Calendar

May
20
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
May 20 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

Tea, Trade, Future in Us
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tea, Trade, Future in Us @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Join members of the COOP’s International Trade Education Squad (ITES) as we participate in a monthly TeaXchange at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Come taste tea while we go through the history of tea & Fair Trade and discuss actions consumers can play for change. Live Q&A with Elyse Petersen (International Tea Trade Expert) & growers.
Suggested donation: $20

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

May
25
Fri
Megumi & Friends
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Megumi & Friends @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

Border-crossing violinist, Megumi Saruhashi presents Megumi & Friends, an evening of her original compositions at Brooklyn Ethical Culture on Friday May 25th from 8pm. Joining her are Brian Prunka on oud, George Crotty on cello, Zach Lapidus on piano, Dan Kurfirst on percussion. 
Megumi & Friends is where Megumi shares her compositions in her tireless search for finding unity within diversity in people and music. 
Megumi & Friends is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.
Megumi is awarded a Brooklyn Arts funds from Brooklyn Arts Council in 2018 for Megumi & Friends where she shares her compositions in Brooklyn, in her tireless search for finding unity within diversity.
$10

May
27
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
May 27 @ 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.

Creativity
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images / used with permissionCreativity: Sarah Zahnstecher, an artist and experienced art therapist, will lead a participative program exploring creativity. (Colloquy provides opportunities for each of us to reflect on our own lives in relationship to the topic and listen and learn from one another, within the format of a sharing circle.)

Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!

May theme: creativity.  What does it mean to be a person of creativity?  What does it mean to be a community of creativity?

Jun
3
Sun
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the [Lorde]
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the [Lorde] @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Happy Pride Month Brooklyn!  Percy Shelley, the renowned England Romantic poet, reminds us that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”  This phrase rings true for writers like Audre Lorde, an Afro-Caribbean lesbian feminist, an award-winning poet. Her poems were acts of radical self-love, truth-telling, and a ‘political warfare’. In lieu of this Pride Month, June 3rd, the Revolutionary Lover, Jé Hooper, Intern Leader for 3 months at Brooklyn Ethical, will share with us a platform of poetic-justice interweaving the life of Lorde and the manifestation of her legislative words as revealed today.  Come share in a word-working experience of change and celebrate the evolution of human sexuality in an unapologetic spirit of Audre Lorde. (Feel free to bring in your favorite Audre Lorde poem or your own.)

June theme: possibility.  What does it mean to be a person of possibility?  What does it mean to be a community of possibility?

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 3 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

SOLD OUT – TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SOLD OUT  - TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!
SUMMER BREWS.
Mark JUNE 3RD, 24pm in your calendar! This is the last one before we resume the program in Sep!
Come celebrate what tea has brought us and let’s share some special moment before we heading into summer!
Guqin artist from 7’s Art will join us with some remarkable tunes from the old time. We can step into the garden for tea if weather is permitted. Would love to see everyone there! If you have one or two teas you would love to share, we will have a market at the end that you can exchange teas.
SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

 

Jun
8
Fri
Book Launch —Mating in Captivity: A Memoir
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Book Launch —Mating in Captivity: A Memoir @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
What would you do if you discovered that the world you’d bet your life on was really just a story?
In 1999, fresh out of Harvard, Helen Zuman set out on a quest for meaning, belonging, and skills not taught in school. She wound up at Zendik Farm, which promised all of this, plus exclusive access to the secrets of building a completely honest romantic partnership. It took her six years to realize that Zendik was a cult, not a revolutionary new culture—and another twelve to compost the experience into Mating in Captivity, a memoir rich with revelation and insight.
Please join Helen at BSEC on Friday, June 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M., for her book’s Brooklyn launch—featuring incisive questions from Wall Street Journal columnist Anne Kadet; light refreshments (including homemade chocolate); book sales and signings; and plenty of time for convivial mingling. You may RSVP via Facebook, or by sending Helen an email (madgelma@hotmail.com).

