Calendar

Dec
7
Sat
All Ages Game Day
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
All Ages Game Day @ 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 Day, Saturday, December 7th.
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:
https://forms.gle/jbm5tR3QMwghEx7X6

Dec
8
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Dec 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
Dec 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.

Dec
15
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Dec 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.

Winter Solstice – Bring Light
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Solstice - Bring Light @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Many cultures and faiths honor this time with lights. Come together. Light a candle, let us send light to a world that needs it so much these days.
We begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30 pm, with social time afterward. If you can, bring a snack to share.

Tea and Calligraphy Practice with Ines Sun
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tea and Calligraphy Practice with Ines Sun

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.

Dec
22
Sun
Reflections at the Winter Solstice Colloquy with Janice Novet
Dec 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Reflections at the Winter Solstice Colloquy with Janice Novet @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Let’s join together and reflect on the ways our lives align with what matters most to us, what we will harvest from the past year, and what we will carry into the future to move our intentions and dreams forward.

Dec
29
Sun
KWANZAA CELEBRATION UJAMMA – DAY 4 | COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS – Family, Community and Culture
Dec 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
KWANZAA CELEBRATION UJAMMA - DAY 4 | COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS - Family, Community and Culture

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.

Dec
31
Tue
New Year’s Eve at 53 Prospect Park West
Dec 31 2019 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 2:00 am

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.

 

 

Jan
5
Sun
Calling In vs Calling Out – Practical Strategies for Discussing Racism
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Calling In vs Calling Out - Practical Strategies for Discussing Racism

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/

Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Jan 5 @ 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.

Jan
12
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Jan 12 @ 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.

Jan
20
Mon
Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 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 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.
Ticket prices:
$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.


Jan
26
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Jan 26 @ 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.

Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Jan 26 @ 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.

Jan
31
Fri
Newcomers Supper
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomers Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

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.
Cost: Free
(RSVP required by Thursday, January 30th.)

 

Feb
2
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Feb 2 @ 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.

Feb
8
Sat
Celebrate Lantern Festival 2020
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrate Lantern Festival 2020 @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Special thanks to Ethical Living Committee at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chinese Book Garden.

Feb
9
Sun
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo
Feb 9 @ 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.

Feb
12
Wed
Exploring the Green New Deal – free study group
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Exploring the Green New Deal - free study group @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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: