Calendar

Sep
2
Sun
Turning Dreams and Visions Into Reality
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This colloquy, facilitated by Dora Gray, Ph.D., was inspired by the document, A Humanist Manifesto,  originally written in 1933 with revisions occurring in 1973 and 2003. A manifesto is a statement published by a person or group of people, in which they say what their aims and policies are. Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without the element of supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

How many dreams and visions remain dormant within us all both individually and collectively regarding the greater good of all?  Isn’t it time to free those ideas and watch them manifest in a tangible manner?  We embark today on a journey of high-level, lively discussions with a goal of creating viable take-aways to lead you closer to the fulfillment of your desires.

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Dora Gray is a Life Coach and Reiki Master-Teacher practicing in New York City.  She is an author, poet, and musician.  The focus of her work is to assist others in healing mind, body and soul, leading to successful outcomes in all areas of life.  She holds a Master of Education, is a former NYC educator in both public and private sectors, and, and is currently a staff writer for a major NYC agency.  Dora holds a Doctor of Philosophical Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in NYC.  She fuels her work with her passion for writing and music, and empowers others to live their lives in a state of authenticity.  As a member of the BSEC family, she serves as Chairperson of the Ethical Living Committee, and is a member of the BSEC Writers.

A colloquy is an opportunity for sharing ideas and listening to others.  Come join us and feel free to participate!

Sep
9
Sun
Our Part in This World
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Our Part in This World @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Watch Lily Rivkin’s compelling documentary “Heather Booth: Changing the World ”  about this Chicagoan’s lifelong social activism.   Reflect on the personal, cultural and community-changing  paths we each have taken in this world. Consider reading our founding EC Leader’s powerful short book, Our Part in the World. 

After the film, we will have a short time for reflection and conversation.

Sep
12
Wed
Enhanced Discussion-
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enhanced Discussion- @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Enhanced Discussion is entering another cycle of talks and exposures around and on the issue of race/racism here and in select other places.  For your calendar, please mark these dates (more details coming soon):

  •  July 11 – Struggles that Impacted: Colonialism Fought
  •  August 8 – Journeys Abroad: Beverly Rohlehr’s Flight and Road Trips to Guyana and Haiti
  • September 12 – Getting the “Civil Rights Movement” Straight with Dorothy Zellner, Phyllis Cunningham and Muriel Tillinghast
  • October 10 – TBA
  • November 14 – Looking Right at the Right: USA and Abroad
Sep
16
Sun
Vision: Repair, Repentance, Renewal
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This month, we’ll be focusing our ethical thoughts on vision.  Repair, repentance, and renewal are part of the practice of intentional imagination and commitment to an envisioned future.   This week opens our new program season for our Ethical Community, and this platform is an excellent time to bring a friend who might be interested in who and what we are.

Any vision for the future also needs to include a vision for how we will express our repentance for the errors we’ve made in the past, for the hurt we’ve caused, for the damage we’ve done.  And then for how we will repair the hurt and damage, and move on to renewal.  We can apply that principle in our personal relationships, and we can apply it to the larger picture.  If we share a vision of every person’s human worth being honored, then seeing what that has not happened and repairing is part of getting to that future we envision.

Jone Johnson Lewis looks at some practical ways we can embody repair, repentance, and renewal in our ethical practice of vision.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.

On this Sunday, at 1 pm we’ll have a special celebration of one of our oldest members.  All are invited.

Ethics for Children Class
Sep 16 @ 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

AnneMarie’s Birthday Celebration
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
AnneMarie's Birthday Celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

On this Sunday, at 1 pm we’ll have a special celebration of one of our oldest members.  All are invited to the 96th birthday celebration for longtime BSEC member/photographer AnneMarie Mogil, featuring an exhibition of photographs selected by the artist from thousands of her photos chronicling seasonal and universal nature in her beloved Brooklyn Botanical Garden, people in the communities she loved,  and NYC skies, buildings and landscapes. All are invited.

