Calendar

Nov
18
Sun
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intergenerational Festival: “Wampanoag.” ​ Led by Remi Gay @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

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.

Ethics for Children Class
Nov 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

Nov
25
Sun
No Ethics for Children or Yoga – Holiday Weekend
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
No Ethics for Children or Yoga - Holiday Weekend

Please note that due to the holiday weekend, there will be no Ethics for Children classes or Yoga November 11 or 25th.

Thanksgiving Colloquy
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am
Thanksgiving Colloquy @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
What brings you joy at this time of year or any time of year? We will create mini posters of words, drawings, magazine cutouts, quotes or poems that will remind us of what brings meaning to our lives. We will have an opportunity to share our memories and creations with each other.

SPECIAL REQUEST: If anyone can bring in magazines we can use for cutouts for mini posters…either before or the day of, that would be wonderful!

Dec
2
Sun
Being Open to the Mysterious
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Will Rogers once said, “It ain’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”  Richard Feynman said it in different words, “”I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.”  When choosing between uncertainty and false certainty, knowing that we don’t know is usually the better choice.

Tree In Mysterious Forest

Romolo Tavani / Adobe Stock Images / used with permission

The world, and our universe, are full of inspiring mystery, and so are our everyday lives.  Mystery isn’t the same as superstition, where we assume that we know the cause of an action or consequence. Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on what it means to accept mystery in our lives.

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 December is Mystery – The practice of embracing life and the universe with humility and awe; understanding the limits of human knowledge.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
― Albert Einstein

“Many of the past generation and many of today have found three abiding values:
the quiet meditation on life,
the reaching out toward the universal and the infinite,
and the courageous facing of one’s profoundest wishes.
With these as our calling, let us sense and share the glory and mystery of everyday things.
Let us look with sympathy upon humanity’s age-long dilemmas.
Let no questions be taboo.”
― Sophia Lyon Fahs, whose writings inspired Ethics for Children lessons used at the Society in the 1950s and 1960s

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when [one] contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” ― Albert Einstein

“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” ― Carl Sagan

 

Ethics for Children Class
Dec 2 @ 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

TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Boil The Leaf

Yes, boil the leaf! Like how we cook medicine in the old time and like how many cultures are still doing. What we are going to discover? Besides workshop on boiling the leaf, this would be a kickoff event for our tea culture series in 2019.

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

Dec
9
Sun
Mysteries: Challenges to Know the Unknown
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am
Man on path and doorway with aged clock

(c) Adobe Stock Images. Used with permission.

Muriel Tillinghast, Brooklyn Ethical’s Ethical Action Committee chairperson, has brought interesting programs to us before including for Enhanced Discussion and the Lucy’s Children group.  On this Sunday, she’ll look at historical and political mysteries.

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 December is Mystery – The practice of embracing life and the universe with humility and awe; understanding the limits of human knowledge.

Ethics for Children Class
Dec 9 @ 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

Dec
16
Sun
Winter Solstice 2019
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am
Winter Solstice 2019

There are times we feel like we are in the shadows. And there are times that we realize that even in the shadows we are not alone. In what ways can we remind one another that we are each other’s brave space?
Join us for our multigenerational Winter Solstice festival to celebrate the values and spirit of the season with music, food and light.
Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.
Please bring a dish to share if you can.

Ethics for Children Class
Dec 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

Dec
23
Sun
Winter Solstice – Bring Light
Dec 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Solstice - Bring Light @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. Many religions and faiths honor this time with lights. Come together. Light a candle. Join Rebecca Lurie in this colloquy (participative circle) to reflect and share feelings, needs, strengths, offerings with our community. Bring a favorite candle or 2 to light if you wish.

We begin at 11 am and end about 12:30 pm, with social time afterwards.

Dec
30
Sun
Kwanzaa: A Colloquy on the Seven Principles
Dec 30 @ 11:00 am
Kwanzaa:  A Colloquy on the Seven Principles @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Kwanzaa is a 7-day holiday, December 26 – January 1, originally created in the 1960s by Maulana Karenga as both a humanistic alternative to Christmas, and an explicitly African American holiday. Karenga later evolved his idea to being an addition, not necessarily an opposition, to Christmas, and Karenga has encouraged diverse groups to celebrate, still honoring how the principles are rooted in African and African American culture and history. In this colloquy, led by BSEC members, we’ll reflect together on the principles, learn a bit about the holiday if it’s new to you, and share a potluck meal afterwards. You’re encouraged to bring a dish inspired by African, African American or African Caribbean cultures if you can do so.

Dec
31
Mon
New Year’s Eve on the Park
Dec 31 2018 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 2:00 am

New Year’s Eve celebration open house at the mansion.

Be warm watching the Prospect Park fireworks in B.S.E.C’s beautiful garden and landmark meeting house. Make some Smores beside our outdoor firepit, enjoy our famous “Cha Cha” Chili (vegan and carnivore), drink some wine and beer, bring in midnight with a champagne toast, and start the new year with a drum circle or some post-firework dancing.

We welcome all identities, families, ages, and backgrounds.
Please RSVP by December 21st for childcare.
Childcare available (with a limit of 20 children, so get children tickets while they last).

$50.00 includes unlimited food, 2 drinks, champagne toast and desserts. Proceeds support our Building Accessibility Campaign.
$60 at the door

Eventbrite - New Year's Eve on the Park - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Event sponsored by Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Jan
6
Sun
Ethics Begins With Choice
Jan 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Making and acting on wise choices is the root of ethics.  How do we make wiser choices and then act on them? Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the role of choice in our lives. Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser.

In the 1990s, Brooklyn Ethical and other Ethical Societies identified the Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture under the leadership of Lois Kellerman, then Clergy Leader.  The first of the commitments was this: Ethics begins with choice.

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

 

Ethics for Children Class
Jan 6 @ 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

Jan
11
Fri
Newcomer’s Supper
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library

If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC. If you’ve been wondering about this Society and community, this is an opportunity to learn more, share your own hopes for connection, and get to know some of the people at BSEC.
Join us for an evening of conversation, food and community as we share about our ethical tradition and vibrant society. This will be a great opportunity to hear more about the experiences of our members and find out how your passions connect with BSEC programs and committees.
Please join us at:
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (at the library)
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(FREE CHILDCARE AVAILABLE WITH 3 DAYS ADVANCE RSVP)
Refreshments and food will be provided.
RSVP below.

 

Jan
13
Sun
Mindfulness Meditation with Paulette Graf
Jan 13 @ 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
Colloquy: Patience is Power
Jan 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Colloquy: Patience is Power @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

A Chinese proverb reminded us: Patience is power: with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk.
Very different in some of our communities, therefore we tend to view racism through a lens of less patience without power.
Join us for a candid discussion on topics of patience and racism and on how and what to do for a more just/equable society.

Ethics for Children Class
Jan 13 @ 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