Calendar

Jan
20
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

No Choice But to Choose
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on an uncomfortable reality of ethics: that we can, as the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius pointed out, commit injustice by doing nothing.  The excuse that “I didn’t do anything!” does not take into account that inaction that allows people to act in hurtful ways makes the world more unjust — and thus is itself an unjust choice.

Our inactions — from ignoring bullies to deciding not to vote — do have impacts on the world.  Often, we think we are not choosing, but we can usually find a choice not to pay attention or not to challenge what is possible, behind any inaction.  And sometimes, not acting may be the more ethical choice.  But it is a choice.

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” – Elie Wiesel

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

Our Ethics Matters theme for January is Choice – The practice of making and acting on wise choices; opening up new options to choose from.

 

Issues and Action Circle
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.

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.

Jan
25
Fri
All Ages Gaming Night
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
All Ages Gaming Night @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture has a very strong gamers group that meets to play board games twice a month. Some of our members and families have asked if there would be an opportunity for families and those interested in more traditional games to join in the fun! The Membership Development Committee decided to do a special All Ages Game Night this coming Friday, January 25th at 6:30 pm.
It will happen at the same time as the usual Game Night, but the 2nd floor library will be specifically for families and players of all ages. If you can come, please RSVP below. If you’d like, please bring a board or card game and a snack to share:
https://goo.gl/forms/foz4acFhoH1BzEwJ2

Jan
27
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

Introduction to the Mandala
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to the Mandala @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Join us for a hands-on, guided introduction to the mandala as a nature-based culturally symbolic entity that can be created in a variety of forms to help develop group cohesion and personal meaning. Led by art therapist Jennifer Davis.

Jennifer Davis is an arts therapist and supervisor at the New Horizon Counseling Center and a passionate advocate for multiculturalism and diversity. She has been involved with community‑based arts programs for over 18 years through various nonprofit agencies including 651 ARTS, Arts Connection, Ballet Hispanico, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She received Master Degrees in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University. 

 Ms. Davis is also part of the Wellness team at the Nurture U Wellness in the Rockaways, a consultant for families served by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in Washington, DC, board member of TWW Inc, an arts-in-education nonprofit organization, and member of CATs of Color, Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

Issues and Action Circle
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.

Feb
3
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

Racism and Anti-Racism: Two American Traditions
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

One of the many subtle myths of American history is to ignore not only the persistence of racism in America, but also the continuity of racial justice activism, instead highlighting a few periods (abolition, the civil rights era of the 60s, for example) and failing to see the connections between them.

In between, activism continues, though either out of the public eye or, like the anti-lynching crusade and the Niagara Movement, largely forgotten except in families who have kept the commitment alive.  Mothers and fathers have passed on their activism through both literal and institutional families.  Another continuity: both trust and tensions between generations, and between Black and white activists.  Ethical Culture has, as one example, been a home for anti-racist work in many periods of our history.

Montage of public domain photos of 19th and early 20th century anti-racist activists

Each time there are major advances in racial justice, there is a major backlash reinforcing racism.  But even in those tough periods, the tradition is passed on.

Many of our Ethical Culture figures from Felix Adler on have been involved in anti-racism work.  A few, such as David Muzzey with his participation in the white-washing of the Reconstruction era, have helped enable backlashes.  We have been a mixture of reliable and unreliable.

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the reliability and unreliability of racial justice in America, and what it means for those of us today committed to anti-racist work.

Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.

Our Ethics Matters theme for February is Trust: the practice of being reliable and relying on ourselves and others.

 

Issues and Action Circle
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.

Winter BSEC Membership Meeting
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Winter BSEC Membership Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sunday, February 3 from 1 to 3 PM
light refreshments will be served
RSVP BELOW
Envisioning the next few years at BSEC
Every year we meet as members and friends to determine future courses and actions at BSEC. We are at a crossroads and need to challenge ourselves to revisit, review, renew or reform our plans and programming. Please join us for this conversation on Sunday, February 3 at 1 PM.   
Traditionally the Winter Membership Meeting is a time for us to come together to review creatively the various strategies, plans, initiatives and tactics for improving and developing the leadership, programming and membership at BSEC.
As some of you might remember, and others may be curious, a few years ago we facilitated an intense series of community meetings and decision making towards agreeing on an Accessibility Campaign. Stewarding property renovation in New York City comes with a slew of issues and complexities. This and other important plans and programs are on BSEC’s drawing board.
Please bring your best ‘thinking caps’ to our meeting on Sunday, February 3 at 1 PM.
PS.  If you would like to be part of the planning for the Winter Meeting, please come to the Board meeting on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 PM at BSEC Library.

The Board of Trustees

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb
10
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Feb 10 @ 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
U.N.I.T.Y.: Writers Celebrate Black Love and Relationships
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am

Our annual Platform celebrating Black History Month and featuring the Society Writers this year focuses on Black love and relationships.  Join us for what is always an inspiring Sunday morning for everyone.

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

Issues and Action Circle
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.

Feb
17
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am

Start your Sunday morning by connecting with your body and breath. Class will open with a short meditation followed by gentle guided movement through basic yoga asanas.
FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
BSEC Members: FREE
Non-Members: Sliding Scale $10-$20

Please bring a yoga mat and any props you like to use. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required.
Classes will take place at our library.

THE TEACHER:

Lea Bender is a certified Yoga instructor bringing over twenty years of yoga and meditation training and practice along with and a background in circus, physical theater, and Pilates to her teaching. She teaches a range of different styles from Vinyasa to Restorative, but at the root of every class is the intention to help students tap into the profound nature of our human experience through connection to body and breath. Lea received her 200-hour RYT certification at Jaya Yoga Center, where she is currently teaching. Lea also teaches for Six Petals Retreats with an annual March retreat in the Costa Rican rainforest. Lea is the former Education Director for Ethics for Children (EfC) at BSEC and currently teaches Living Ethics for EfC on Sunday mornings after yoga.

Filling Each Others’ Buckets
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

A basic concept in Ethical Culture is that bringing out the best in others helps bring out the best in ourselves.  We’ll look at a way to imagine how to contribute to the lives of each other, using the metaphor of “filling buckets.”  While there’s a children’s version of this topic, as adults we will look at some of the more complex ways that this metaphor can play out in conceptualizing our interconnectedness, in ways that are practical and easy to remember for ourselves and to explain to the children and teens in our lives.

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

Hands of family together in green park - family unity and peace concept

(c) Adobe Stock Images. Used under license.

Our Ethics Matters theme for February is Trust: the practice of being reliable and relying on ourselves and others.

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

 

Issues and Action Circle
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.

Dating, Mating and Couple-Creating: Rituals Celebrating Love
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dating, Mating and Couple-Creating: Rituals Celebrating Love @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Culture Club produces Mating and Marriage: Cultural Rituals of Coupling. The event focuses on culturally specific rituals and practices related to courtship, marriage proposals, wedding ceremonies and interfaith marriage through film, live performance, interactive staging of traditions, refreshments and conversation.
RSVP at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mating-and-marriage-cultural-rituals-of-coupling-tickets-54736965738
If so inclined, wear festive wedding attire.
A suggested donation of $10 for this event will go to the sponsor, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.