Calendar

Jul
29
Sun
Introduction to PLAYBACK THEATRE with Susan Metz facilitator of PLAYBACK THEATRE in Cuba.
Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Introduction to PLAYBACK THEATRE with Susan Metz facilitator of PLAYBACK THEATRE in Cuba. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
PLAYBACK THEATRE is an audience participatory experience used in community centers, schools, nonprofits, colleges, conferences and other personal gatherings, to elicit stories which are reflected and enacted by the Theatre members.
PLAYBACK THEATRE has been used in many settings to deal with social justice issues; human rights and racial conflicts; climate change; aftermaths of great tragedies like Super Storm Sandy.
Wonderful opportunity to learn about PLAYBACK THEATRE and explore this concept of storytelling.

All are welcome.

Jul
30
Mon
Social Justice Book Club
Jul 30 @ 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, July 30th, from 6 – 8 pm on the second floor at BSEC.  The group decided to discuss the introduction and the first chapter, Cotton Mather, from the book, “Stamped From the Beginning” for July.  All are welcome.
Sep
26
Wed
Newcomer’s Supper
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC. If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.
Join us for an evening of conversation, food and community as we share about our ethical tradition and vibrant society. 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.
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (at the library)
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE)
Refreshments and food will be provided.
RSVP below.

 

Oct
7
Sun
TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Mountains Start Talking

Yellow, Green & Dark. Introduce three tea categories out of the main six, taste teas from the bamboo forest surrounded Gu Zhu Shan, to snow-covered Gao Li Gong Shan,  to the foggy Meng Ding Shan… Let the mountains talk to you through those teas and discover what you hear…

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

Oct
19
Fri
Prospect Concerts
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Prospect Concerts @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Tomas Rodriguez has developed a unique repertoire for solo guitar performance that is rooted in his ancestry and guided by the diverse styles of music that have inspired him. Rodriguez’ own compositions, as featured on his new recording “Ruminations,” emerge from his diverse musical inspirations, including original Brazilian choros, Venezuelan waltzes and amenco granainas. He is joined by Urbano Sanchez, percussion, and Barry Kornhauser, cello and a few surprise guests TBA.

It’s hard to describe the music of Miwa Gemini. The songs are soaked in a whiskey barrel that’s a hundred years old, dried o on the balcony of an apartment somewhere in 1920s Paris, then polished by the hustle and bustle of New York City. Their unique blend of watertight harmony is accompanied by a simple, yet intricate, instrumentation and their infectious melodies will have you smiling in no time.
For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ProspectConcerts

 

Nov
4
Sun
TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
The Voice Continues

White, Oolong, Black. Followed by our October workshop, we are going to focus more on the other half of the six categories this time. Taste teas all from Wu Yi Shan. What could be waiting?

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

Nov
10
Sat
No Ethics for Children or Yoga – Holiday Weekend
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No Ethics for Children or Yoga - Holiday Weekend

Please note that due to the holiday weekend, there will be no Ethics for Children classes or Yoga November 11 or 25th.

Nov
25
Sun
No Ethics for Children or Yoga – Holiday Weekend
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No Ethics for Children or Yoga - Holiday Weekend

Please note that due to the holiday weekend, there will be no Ethics for Children classes or Yoga November 11 or 25th.

Dec
23
Sun
Winter Solstice – Bring Light
Dec 23 @ 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 religions and faiths honor this time with lights. Come together. Light a candle. Join Rebecca Lurie in this colloquy (participative circle) to reflect and share feelings, needs, strengths, offerings with our community. Bring a favorite candle or 2 to light if you wish.

We begin at 11 am and end about 12:30 pm, with social time afterwards.

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
11
Fri
Newcomer’s Supper
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC. If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.
Join us for an evening of conversation, food and community as we share about our ethical tradition and vibrant society. 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.
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (at the library)
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE WITH 3 DAYS ADVANCE RSVP)
Refreshments and food will be provided.
RSVP below.

 

Jan
13
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jan 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
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