 

Jun
9
Sat
BSEC Growth Workshop (for members)
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
BSEC Growth Workshop (for members) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

For members of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Are you interested in more people finding the Brooklyn Society and becoming members? Are you wanting to make it easier for new people to find the Society, and then to connect with the Society and become part of the community? Do you have some vision about what this Society could be like?

It’s a lot easier to do the publicity and programming to help new people find us, if we know what and who we’re aiming for. Who are the next 100 members? What do they need?

The good news is that you don’t have to have a crystal ball to answer these questions. Each of us has some of the wisdom, vision, and creativity we need to develop a more strategic outreach and member development effort.

And yes, YOU are one of the people who has a share of that wisdom, vision, and creativity, whether you’ve thought about membership growth and future planning or not! YOU are invited to be part of this day.

Saturday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Library (2nd floor), the Membership Development Committee is hosting a workshop where our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will guide us through some proven structured brainstorming and creativity exercises, as we envision the Society’s growth and what it will take to get there.

A light lunch will be provided. Please register by June 7 so we have enough food.
To register, please click HERE. 
Unfortunately, we don’t have the space that day to provide child care.

 

Jun
10
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jun 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
Open the Door: Possibility and the Human Spirit
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Open the Door: Possibility and the Human Spirit @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

When we honor other people based on the immeasurable idea of worth, rather than on such measures as how they can be useful to us, we create more possibilities for our relationship with the other, for what we might elicit in the other by our actions, and ultimately, in ourselves.  Rather than closing doors, treating others as they might possibly be, and not just as they have been, will open doors for those others and for ourselves.  In this week’s platform talk, Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will explore the ways in which we can open doors to new possibilities in our everyday actions — and in doing so, possibly help create a more humane world.

June theme: possibility.  What does it mean to be a person of possibility?  What does it mean to be a community of possibility?

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 10 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

Jun
17
Sun
Juneteenth: Second Annual Celebration
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Juneteenth: a celebration of liberation

Featured Speaker

Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Arts Consultant, Independent Curator, Art Historian, Author, Professional Artist.  Her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), received was a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Art History. Her research area was the “Presence of African Symbols in Western/Modern Art.”

Come and meet the artist and experience her work, for your viewing pleasures. Available for sale.

DuPrée

Music

“DuPrée’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 aninquiry 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.

Refreshments Served

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some great food this week for those who stay.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share — especially, this week, if it’s soul food!

June Theme: Possibility

What does it mean to be a person of possibility?
What does it mean to be a community of possibility?

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 17 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old 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 our Ethical Education section to learn more

Jun
24
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Jun 24 @ 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 – Stepping Up Ceremony
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 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 and a picnic lunch will follow.
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.

Annual Members Meeting
Jun 24 @ 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Annual Members Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Dear Members,

Please join us for our Annual Members’ Meeting, on Sunday, June 24th at 1:15 PM, following our Ethics for Children  “Stepping Up Ceremony!”
The children are excited to celebrate this year of learning adventures. 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. We hope you will show your support of our young generation of ethical thinkers by coming to celebrate with us.

After the morning Platform, BSEC will host a cookout lunch and refreshments in preparation for our Members’ Meeting that begins at approximately 1:15 PM.

If you are not able to attend the meeting and would like to cast a vote for the Board of Trustees, please return form (sent previously) via email to Edmond.bsec@gmail.com or in person to 53 Prospect Park West by 5 PM on Friday, June 22nd

We have a lot to celebrate, share and so look forward to seeing you on or before Sunday, June 24th

Sincerely,
Board of Trustees

Jul
1
Sun
InterDependence Day celebration
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
InterDependence Day celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Details coming soon…

Jul
8
Sun
Harmony With Heritage
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This week Jé Hooper, our summer Intern Leader, will reflect on how using music can tame the beast of our past.  The African American musical tradition from spirituals to blues to gospel and early rhythm and blues has encapsulated human existence in its fullness — its need for love, community, and reconciling.

(c) Adobe. Used with permission

What songs have carried you through a series of events or offered a new perspective? What chorus gave you the opportunity to utilize your voice unapologetically?  Come enjoy a song, a lyric, and a musical platform that will soothe the soul.

We start the formal program at 11:00 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!