Calendar

Mar
17
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Mar 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

Mar
24
Sun
Spring Festival – A Multi-generational Celebration
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am

crocuses in snow

Yes, Spring is really here, even if we may still have some cold weather!
Join us for a multigenerational festival celebrating the Spring Equinox — that time of year when the day and night are in balance.  Lots of activities for kids and adults and some drumming — be prepared, if you’re over 18, to bring out your inner child.  Weather permitting, some activities will be outdoors.

The Society’s Ethics Matters theme for March is Journey: the practice of walking a path; courageous growth and patient change.

Photo by Irina Volkova / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 24 @ 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

Mar
31
Sun
Legacy Platform
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Legacy Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Living an Ethical Life
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Members share their experiences, challenges and hopes for the future.
Annemarie Mogil, Fiona Boneham, Vandra Thorburn and Warren Miner
Music performed by the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

 

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 31 @ 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

Book Reading : Don’t Get Too Excited: It’s Just About a Pair of Shoes and Other Laments From My Life.
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm
Book Reading : Don't Get Too Excited: It's Just About a Pair of Shoes and Other Laments From My Life. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join Park Slope author Jen Epstein for a reading from her debut collection of personal essays: Don’t Get Too Excited: It’s Just About a Pair of Shoes and Other Laments From My Life.

Tickets are totally free! All you have to do is register via this Facebook event page or at the Brown Paper Tickets link below! Donations are suggested, but not required. All proceeds will go to support the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture!

In today’s world we all experience worries and anxiety, but how do we cope with our anxiety and practice self-care? How much do we understand about OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), the impact it has on our family, friends, and the community at large who are affected by these and other related mental-health conditions? Our collective struggles may be more common than you think.

Celebrate the last day of Women’s History Month, welcome spring and learn how Epstein uses humor to ward off her biggest fears.

Q&A, book signing and reception with light refreshments to follow.

Sunday, March 31st at 5 P.M.
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture:
53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
https://bsec.org/

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s Instagram, Twitter and Website too!
@DGTEBook
jenepsteinauthor.com

 

Apr
6
Sat
Celebrating Diversity in Unison Concert
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrating Diversity in Unison Concert @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Come join us for a fundraiser for the accessibility of 53 Prospect Park West for a night of folk music of the common people, with a foundation of gospel, blues and country and a little sprinkle of political and social commentary.
DuPrée’s soaring contralto voice, powerful vibrato and melodious yodeling grip the listener with hope for humanity; her songs evoke the haunting quality of longing for truth and an inquiry into the different shades of justice. Joined by accompanist Barry Kornhauser on guitar and cello.
(ASL interpreted)

DUPREE, a visual/performance artist, has spent most of the past 40 years as an activist, singer and songwriter. Perhaps best known in ‘80s and ‘90s as one of the lead vocalists of the duo band Casselberry DuPree, she has performed at numerous women’s music festivals across the country and in Canada. DuPree’s music is filtered through her African American perspective, which runs the gamut of humanitarian concerns. She is currently expanding by incorporating sounds from the Gullah Islands, where she is researching her family and cultural herstory. DuPree completed her CUNY BA from Medgar Evers & Hunter College and her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art from City College CUNY. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Medgar Evers College, teaching Introduction to World Art. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. DuPree is regularly accompanied by the accomplished musician Barry Kornhauser.

BARRY KORNHAUSER is a longtime friend and neighbor to the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. 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 or worked in the ensembles of many progressive musicians including DuPrée, Bev Grant, Suni Paz, Bernardo Palombo, Cutumay Camones, Chris Owens, Jana Herzen, Jay Mankita, Patricia Shih, Jolie Rickman and Colleen Kattau.

