Calendar

Jul
3
Sun
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.

Jul
10
Sun
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.

Jan
16
Mon
Brooklyn Celebrates Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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 crafts, food and costumes. DuPree and Barry Kornhauser 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.
Ticket prices:
$15 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child.
To purchase tickets using eventbrite, please click here.

Proceeds from this class will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes.

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Feb
5
Sun
Platform Meeting – Not a Fit Place: Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Platform Meeting - Not a Fit Place: Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Honoring Black History Month: Black women were among the courageous many who opposed the institution of slavery in America and worked for its end.  They fought not only slavery, but assumptions that the speaker’s lectern was an unfit place for a woman, especially if the audience was mixed men and women, and assumptions that African Americans and former slaves were not fit for mixed racial company.  Hear about some of the lesser-known women abolitionists (including Frances E. W. Harper and Charlotte Forten Grimké), plus a few most have heard of and can learn more about (Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth), and their contributions to the anti-slavery movement of their day.

Dec
31
Sun
New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve on the Park @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.
View the fireworks from the garden. Enjoy a campfire with mulled cider, homemade Cha Cha Chili, snacks, beer, wine and champagne cocktails. Dancing with DJ Lobotomy Copter.

Tickets include one food ticket, two drinks and 1 free glass of champagne at midnight.
$40 advance purchase
$50 at the door.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).
To buy tickets, please click here.

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Prospect Park Board Gaming Club.

Jan
15
Mon
Families Celebrate Africa – A Martin Luther King Jr Day Event
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

YES, OUR EVENT IS STILL HAPPENING TODAY! We will dance and sing and keep warm in community
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 crafts and activities, stories, food and costumes. 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.
(Doors open at 4 for African face painting and crafts, activities, and costume creation. Performance and African Dance class begins at 4:30)
Ticket prices:
$20 children 3 to 12 years old
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$5 for adults and teens accompanying a child.
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.

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
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.