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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.

Jan
25
Fri
All Ages Gaming Night
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All Ages Gaming Night @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 Night this coming Friday, January 25th at 6:30 pm.
It will happen at the same time as the usual Game Night, but the 2nd floor library will be specifically for 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:
https://goo.gl/forms/foz4acFhoH1BzEwJ2

Feb
3
Sun
Winter BSEC Membership Meeting
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Winter BSEC Membership Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sunday, February 3 from 1 to 3 PM
light refreshments will be served
RSVP BELOW
Envisioning the next few years at BSEC
Every year we meet as members and friends to determine future courses and actions at BSEC. We are at a crossroads and need to challenge ourselves to revisit, review, renew or reform our plans and programming. Please join us for this conversation on Sunday, February 3 at 1 PM.   
Traditionally the Winter Membership Meeting is a time for us to come together to review creatively the various strategies, plans, initiatives and tactics for improving and developing the leadership, programming and membership at BSEC.
As some of you might remember, and others may be curious, a few years ago we facilitated an intense series of community meetings and decision making towards agreeing on an Accessibility Campaign. Stewarding property renovation in New York City comes with a slew of issues and complexities. This and other important plans and programs are on BSEC’s drawing board.
Please bring your best ‘thinking caps’ to our meeting on Sunday, February 3 at 1 PM.
PS.  If you would like to be part of the planning for the Winter Meeting, please come to the Board meeting on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 PM at BSEC Library.

The Board of Trustees

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb
10
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Feb 10 @ 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
Mar
10
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Mar 10 @ 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
Mar
31
Sun
Book Reading : Don’t Get Too Excited: It’s Just About a Pair of Shoes and Other Laments From My Life.
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm
Book Reading : Don't Get Too Excited: It's Just About a Pair of Shoes and Other Laments From My Life. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join Park Slope author Jen Epstein for a reading from her debut collection of personal essays: Don’t Get Too Excited: It’s Just About a Pair of Shoes and Other Laments From My Life.

Tickets are totally free! All you have to do is register via this Facebook event page or at the Brown Paper Tickets link below! Donations are suggested, but not required. All proceeds will go to support the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture!

In today’s world we all experience worries and anxiety, but how do we cope with our anxiety and practice self-care? How much do we understand about OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), the impact it has on our family, friends, and the community at large who are affected by these and other related mental-health conditions? Our collective struggles may be more common than you think.

Celebrate the last day of Women’s History Month, welcome spring and learn how Epstein uses humor to ward off her biggest fears.

Q&A, book signing and reception with light refreshments to follow.

Sunday, March 31st at 5 P.M.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture:
53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
https://bsec.org/

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s Instagram, Twitter and Website too!
@DGTEBook
jenepsteinauthor.com

 

Apr
6
Sat
Celebrating Diversity in Unison Concert
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrating Diversity in Unison Concert @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come join us for a fundraiser for the accessibility of 53 Prospect Park West for a night of folk music of the common people, with a foundation of gospel, blues and country and a little sprinkle of political and social commentary.
DuPrée’s soaring contralto voice, powerful vibrato and melodious yodeling grip the listener with hope for humanity; her songs evoke the haunting quality of longing for truth and an inquiry into the different shades of justice. Joined by accompanist Barry Kornhauser on guitar and cello.
(ASL interpreted)

DUPREE, a visual/performance artist, has spent most of the past 40 years as an activist, singer and songwriter. 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 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.

BARRY KORNHAUSER is a longtime friend and neighbor to the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. 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 or worked in the ensembles of many progressive musicians including DuPrée, Bev Grant, Suni Paz, Bernardo Palombo, Cutumay Camones, Chris Owens, Jana Herzen, Jay Mankita, Patricia Shih, Jolie Rickman and Colleen Kattau.

FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE

Apr
14
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Apr 14 @ 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
May
9
Thu
BSEC’s Task Force for Strategic Planning
May 9 @ 6:30 pm
BSEC’s Task Force for Strategic Planning @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Thursday, May 9th at 6:30 in the Library
Light refreshments @ 6:00

During this evening we will review all aspects of the Society Programming Logistics and share ideas for Programming content.
Our goal is to develop a Community Vision that will inform strategic planning for next 5 years.

“The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.”
–John Schaar

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
–Buddha

Please join us! For more information and to make suggestions, please email Janice@Bsec.org.

 

May
12
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
May 12 @ 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
May
31
Fri
All Ages Gaming Night
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All Ages Gaming Night @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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 Night this coming Friday, May 31st at 6:30 pm.
It will happen at the same time as the usual Game Night, but the 2nd floor library will be specifically for 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:
https://goo.gl/forms/foz4acFhoH1BzEwJ2

Jun
9
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jun 9 @ 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
Jul
14
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jul 14 @ 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
Jul
25
Thu
Evening On The Green New Deal
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm
Evening On The Green New Deal @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

When Alexandria Ocasio Cortez proposed in the House of Representatives a Bill, THE GREEN NEW DEAL, as road map for a healthier, more democratically cooperative, equal and kind, American political economy, a possible vision built on a century’s worth of activism was born, and many of us took notice.

The conversation amongst neighbors about these issues kept expanding and has grown to become the Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Neighbors for a Green New Deal Planning Committee, committed to building out our own understanding of these issues as they apply to our lives here while taking a healthy look around our neighborhoods and figuring out from a block/neighborhood perspective what can be done in Windsor Terrace and Park Slope to make it a better place.

You are a member of Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Neighbors for A Green New Deal if you live here and we need you to join with us in building out a collaborative effort to make our homes and blocks better places for all its residents to live.

The Sunrise Movement is a nationally organized mass movement committed to the activism necessary for a successful transformation to a Green New America in 10 years. (SunriseMovement.org)
Co-sponsored by the Ethical Living Committee of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.

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.

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
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 Free Trial Class- Ages 3 to16yo
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Free Trial Class- Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Sign up for our free trial class!
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.

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

Sign up for our free trial class!
Visit https://bsec.org/efc  to learn more about our class and sign up for our trial class.