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Apr
7
Sun
Wholeness: One Is Not Enough
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am

No person survives completely alone.  We are not whole without our connections to others. Who we are and what we become are influenced by people around us, from parents to friends to community members.  These connections, in turn, are what we draw upon to repair brokenness and move towards wholeness as a human family.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the ways that wholeness is enhanced by our connections, including those that challenge us and those that nurture us.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

Our Ethics Matters theme for April is wholeness; the practice of repairing what is broken or wounded, and knowing we are enough.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 7 @ 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

Apr
14
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Apr 14 @ 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
I Hear Voices
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
I Hear Voices @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Brooklyn Society Writers will celebrate Poetry month by presenting different voices. Join us for poems, music, flash fiction. We’ll be sure to give your mind much to ponder and provoke cerebellum thoughts. Be prepared for serious matters, good humor, and provocative thoughts.

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 14 @ 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

Apr
21
Sun
The Elusive Art of Wholeness
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am

While wholeness is not complete without human connections, there are also many ways in which we can work on our own healing and wholeness.  It’s more art than science though science can provide some insights.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on some key questions: What do we need to do to help ourselves become more whole?  To promote wholeness and healing in others?

Our Ethics Matters theme for April is wholeness; the practice of repairing what is broken or wounded, and knowing we are enough.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Apr
28
Sun
Atheism and the Alt-Right: A Horrible Confluence
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am

The atheist community is often assumed be liberal. But in the past decades, prominent atheist and self-styled “pro-science” writers like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and the late Christopher Hitchens have embraced views on race, gender, and Islam promulgated by the two overlapping wings of the alt-right, the misogynist “men’s rights movement” and white nationalism. And the alt-right has made a concerted effort to organize atheists, especially men. How can progressive atheists and humanists fight this very disturbing trend?

Atheism and Alt Right words in images

Images from Adobe, used with permission

About the speaker: Donna Minkowitz is a writer and journalist. A former columnist for the Village Voice, she has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, and New York magazine. Since 2017, she has researched and reported on the white nationalist movement extensively for The Nation, Slate, and Political Research Associates.

Our Ethics Matters theme for April is wholeness; the practice of repairing what is broken or wounded, and knowing we are enough.

Our Sunday platform meetings begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  Check the calendar for other Sunday events on most Sundays, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Check the calendar for other opportunities for growth and community most Sundays at 9 and 10 a.m.

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 28 @ 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

May
5
Sun
Five Hundred Million What?
May 5 @ 11:00 am

“Five Hundred Million What?”  In the story of The Little Prince, the prince encounters a businessman who is counting objects: those glittering objects in the sky, counting them in order to own them and get rich selling them.  Speaker: Jone Johnson Lewis.  Music: DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

How often in our lives do we use our curiosity to see beyond the usefulness of objects, of people, of ideas, worried that we’ll lose track of our counting if we stop to enjoy, to question, to be in relationship?

Funny Burrowing owl Athene cunicularia tilts its head outside its burrow on Marco Island, Florida

(c) Adobe, used under license.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on how we might grow our appreciation of others, ourselves, and the world we live in, by seeing beyond just mere usefulness.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Ethics for Children Class
May 5 @ 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

May
9
Thu
BSEC’s Task Force for Strategic Planning
May 9 @ 6:30 pm
BSEC’s Task Force for Strategic Planning @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Thursday, May 9th at 6:30 in the Library
Light refreshments @ 6:00

During this evening we will review all aspects of the Society Programming Logistics and share ideas for Programming content.
Our goal is to develop a Community Vision that will inform strategic planning for next 5 years.

“The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.”
–John Schaar

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
–Buddha

Please join us! For more information and to make suggestions, please email Janice@Bsec.org.

 

May
12
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
May 12 @ 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
Ethical Permaculture Inter-generational Care for the Earth Platform
May 12 @ 11:00 am
Ethical Permaculture Inter-generational Care for the Earth Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Please join us for a whole community event with the Ethics for Children Program where we explore… What are the many ways people can join together to care for our Community and Our Earth?
We will start with a short platform and then move to a choice of intergenerational activities. We will share action, service and stories, plant and tend our garden, make art and crafts, prepare healthy foods for lunch, and play and learn.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.