Calendar

Jun
16
Sun
Juneteenth Celebration
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am
Juneteenth Celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Guest Speaker:
Prof. Izell Glover
The Renaissance of the African American Cowboy

Presider:
Sister Rita Wilson

Music:
DuPree & Barry Kornhouser

Please come and examine work that best reflects love for the heritage of a rich and proud people. Graphic illustration series on the Black cowboy visually reaffirms Izell Glover’s noted devotion to tracing and documenting the Black experience.

Graphic artist Izell Glover, has contributed to the African American Culture of Black Western Art. He has been the recipient of scores of art and civic awards and citations. His commitment to the promotion and exploration of Black American culture and art is evident in the detailed historical realism of many of his works. His artwork is full of the colors, symbols, and images of Black life.

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.

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 formal setting.

Jun
23
Sun
Ethics for Children – Stepping Up Ceremony
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

The students in our Ethics for Children program are excited to celebrate this year of learning adventures at our annual Stepping Up ceremony!
All classes will have a little something to present as we share what we worked on this year and prepare for the coming year. DuPree will grace us with her beautiful music.
Show your support for our young generation of ethical thinkers by coming to celebrate with us.

EVERYONE is encouraged to come, including friends and family. All classes will have a little something to share. This year’s ceremony will be held at Poly Prep. Please bring a dish to share if you can.

Jun
30
Sun
Come watch “Milk” in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am
Come watch "Milk" in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month we will be showing the film “Milk”

Milk is a 2008 film about Harvey Milk, a politician and activist who became the first openly gay man elected to major public office in the United States. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black.

” Tonight, it’s become clear to everyone out there that they do know one of us, and now that they do, they can see that we are not sick. They can feel that we are not wrong. And they know that there must be, that there should be a place for us in this great country, in this world. A message of hope has been sent to all those young people, to all of those who have been afraid by this wave of hate, to all of those who have lost their homes, lost their hometowns. Tonight, we are clear that there is a place for us! My brothers and sisters, we can come home again.”

His life changed history. His courage changed lives

Film showing BSEC 11AM-12:30PM
Munch with the bunch at 12:30
1PM discussion

Jul
7
Sun
Emancipation and Juneteenth
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
Emancipation and Juneteenth @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Description coming soon…

Jul
14
Sun
Stewarding our land at 53 PPW
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am
Stewarding our land at 53 PPW @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for this colloquy where we will explore the meaning of stewarding property in these times. At 53 Prospect West, we have a historic building with NYC Landmark status. We have an old house that needs constant upkeep. We see several hundred people a week in and out our doors and on our lawn for a range of activities all while we lack accessibility for wheelchair users and others. Here we care for the earth and the human community who enters.

Considering all our values and assets together, we invite you to this circle to consider deeply how we carry the responsibility of managing land and our building at 53 PPW.

This colloquy is offered by longtime member Rebecca Lurie as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Jul
21
Sun
The Person in the Mirror – A Workshop on Exploring Ethics
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am
The Person in the Mirror - A Workshop on Exploring Ethics @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

An introspective, gentle, and brave look in the mirror while taking steady steps toward building more ethical community practices.

Please join us for a workshop style gathering to:
1. Discuss our guiding principles
2. Review ethical dilemmas
3. Make personal commitments to take action steps towards ethical growth.

…We grow ethically by increasing our capacity for bringing out the best in others and ourselves.

Jul
28
Sun
Child Welfare Systems Integration with Tom Castelnuovo
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am
Child Welfare Systems Integration with Tom Castelnuovo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Children in Foster Care and Families receiving Preventive Services are supported by multiple NY State, NYC and not for profit agency computer systems. BSEC member Tom Castelnuovo will explain how Federal, State, City and Agency representatives are now working to integrate these systems and where this 21st century process fits in the history of ethical initiatives.

BIO:
Tom Castelnuovo has been a member of BSEC since 2006, serving as Board Treasurer for 9 years. He is now treasurer of the American Ethical Union.
Professionally, Tom has served as a consultant developing New York’s Parking Violations and Special Education Systems, Director of Computer Systems and services for what is now the Administration for Children’s Services, IT Director for Graham Windham Services and now as Director of Data Management for SCO Family of Services. He has been a member of the NY State Connections committee since 1994 and started and now chairs something called the COFCCA-CCWIS committee, which he will describe in his talk. Tom has BS and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT and an MBA from Yale.

Aug
4
Sun
What Forgiveness Looks Like
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am
What Forgiveness Looks Like @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

What Forgiveness Looks Like is a beautiful piece with an amazing variety of artists that also supports a cause and changes lives. The show depicts what forgiveness looks like to different children after tragedy strikes in their lives. The founder of JungleDom, Simba Sandra Yangala was inspired to write the show by four children who live in the Congo, whom she supports spiritually and financially. These children have been abused in every sense of the word and will be represented as a Thinker, Dreamer, Singer, and Dancer. Proceeds from the show will be going to support the children’s visa fees, travel and allow them to have a life filled with opportunity and light.

