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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!

TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
The Voice Continues

White, Oolong, Black. Followed by our October workshop, we are going to focus more on the other half of the six categories this time. Taste teas all from Wu Yi Shan. What could be waiting?

Limited space, please RSVP here.

 

Nov
9
Fri
7th Annual Pledge Dinner
Nov 9 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
7th Annual Pledge Dinner @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of food, fun and celebrating our community.
Please RSVP below:

Nov
10
Sat
No Ethics for Children or Yoga – Holiday Weekend
Nov 10 @ 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.

Nov
11
Sun
Memory: Re-Membering the World
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Memory is a strange experience. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead, we store bits and pieces of the experience, and our minds construct what we call a “memory” in the moment of remembering — or re-membering, putting the pieces back together in a story that serves this moment.   Memory, including our personal history, is constantly being re-membered. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.

The same is true of social memory, whether it’s culture or history. We have been taught, perhaps, that history is about what happened long ago.  But here too, we re-member what happened — we patch together a story that hangs together well (or not) and that informs us for the future.  Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.   As one example: what stories are we telling this week about our country, the election?  Which re-membering will serve to heal the world, to serve goodness?

Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of how we construct memory, both personal and social.

Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards.  This Sunday, we will be sharing parts of our platform to one or more Societies via video.  We are going to experiment with sharing the response period, taking questions from both our Society and those sharing the platform.

 

Nov
14
Wed
Enhanced Discussion-
Nov 14 @ 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
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.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.