Sep
23
Sun
Is There Room at the Table for … Fascists?
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Group of Family and Friends Eating at a large Dining Table (Day Background)

We often sing a song: “There’s Room at the Table for Everyone.”  But do we need to include those whose values are not only contradictory, but whose values include destroying so much that we hold dear?  Political, personal bullies — what is our attitude towards their “place at the table”?  The short answer may be “no.”  A longer answer would have to consider, “which table?”

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will explore the limits of tolerance and the value of boundaries in creating genuine inclusiveness, whether it’s in a community, a family, or an organization like ours.

And a special treat: music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.

On this Sunday, at 12:30 we’ll be taking a group photo — you’re invited to participate!

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Ethics for Children Class
Sep 23 @ 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

Sep
30
Sun
A More Beautiful and Terrible History
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis debunks contemporary imaginings of the civil rights movement in her new book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. By showing how the movement was unpopular, disruptive, coast-to-coast, leader-full, and courageously persevering in its time, Theoharis challenges exceptionalist narratives of American democracy that place the civil rights movement firmly in the past and calls attention to the crucial work that remains to be done.

Music by DuPree and Barry Kornhauser.

Jeanne Theoharis portrait

Jeanne Theoharis

JEANNE THEOHARIS is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and author or co-author of books and articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, and social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her biography, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” was named one of the 25 Best Academic Titles of 2013 by Choice. Theoharis’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, Slate, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Salon, The Intercept, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book, “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History,” came out in January.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.

Ethics for Children Class
Sep 30 @ 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

Oct
7
Sun
Songs of the Sanctuary (a Colloquy)
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This colloquy, facilitated by Dora Gray, Ph.D., is about the music desired at our gatherings here at Brooklyn Ethical.  What inspires you? What would you like to hear? Would you prefer to sit and listen to music, or is shared singing your style? What about theme-based music, that is, selections connected to a particular topic? Tell us your favorites from past gatherings, or come with a wish list, or just come to hear what others have to offer. You get to tell it all and you just may leave the colloquy with a new song in your heart!  Music by Dora Gray.

Tree with notes and musical symbols

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Dora Gray is a Life Coach and Reiki Master-Teacher practicing in New York City.  She is an author, poet, and musician.  The focus of her work is to assist others in healing mind, body and soul, leading to successful outcomes in all areas of life.  She holds a Master of Education, is a former NYC educator in both public and private sectors, and, and is currently a staff writer for a major NYC agency.  Dora holds a Doctor of Philosophical Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in NYC.  She fuels her work with her passion for writing and music, and empowers others to live their lives in a state of authenticity.  As a member of the BSEC family, she serves as Chairperson of the Ethical Living Committee, and is a member of the BSEC Writers.

A colloquy is an opportunity for sharing ideas and listening to others.  Come join us and feel free to participate!

Oct
10
Wed
Enhanced Discussion-
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enhanced Discussion- @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Enhanced Discussion is entering another cycle of talks and exposures around and on the issue of race/racism here and in select other places.  For your calendar, please mark these dates (more details coming soon):

  •  July 11 – Struggles that Impacted: Colonialism Fought
  •  August 8 – Journeys Abroad: Beverly Rohlehr’s Flight and Road Trips to Guyana and Haiti
  • September 12 – Getting the “Civil Rights Movement” Straight with Dorothy Zellner, Phyllis Cunningham and Muriel Tillinghast
  • October 10 – TBA
  • November 14 – Looking Right at the Right: USA and Abroad
Oct
14
Sun
Charley Horwitz Platform
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Charley Horwitz Platform @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Charley Horwitz Platform celebrates community building through peaceful resolutions, activism, and inclusion. The annual event is named for the late BSEC president Charley Horwitz.

The celebration kicks off at 11am at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture! Join us for our special platform commemorating the life and work of Charley Horwitz, and participate as we highlight our common ideals of community, activism, and inclusion. Then stay for a special reception (light snacks and drinks served).

