Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

On July 5, 1852, the great orator Frederick Douglass delivered a speech on the “Meaning of the Fourth of July,” now considered one of the best speeches of the 19th century.  Twelve years before the Civil War, and speaking as a man who had escaped enslavement, he pondered the meaning of celebrating independence when many were not free, were not even considered full human beings and citizens.

Join us as we listen to excerpts from the speech, and then consider together the impact of Douglass’ words not only on his audience in 1852 but on us today.  How relevant are his words in today’s American culture?  Our hope is that we are a place where we can have conversations about race, racism and racial justice that just aren’t happening very many places.

Relating to People With Different Experiences of Life
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Relating to People With Different Experiences of Life @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Want to enlarge your own and others’ capacity to talk openly and honestly about difficult issues related to race and other dimensions that are used in our larger culture to exclude, “other,” and discriminate? Interested in building skills and opportunities for developing authentic relationships across differences? Through sharing our personal stories in small groups, pairs and sometimes in the larger circle, we’ll continue our summer conversations about race, racism and racial justice.

Kombit: Haiti Farmers and Sustainability
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

kombit-posterJoin us at a public forum for local conversation and awareness-building about small farmers, sustainable agriculture, and reforestation efforts. It’s also a fascinating look at corporate social responsibility and “green business” efforts: the film features the organization Timberland’s pledge to work with Haitian farmers to plant 5 million trees in Haiti over 5 years — and the challenges and successes they experience along the way. We’ll view the documentary, and then share responses and ideas in participative conversations. A collection that day will be split with the Haiti Partnership that has been an important connection of Brooklyn Ethical Culture. Part of a summer of programs connected with racial justice, this week intersecting with sustainability and climate change.

Colloquy Training for BSEC Members
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Colloquy Training for BSEC Members @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture


We are having a training from 10AM-Noon on Saturday, Dec 3, 2017 This is an invitation for you to join us in the training.

What is a colloquy?

Colloquy is an opportunity to engage in deep listening and to develop compassion and understanding. We hope to get to know ourselves and each other more and to create a safe space for us to share our life experiences. A colloquy usually  incorporates music, meditation, and quotes within the format of a sharing circle and around a particular theme.. Some examples of themes have been: Ethical Legacy;  Earth Day Art Workshop in Honor of Mother Earth; Forgiveness; Gratitude; Personal Transformation; Occupy 2012; Meditation Techniques.

We hope that experienced colloquy facilitators  will  attend this training and take this opportunity to share with those newer to this form.

If possible, please attend the colloquy led by Jone Jonson Lewis on Nov 27, 2016 on the topic of “Story” to familiarize yourself with the colloquy form.

If  you have any questions or wish to attend, please contact Tasha Paley at Or phone her at 917 200 8451.

Thanks! We hope to see you there!

Deed Before Creed: Embodying Our Values
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Deed Before Creed: Embodying Our Values @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In Ethical Culture, people have long said “deed before creed” — our unity is based on doing, not believing.  Of course what we believe will influence what we do, but when we say “deed before creed” we are saying that the final assessment of our values is in what actions they inspire.  Show, don’t tell, people what your values are. BSEC’s Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will take a look at some of the ways that we as individuals and as a community can better embody our values in times when so many are at risk.

Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose (Colloquy)
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Legacy and Ethical Wills: Life on Purpose (Colloquy) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

With Tasha Paley, facilitator
Come join us for a colloquy which focuses on the notion of an ethical will- of ways to pass on to family, friends, and community our legacy of values and wisdom. Legacy is more than what we leave behind. It is how we live our lives as we wish to be remembered.
An ethical will is not a legal document; it does not distribute your material wealth. It is a heartfelt expression of what truly matters most in your life.
Think about what values and lessons you would want to pass on were you to write an ethical will. Visualize, too, how you would like your own memorial to be.
A colloquy invites us to gather in a circle, share with and listen to one another in a program laced with music, meditation, poetry and reflection.

Member Passion Platform
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Member Passion Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Come share a passion of yours with us. e.g,  sing a song, show your art work, read a poem, play something on your musical instrument; tell us about a work project that you are passionate about; a hobby you are learning; a family memento; a new skill that thrills you!
The sky’s the limit!
Members and non-members are welcome to participate! If interested, or curious, Contact Tasha at < or call her at 917 200 8451

Member Passions
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Member Passions @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

MEMBER PASSION PLATFORM is a time for members and friends of Brooklyn Ethical to share for a few minutes,during platform,  something they love- a passion or hobby. e.g, a song, poem, painting, photos, gardening, meditation,   family activity,  pogo stick jumping , a social justice cause, magic tricks, etc.- Paulette Graf will lead us in a short   meditation, Someone in the past taught us a few words in  sign language, a woman led us in her favorite song. Some of our children in Ethics For Children will be participating too! THE SKY’s THE LIMIT!
We will also have DISPLAY TABLES where, after platform, folks can browse and see what it is some of us have made.
POT LUCK PICNIC– We encourage everyone to bring a dish of some kind so that we can have a resplendent lunch together after platform. Any contribution- whether homemade, gourmet, or from the corner store- will be welcome!
Members and non-members are welcome to participate! Please contact Tasha Paley at <>  or call her at 917 200 8451 with any questions and/or with your interest in participating in the platform or displaying . Thanks!