive additional information or to receive reminder announcements, location changes or cancellations contact Kim Brandon at kimbrandon@optonline.net . Members and non-members of BSEC are welcome. We meet in the second floor library.

Issues and Action Discussion Circle
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country, and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table. The topics at our first three meetings were sexual harassment, gentrification and possibilities for attracting Trump’s base of support.”`

Oct
17
Thu
The Art of Dying with a Monthly Death Discussion Group
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Art of Dying with a Monthly Death Discussion Group @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality?

The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying.
All topics welcome. There are no taboos.

Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.

3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm

Click here to reserve your spot