KEYNOTE: DR. ROBYN SPENCER

DR. ROBYN C. SPENCER is a historian and expert on social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. She teaches survey and seminar courses on African American Heritage, Civil rights and Black Power, and Black women’s history as an Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Keynote speech followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Spencer

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Spend the afternoon meeting other organizers, activists, and supporters in the movement for inclusive communities, ethical living, and mindful connection with our neighbors.

YOUTH EVENTS

Young people (13 years to 25 years) are welcome to participate in activities promising to broaden an understanding of social justice, and encourage your natural activism.

Sessions led by Ethical Education instructors and volunteers

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

Children (12 years and younger) and their parents will enjoy entertaining, enlightening, and educational activities with authors and illustrators, including readings and learn-to-draw workshops.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 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

Oct
21
Sun
Sanctuary: Finding and Making a Safe Harbor
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sanctuary: Finding and Making a Safe Harbor @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

As human beings, we seek and create sanctuary — places or groups of refuge, belonging, acceptance, meaning.We are, as humans, community-seekers.  What makes a community both meaningful and a safe harbor, and what can we do to make our own communities more meaningful — including  but not only this Society for Ethical Culture?

“Sanctuary” and “holy ground” are similar ideas (sanctuary derives from a root word meaning “holy”).  What is our holy ground? The place where all can meet to seek “the highest” — which for us in Ethical Culture, means important ideals and values.

“A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” – Yehuda Berg

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, is our speaker.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 21 @ 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

Oct
28
Sun
Can I Be Black and Humanist? A Continuing Conversation on Race, Faith, and Identity
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Can I Be Black and Humanist? A Continuing Conversation on Race, Faith, and Identity @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Christian Hayden, member of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, took a humanism pilgrimage to Ghana 2015 – 2016 where while serving, he engaged with ideas on what it meant to be humanist and black. But before that he had already begun a journey reconciling his blackness within the context of living in the Brooklyn’s East New York and Philadelphia’s Southwest communities, and the greater world around him.

Ethics for Children Class
Oct 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

Nov
4
Sun
This Thing Called YOUth: The value of transparency and authenticity in working with youth.
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This Thing Called YOUth: The value of transparency and authenticity in working with youth. @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Today more than ever, youth are finding it difficult to measure up to society’s expectations of achievement and self-promotion. This age of technology, social media and free information can inform, as well as injure.  While it’s easy for youth to educate themselves on the Internet, it’s also as easy for them to get overwhelmed and misled by claims to fame by their peers on social media. At a time of adolescence where the need to, either boldly stand out, or fit in feels necessary, many youth fall victim to anxiety, isolation and depression instead.

As we send youth out into the world It become more and more important to give them opportunities to gain a sense of who they are, what grounds them, what lifts them, and what skills and tools can they use to navigate their unique personality and identity in life.  They need us to be transparent as role models and authentic about what our experience taught us in life.

Gena Jefferson, Founder and Executive Director of JAIA: Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, shares how we can lay the foundation for promoting self-awareness and self-efficacy in today’s youth.  


Gena C. Jefferson, LCSW, Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Life Coach, Performer.

After serving 22 years in the NYC Public School system as a Teacher and Social Worker, Gena founded her private practice Psychotherapy and Consulting Company GJefferson Counseling Svcs. Also, within that same year, 2010, she founded “JAIA: Just As I Am Youth Empowerment”.

JAIA is a personal and spiritual development leadership program for teens and young adults ages 13-24.  JAIA’s mission is to empower youth/young adults towards self-mastery, service & leadership through the use of Universal Life Principles and Mindfulness techniques, for the purpose of encouraging mental health & promoting positive youth development.

Gena has Master Degrees, in Special Education, Educational Administration and Social Work from varied institutions. She was ordained by the Interfaith Council of New York, and holds a Certification in Spiritual Life Coaching from the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development.

Gena is passionate about creating environments where people feel safe, empowered and free to express their individuality and to live their very best life!

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 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