Calendar

May
19
Sun
Pandora’s Box
May 19 @ 11:00 am

Curiosity has both a positive and a negative side.  Failure to be curious can lead to a failure of empathy for others, to understanding them as they are and not as we assume they are or should be.  When faced with fear, failure to engage our curiosity can keep us stuck.  Yet curiosity can bring us trouble, as well.  Consider the myth of Pandora, whose curiosity unleashed, according to the story, the evils of the world: sadness, poverty, misery, disease, and death. And there’s the old adage about “curiosity killed the cat.”

Lady in green antique dress opening box on white background

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Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on how we might nurture informed curiosity in our children and ourselves.

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Ethics for Children Class
May 19 @ 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

Issues and Action Circle
May 19 @ 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.

May
26
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
May 26 @ 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.

Memorial Day Colloquy: What Are We A Voice For?
May 26 @ 11:00 am
Memorial Day Colloquy: What Are We A Voice For? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Tasha Paley, facilitator
In this gathering, we will consider our legacies.  This applies to what we leave behind for others AND how we live our lives – what we are the voice for, what values inform our actions, how we want to impact those around us.
We will gather together in a circle to address these questions. We will have time for large group sharing and small group break outs for reflection. We will have available to us the use of art/collage materials and writing materials for those who choose to use them.

A colloquy is an opportunity to gather together in an intimate and informal circle to listen to, share with, and honor each other

Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Issues and Action Circle
May 26 @ 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.

May
31
Fri
All Ages Gaming Night
May 31 @ 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, May 31st 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

Jun
2
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jun 2 @ 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.

Passing on the Patchwork Quilt
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am

This is the last platform address for the Society’s Interim Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis.  She will reflect on the nature of Ethical Culture Leadership, and the community will have an opportunity to say good-bye.  (Jone will be available by phone and email, and in person by mutual agreement, through June 30.  She will be at the AEU Assembly the week of June 23.) Music by DuPree, accompanied by Barry Kornhauser. Annual membership meeting with board elections etc. follows the platform.

Many colored patchwork and applique quilt

ID 22123099 © Eladora | Dreamstime.com

A metaphor for the leadership of an Ethical Society is the patchwork quilt. Many before have taken it up and worked on it, then laid it down for others to pick up. In this transition, too, Jone lays down the quilt she has lovingly worked on for these years we’ve spent together, and it will be up to the Society to determine how that work continues into the future.

Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward.  Feel free to bring some snacks to share.  On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.

 

Ethics for Children Class
Jun 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

Issues and Action Circle
Jun 2 @ 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.

Jun
7
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race and the fact of Racism.  We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of most months from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Jun
9
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jun 9 @ 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
Jun 9 @ 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
Members Passion
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am
Members Passion @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
An annual event!
 
We all have something we love that is worth sharing with others!. You are   invited to share a passion of yours at platform ( for about 5 min.) e.g,  singing or leading a song; playing a musical instrument; reading poems or an essay; showing  your  artwork; leading a brief meditation; sharing a hobby that you love; sharing a cause you believe in; your favorite recipe. The Sky Is The Limit!
We will also set up display tables if you have a passion you would like to display.
This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other in new ways!
( if you are not yet a member of BSEC but would like to participate you are warmly invited to, time permitting.)
If you are interested please contact Tasha Paley <tashapal@gmail.com>
We hope you’ll join us for this stimulating, warm, and ever-popular event!
Ethics for Children Class
Jun 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

Issues and Action Circle
Jun 9 @ 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.

Jun
14
Fri
Lucy’s Children Meeting
Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States

We have launched a community effort to examine the fiction of Race and the fact of Racism.  We are a volunteer membership group convening to be a catalyst for conversations at BSEC as well as in the outside world on Ending Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. We seek to engage in conversations, develop programs, promote personal development, and deepen our interpersonal connections. We seek to learn from our individual and shared experiences and engage in advocacy on racial issues in the wider world.

Our plan is to provide information, opportunities, and events that can help us come together as a society to end racism. We will meet the first three Fridays of most months from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at BSEC to plan our efforts, to share resources and related experiences.

Please join if you are interested and available.

All members of BSEC and their personal guests are welcome at the learning sessions of Lucy’s Children.

Note: if anyone wants to join LC but can’t make the 4-6;30PM time slot on Fridays please speak to one of the LC members or email Tasha Paley tashapal@gmail.com with a request for change of time.

Lucy was discovered in 1974 by paleontologists in Ethiopia. At that time she was the earliest known ancestor of the human species. This is why we call our group Lucy’s children.

Jun
16
Sun
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC
Jun 16 @ 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.

Juneteenth Celebration
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am
Juneteenth Celebration @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Guest Speaker:
Prof. Izell Glover
The Renaissance of the African American Cowboy

Presider:
Sister Rita Wilson

Music:
DuPree & Barry Kornhouser

Please come and examine work that best reflects love for the heritage of a rich and proud people. Graphic illustration series on the Black cowboy visually reaffirms Izell Glover’s noted devotion to tracing and documenting the Black experience.

Graphic artist Izell Glover, has contributed to the African American Culture of Black Western Art. He has been the recipient of scores of art and civic awards and citations. His commitment to the promotion and exploration of Black American culture and art is evident in the detailed historical realism of many of his works. His artwork is full of the colors, symbols, and images of Black life.

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.

Lunch With The Bunch to follow in the Sunroom.

Sunday Platforms are a long-standing tradition whithin Ethical Culture to bring light and heat to matters of ethical concerns in a formal setting.