Aug
11
Sun
Climate Reality- Amplified!
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Climate Reality- Amplified! @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come be part of a multimedia event with a purpose: Climate Reality Project ‘Amplified’ (of V.P. Al Gore Climate slides) featuring a ‘live’ DJ + social media.
The Multi-Media + “live’ Music + Audience Participation Presentation of the CLIMATE Crisis & Solutions ‘slides’, curated by CATE ROGERS, Chair of the Peconic Chapter C.R.P., was created by Kathleen Kirkwood, founder of the B.R.A. TM Recycling Agency.
Suggested donation: $10

Climate Reality- Amplified! (Performance Edition)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Climate Reality- Amplified! (Performance Edition) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come be part of a multimedia event with a purpose: Climate Reality Project ‘Amplified’ (of V.P. Al Gore Climate slides) featuring a ‘live’ DJ + social media.
The Multi-Media + “live’ Music + Audience Participation Presentation of the CLIMATE Crisis & Solutions ‘slides’, curated by CATE ROGERS, Chair of the Peconic Chapter C.R.P., was created by Kathleen Kirkwood, founder of the B.R.A. TM Recycling Agency.

Click here to reserve your ticket!

Suggested donation: $10

Aug
18
Sun
The Art of Dying
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am

In June of last year, Shatzi Weisberger, at age 88, gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive.  (Over 100 people came, including a reporter and photographer from The New York Times and there was a front page story in the Sunday section and then a follow-up article the next day.)  This Sunday Colloquy will be in a workshop format where people will be invited to share their experiences, their fears, their hopes for their own end of life and for their loved ones. Shatzi will share her process, what she has learned, the changes that she has gone through, where she is now and what she is still eager to learn more about. Included will be a chance to learn about the med/tech system, palliative care, hospice, end of life doulas, green burials, medically assisted death, death cafes, etc.

Music:
This program will have special participation by the Brooklyn women’s Chorus.

 

BIO
Shatzi Weisberger was an RN for 47 years.  Now, in retirement, she is a Death Educator.  She took a five month Art of Dying Thanatology Certification Course at The Open Center as well as a Hospice Program with  NYC Visiting Nurse Service. She has been conducting a monthly Death Cafe for the past two years. In June, last year, she gave herself a FUNeral, which is a funeral while still alive. She joins the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus every Tuesday at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture where she brings out the best!

Aug
25
Sun
Exploring Ethical Culture
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Exploring Ethical Culture @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Founded by Dr. Felix Adler in 1876, the Ethical Culture Movement was created to be a fellowship of people who seek clarification of the values of life and a faith to live by. Ethical Culture cherishes the freedom of the mind and freedom of conscience. There is an affirmation of worth, dignity, and possibilities for every individual.

Come join us as we share in a journey of discovery about Ethical Culture and its place in our world.

Sep
1
Sun
The Role Of Work In Our Lives
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Role Of Work In Our Lives @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The day before Labor Day we will explore the role of work in our lives.  Through work we create and re-create the world, but the way work is treated in our society alienates us from our creativity.   We will explore ways we can move towards a world that exalts the creative process and values the work which is part of each of our lives.

A colloquy is an intimate circle that allows for deep listening and sharing around a topic.

Carl Levine, the facilitator, “works” in many ways including, among others, as a lawyer representing working people and their unions, and as a traditional dance caller.  He is a longtime member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.

Sep
8
Sun
Stay Woke @ BSEC with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stay Woke @ BSEC with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Please join us for “STAY WOKE @ BSEC” – the opening Platform of the 2019-2020 season at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Sunday, September 8 at 11 AM. The Ethics for Children sign-in begins at 10:30 AM and registrations are open. We invite neighbors and friends with children from 3 to 16 for a trial class with us.

Opening Platform Speaker: NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

We are delighted that NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will be our guest speaker at our opening Platform at 11 AM. The Public Advocate is that government official who champions the many issues facing all New Yorkers. The Advocate monitors the operation of all public information and service complaint programs of city agencies and makes proposals for improvement.

This Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams is the activist advocate. Recently he was arrested at the state capitol during a protest demanding reforms to the state’s rent regulations. He joined HousingJustice4All to fight for universal rent control which he has long organized for. In 2018, Jumaane was arrested for protesting the detention by ICE of immigrant-rights activist Ravi Ragbir. He was also arrested for protesting President Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.  “When I was running for public advocate,” says Jumaane, “a lot of people asked if I would continue doing disobedience and I said, ‘Certainly, if it makes sense’.”

Jacque DuPree and Barry Kornhauser bring back their inspirational music to our Platforms and we will share some of the ambitious and critical programming that we are planning for this season.

Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams wants to hear our questions and concerns. Please share our enthusiasm with your friends, neighbors and network for a commanding commencement of another year of ethical engagement.

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
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! 

Sep
22
Sun
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.

 

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!!

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.

Oct
13
Sun
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.