Promises We Make to the Future: Ethical Commitments With Jone Johnson Lewis
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Promises We Make to the Future: Ethical Commitments With Jone Johnson Lewis @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.”
~ Hannah Arendt

In an ethical world view, we are interconnected not only to those we meet in our daily lives, but also to those we will never meet — including those who live in the future.  Just as those who lived before us have influenced our world, so we have some power to influence the future.

If our ethical view were to be only about reciprocity and quid pro quo, we couldn’t make promises to the future, because the future can’t return the favor.  If we understand that those who came before us shaped our options today, sometimes limiting and sometimes expanding our choices, then we know we do have an effect on the future as well.  So if we accept responsibility for the future, we need to move beyond an ethical view that is purely about reciprocity, expecting back in return for what we give.

Clergy Leader Jone Johnson will explore these themes in her next platform address.

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.