Calendar

Feb
18
Sun
Sunday Platform Meeting: Missing History: What You Learned That Isn’t True
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, courtesy Library of Congress

History as taught in school, and especially Black History, is either missing a lot of key facts, or distorts them.  Our Society Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce a few of the topics that are still commonly misunderstood or ignored, including why Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, why Anthony Burns matters to American history, and the persistent myth of black Confederate soldiers.

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal and interpersonal transformation.

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

February theme: Persistence.  What does it mean to be a person of persistence?  What does it mean to be a community of persistence?

Feb
25
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Feb 25 @ 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.

Colloquy – Nevertheless They Persisted: The Necessity of Hope
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy - Nevertheless They Persisted: The Necessity of Hope @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
 This Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the interdependence of hope and persistence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Carl Levine, a long-time member of BSEC, is a lawyer who represents unions, workers and progressive organizations, and life-long activist,
Mar
4
Sun
“Ethical Heroes: The Goldmark Sisters”
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
To celebrate Women’s History Month, and in one of her periodic “ethical heroes” talks, our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce you to some sisters who are not very well-known, but whose lives include some inspiring lessons for us to learn from.
Josephine Goldmark

Josephine Goldmark, from a public domain image

Dr. Jakob Joseph Goldmark and Regina Wehle came to America after the failure of the Austrian Revolution of 1848.  Among their children were four daughters who each made a mark on society:

  • Helen Goldmark Adler, who was not just the wife of Felix Adler (founder of the first Ethical Culture Society) but did her own work on child development;
  • Alice Goldmark Brandeis, married to the jurist Louis Brandeis, who herself worked for often-controversial social reforms;
  • Pauline Goldmark, an early social researcher and activist on behalf of women workers; and
  • Josephine Goldmark, who worked against child labor and for the minimum wage.

Josephine and Pauline were also key in developing the so-called Brandeis brief for their brother-in-law, used in the landmark Supreme Court decision Muller v. Oregon. (A brother, Henry C. Goldmark, was the engineer who designed the locks for the Panama Canal.)

Come hear more about these sisters and consider how their interconnections with many others helped to create some key social reforms in American history.

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal and interpersonal transformation.

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

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 4 @ 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
11
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Mar 11 @ 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
“Telling My Truth”
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Deborah Howard will share from her memoir, Mystery of Memory: Telling My Truth; Standing My Ground, her story as an incest survivor struggling to overcome self-doubt, find her voice and believe in herself. Deborah’s story reveals a personal journey of how families and society actively deny girls and women their voice and invalidate their reality. It parallels stories of other sexual abuse survivors whose truth is denied and whose voices are silenced by society.

DEBORAH HOWARD, Esq., M.S.O.D., founder and President of Guiding Change Consulting, Inc. is a leading organizational consultant, professional certified coach, and author who previously worked as a public interest lawyer. She brings intercultural insight and a passion for social justice to her work as a change catalyst — helping leaders and their teams transform themselves and the world by tapping into their wisdom and creative potential.

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

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 11 @ 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
18
Sun
Ethics for Children Class
Mar 18 @ 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
25
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Mar 25 @ 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.

“Marginalizing the Black Feminist”
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rosie the Riveter

Our platform for the day will be centered around intersectionality, the challenges of  oppressions based on racism in the Women’s Movement.  Nettie Paisley, our speaker, will investigate the historical struggles of inequality for black women from the suffrage movement to the #MeToo movement. She’ll offer strategies to improve the relationship between white and black feminists.

Nettie Paisley has been working with the empowerment of the Black community for over 50 years.  Nettie has a MS degree in Business Education and a BBA in Business Management with a major in Behavioral Science from CUNY’s Baruch College. She is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and holds credentials as an interfaith minister. In her work at the seminary, she worked with prison reform at the Gethsemane Church in Brooklyn. Nettie is a Reiki Master (RMT). She has been an adult education teacher, embodying the importance of humanism and how it relates to the value of needs and well being.  She opened a holistic boutique and wellness center called Southern Comforts in 2002, though gentrification later forced its closing.  She strongly believes all paths lead to One Spirit.  Between the Reiki and the interfaith ministry training, Nettie embraced ethical culture.  She also ran a Sisterhood Empowerment Meditation Center group in Harlem for five years.  Her motto is Good Health is the New Black.  Nettie became a member of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in 2005 and was chairperson of the Life and Ethics Committee.  She was also a board member and is currently a friend of the BSEC.

March theme: balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

Image by Rob Byron / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission

Ethics for Children Class
Mar 25 @ 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
1
Sun
“Emergence: Where Past and Future Meet”
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionWe are, as living creatures, always in emergence, always changing. The caterpillar builds a cocoon and emerges a butterfly.  What is the moment in between caterpillar and butterfly?  In human life, our futures are shaped by our pasts, but we also have some ability to shape our future.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on that moment between past and future, and how we influence what might emerge.

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal/interpersonal transformation.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
8
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Apr 8 @ 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
“Cultural Continuity and Personal Legacy”
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Adobe Stock Images, used by permissionThis Sunday’s program will be in colloquy style, a chance to hear from many voices in the community about the theme of emergence, and to add your reflections, too, if you’re willing. Colloquy will be led by Lisel Burns, Leader Emerita.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Apr
15
Sun
“Emergence: Saying Yes”
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Emergence: Saying Yes" @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Being a “yes-man” (or woman) has sometimes been seen as just going along.  Who wants to be part of a group if you always have to agree?  Saying “no” to defend our boundaries is a hard-won lesson for some. Yet, there is another sense of “yes” which is important to our lives.  The emergence of something new at times requires us to have the openness to say “yes” even when we’re not sure of the outcome.  Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of “yes” — including what “yes” we can find behind that necessary “no.”

Jone Johnson Lewis is serving as the Interim Clergy Leader of Brooklyn Ethical. She has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 26 years and shares the Society’s interests in both social justice and personal/interpersonal transformation.

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

April theme: emergence.  What does emergence mean to us as individuals and social beings?  What does emergence mean to us as a community?

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 15 @ 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
22
Sun
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul)
Apr 22 @ 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.

“In Honor of National Poetry Month”
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

In honor of National Poetry Month, The Brooklyn Society Writers presents their annual poetry platform.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Apr 22 @ 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