Guest Speaker: Kendall Christiansen
Hear from an expert in the waste industry about the current intricacies of handling materials, products and end-of-life discards.
Kendall Christiansen Bio:
Having collected (and delivered) newspapers as a kid, and worked as a school and church janitor in his teens, Kendall Christiansen became addicted to garbage when he served as founding Assistant Director of NYC’s recycling system in 1989. He developed a public affairs consulting practice in the field – chairing NYC’s Citywide Recycling Advisory Board, working locally with several companies, and nationally and in Canada for a major client – attending hundreds of national, state/provincial and regional conferences. In 2016 he refocused on helping NYC’s commercial waste and recycling industry to survive and transform into a 21st century industry. Kendall has Midwestern roots, and lived @ Prospect Park since 1980 – and with his wife and family in Lefferts Manor for 31 years. Active on the board of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofits, he’s chaired New York Congregational Community Services/Nursing Center for more than 25 years.
Long-time Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture members share their legacies in ethical practices and what it means to live an ethical life. They will discuss the roads they have traveled and the challenges they overcame. They will also, share stories of finding BSEC, what keeps them coming back and their vision for the society for the next generation.
Socialism, as a word, use to be a general turn-off in American conversations. However, 2019 has brought certain realities into clear focus: rapacious greed and increased ecological danger cannot be ignored. Moreover, social ineptitude and moral disregard for the general welfare of the people is plainly unacceptable by those in public office, in high or low status, in local or national leadership. Working Americans, particularly, are caught in a vortex of economic pressures carrying the weight of various levels of taxation, medical and other costs with little, if any, relief. Poverty is growing and deepening. The needs of the aged are often completely disregarded. These concerns are not just a urban issues. These problems affect every tier of American society, rural and urban. The only exceptions are to be found in the upper 20% which as a class controls about 90% of America’s wealth.
America is actually in competition with the so-called “Third-World.” America is no longer First World material and we did this to ourselves — or rather our legislative leaders did session after session, generation after generation. Instead of going forward, economically we have climbed our way back to the 1920s, the Guilded Age. Our laws, apparently, were not strong enough to prevent the avariciousness of capitalism which, in addition, to growing and segregating the wealth derived has ruthlessly destroyed and continues to destroy nature’s ecology here and in other parts of the world.
Maybe it is time for all of us to stop following blindly the capitalist model. It’s not going to change! “Today blind relentless economic growth structured into capitalism is destroying the ecological foundations of human society.” In earlier centuries, “socialist thought emphasized building up the productive forces in order to eliminate poverty.” What was wrong with that? Lifting poverty would, in fact, lift the entire social structure of our society and eliminate many of our persistent problems. In our current century, ecosocialism must balance issues and determine not how to produce more, but how to produce enough and distribute those yields to meet the basic needs of all of us within ecological limits.
Howie Hawkins is a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York. He has been active in movements for civil rights, peace, unions, and the environment since the late 1960s when became committed to independent working-class politics for a democratic, socialist, and ecological society. He was a co-founder of the US Green Party in 1984. In 2010, he was the first US candidate to campaign for a Green New Deal when he ran his first of three campaigns for New York governor.
With guest speakers:
Julia Bryant, member of the legal team for MTOPP and FLAC; also committee member for Parks and Recreations for Committee Board 9
LaShaun Ellis, member of the legal team for MTOPP and FLAC
Janine Nichols, member of the legal team/occasional petitioner; also the proud Secretary of the Sullivan-Ludlam-Stoddard Neighborhood Assn.
Movement to Protect the People and Flower Lovers against Corruption are two grassroots organizations that commenced a lawsuit against The City of New York, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Cornell Realty Management. The lawsuits challenge the fact that 18 lots of land near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden were rezoned without an Environmental Impact Statement. The lawsuit is ongoing.
This inter-generational festival of appreciation is led by Remi Gay, a former board officer and long-time member of Brooklyn Ethical who has been granted permission by Native American elders to perform rituals honoring our earth and its bounty. Through song, dance and story, Remi will lead us in this seasonal favorite for children and adults alike. Please bring a dish to share. Open to the public as always.
Platform meeting is followed by Munch With the Bunch, an opportunity to share coffee, snacks, and conversation with others.
Led by Sarah Zahntecher
Our identity has many facets and this exercise will show us one of them. How do we think of ourselves? What are some of the characteristics that define us?
[In a colloquy, we gather in a circle and practice listening to each other without judgment. Colloquies incorporate small group discussions, music, and listening around a particular theme.]
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 Day, Saturday, December 7th.
All are welcome, including 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:
Although racism, capitalism and climate change (or the fate of the planet) are tightly intertwined, most of us work in separate spheres to address issues or develop solutions. However, problems that ail our society, be it racism, economic inequity, environmental degradation, or changing climate, all stem from “the system” that is rooted in racism to serve the white patriarchy (a.k.a., western European hegemony or the 1%).
Shino Takinawa will share her journey as a school integration advocate on the Community Education Council District 2 and how school integration relates to the larger societal issues of economic inequities and climate change. She will talk about what an integrated school is and the connection between integrated schools and dismantling racism.
Shino Takinawa’s day job is as Executive Director of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District (a very small government agency in NYC). In her “spare time” she is a public school advocate serving on Community Education Council District 2 (a.k.a., local school board), and a school integration and anti-racism activist. She has a loving husband (married 35 years), two daughters and 4 cats and lives in Manhattan.
Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Many cultures and faiths honor this time with lights. Come together. Light a candle, let us send light to a world that needs it so much these days.
We begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30 pm, with social time afterward. If you can, bring a snack to share.
Ines Sun, artist and tea lover, creator of the Wild Lily Tea Room in Chelsea in 1998-2006, sole adventurist in the world of art and tea.
Growing up in Taiwan and watching her grandpa practicing calligraphy had influenced her journey in tea and brought her different perspectives in the practices of both territories. Ines’ TianDiChaWu/ 天地茶屋(Heaven Earth Tea Houe), an ongoing art installation, has been incorporating both the tea and calligraphy with the substantial art experiences she curated. Peeling away the idea of creating the garden, Ines wants us to get in contact with those elements bare bone.
No experience of calligraphy and knowledge of Chinese would be needed. All materials would be provided.
Limited Spots. Get tickets here.
Sunday Morning Meeting: 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM
Cooperative Economics featuring Word Up Cafe: 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Lighting of Kwanzaa Candles and Karamu Feast: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Speaker: Nettie Paisley, Interfaith Minister,
Social Entrepreneur, Reiki Master
Presider: Rita Wilson
Music: DuPree & Barry Kornhauser
Come out and enjoy an African American Celebration paying homage to 7 Empowerment Principles (NGUZO SABA) and learn about the “unrecognized” sustainable cooperative economic milestones during the First Reconstruction era, Second Reconstruction era—Civil Rights Movement and the Third Reconstruction era—Post Racial among Black Millennials. After the Platform, appreciate the dynamics of African American cooperative economics and its effect on family, community and culture from a Brooklyn small business owner, Word Up Cafe. Participate in the candle lighting ceremony and enjoy the Karamu (Feast).
Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The word is derived from the words: SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take). —CARTER G. WOODSON CENTER
DuPree’s “soaring contralto voice, powerful vibrato and melodious yodeling grip the listener with hope for humanity; her songs evoke the haunting quality of a longing for truth and an inquiry into the different shades of justice.”
Barry Kornhauser was born in the Midwest of the Bronx and presently lives in Brooklyn. 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 DuPree as an accompanist since the early 90’s.
The Karamu (Feast) will take place in the Sunroom.
Sunday Platforms are a long-standing tradition within Ethical Culture to bring light and heat to matters of ethical concerns in a formal setting.
Come join us for another New Year’s Eve celebration as we gather to connect and commit to the release of 2019 and the promise of 2020. Be warm watching the Prospect Park fireworks in our beautiful garden by our outdoor firepit and landmark meeting house. Enjoy our famous “Cha Cha” Chili (vegan and carnivore), drink some wine or beer, at midnight a champagne toast, and start the new year with singing and post-firework dancing.
We welcome all families, ages, identities, and backgrounds.
Tickets are $65 per adult and includes food, 2 drinks, champagne toast and desserts.
Party of four $240.
Couples at $120.
Children under 9 free; youth under 17 – $15 each.
In today’s climate of increasing conflict across the political divide, it’s become the norm to “call out” people who’ve made racist comments. While calling someone out by yelling at them, labeling them as racist, or shaming them may be appropriate in some situations, this Sunday Platform will introduce practical ways to use these situations to “call in” and educate others. Specifically, the talk will introduce the Many Hats Model for determining how to approach individuals who make racist comments and understand our own role in the discussion so that we can best “call out” or “call in” others.
Paul Chiariello has a Masters in Science in Sociology of Education from Oxford, where he conducted studies on identity-based conflict resolution, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia. He has worked in social science research, interfaith dialogue, curriculum development, and related fields. Currently he works as an adolescent therapist and volunteers as a facilitator and curriculum developer for Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Growing up, Paul identified with a conservative, religious fundamentalist community, which he left in his early twenties.
DuPree a visual/performance artist has spent most of the past 40 years as an activist, singer and song writer. 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 and 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. You can learn more at https://www.dupreelegacy.com/
With Tom Gogan from MovetheMoney-NYC
This Resolution 747A-2019 would put our city on official record in favor of making substantial cuts to the Pentagon war budget that robs the city and its residents of money needed for vital public services. And it would mandate in-depth public hearings to determine the dollar amounts taken from the City and its residents by Congress in funding the military budget.
Join us for a conversation colloquy about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will have a discussion on facts and trivia e.g. MLK Jr. could have been named Michael. Is it a fact that MLK was assassinated on April 4, 1968? Who is known as Daddy King? Is AD King related to MLK Jr.’s family? We will share information and reveal trivia.
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 Ogunleye 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.
$20 children 3 to 12 years old ( $25 at the door)
Free for children 2 yo or younger
$10 for adults and teens accompanying a child.( $15 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.
The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of 2 citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed that young people could be a positive force in their communities if they developed critical thinking skills, youth activism, leadership qualities, and the courage to break free from stereotypes. Eleanor Roosevelt, long-time chair of The Encampment board of sponsors, often hosted students for discussions, workshops and barbeques at her Hyde Park estate. When the program was attacked by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she defended it vigorously. “The reason I think these Encampments are so important,” she wrote, “is that they are attended by citizens of different races and groups. They prepare people for thinking in terms of all people and not in terms of a selected few. Not only we in the U.S., but people all over the world, need young people trained to be good citizens with an ability to think with an open mind.”
Anne Klaeysen recently retired as Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where she served since 2008. She continues to be Humanist Chaplain at New York University and Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, and teaches at the Center for Education (formerly the Humanist Institute) of American Humanist Association. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College.