BSEC at March to End Fossil Fuels

BSEC at March to End Fossil Fuels

On Sept 17th, some of our members and Ethics for Children students participated in the March to End Fossil Fuels, demanding investments in alternative greener options and a better future for our children. The kids even ended up being interviewed by a radio station from Tokyo. Care for the world is a basic ethical principle.
Some pictures from the event can be found below:
BSEC at March to End Fossil Fuels

Dance at BSEC

On April 30th, BSEC, in collaboration with Good Neighbors of Park Slope, had a community dance, led by Laurie Shayler, from Dance Connection.
It was a lovely night, full of gracious steps and many fun missteps, with about 50 friends of all ages, sharing a great night with music, dance, wine, and snacks.
Some pictures from the event can be found below:

Black History Month 2022









Come join us for our Black History Month programming:

February Schedule

Sun, February 6 at 11:00 am
What If “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Other Stories Became Reality?
With speaker Lujira Cooper.

What if the books “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Faithless in Death”, “The Insurrection”, and the “Texas Law”, show how misogyny and patriarchy could lead to the overthrow of our fragile democracy!


Sun, February 13 at 11:00 am
Ending Witchcraft Accusations in Northern Ghana
With speaker Yvonne Selase Nyahe
Witch camps still exist in Ghana. Neighbors discriminate and turn on women accusing them of practicing witchcraft.


Sun, February 20 at 11:00 am
Roots of Black History Month
With speaker Mrs. Olivia Taylor.

Known as the “Father of Black History,” hear how Carter G. Woodson dedicated his life to African American history and built black history month from a day to a week to a national institution.

Sun, February 27 at 11:00 am
The Timeless Lessons of Toni Morrison

With speaker Christian Hayden.
Used as fodder in Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial race, Toni Morisson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved was classified too “unsettling” for children to read!



Meet Our Speakers

Lujira Cooper
Lujira Cooper
Lujira Cooper is an African American lesbian activist. At SAGE midtown, she facilitates two creative writing playshops (not workshops!) and spoke at World Pride Opening in 2019. She has a BA and MA in English and Creative Writing and a BS in Criminal Justice. She is a BSEC Trustee.
Yvonne Nyahe
Yvonne Nyahe
Yvonne Nyahe is Director of Humanist Action Ghana an anti-poverty NGO that provides vocational training to young women alleged as witches to become seamstresses and tailors and learn the sewing trade. Yvonne will share her personal experiences with witchcraft and her journey to fulfill her vision for Humanist Action Ghana.
Olivia S. Taylor
Olivia S. Taylor

Olivia S. Taylor is an educator, activist, writer, author, civil rights worker, and scholar. As an educator, she founded an alternative school in Brownsville. She volunteers at Heritage House, Kings County Hospital, and her writing is featured in Dream Catcher’s Song.

Christian Hayden
Christian Hayden
Christian Hayden is a facilitator, writer, and media maker who roots himself in the connection and engagement of Black and Humanist communities. Currently serving as intern clergy with the Ethical Society of St. Louis, Christian served on an inaugural team of Humanist Service Corps, now Humanist Action Ghana.

All the talks are free!

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The Art of Dying with a monthly Death Discussion Group

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality?

The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying.
All topics welcome. There are no taboos.

Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.
3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm

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What is Ethical Living

What is Ethical Living

Ethical Living provides a format with which we nurture connections and explore interests within our congregations. Our goal is to see every person, from the core of our congregation to the ever-growing community, connected in a healthy small group. We want to help seekers become transformed individuals who model ethical living and motivate others to do the same.

We provide programming through a number of community circles with a variety of ways you can get connected and form relationships to feel a real sense of our wonderful community. These are ongoing, multi-generational adult program of circles to encourage life-long learning and new relationships.

Enhanced Discussion – facilitated by Muriel Tillinghast  More information

Gardening Circle (open to all) We are group of gardeners of varying interests and abilities. Some of us maintain extensive gardens, some of us garden in containers. Some of us go nuts for “obscure” plants, some of us love vegetables, and some of us could not live without perennials. Orchid lover, backyard orchardist, tulipomaniac, greenhouse hobbyist, fig specialist, dahlia enthusiast, tomato king, sunflower queen. A few of us are just starting to play in the dirt. You can meet us all, and you can be one of us and nurture our BSEC grounds!

Compassionate Communication Circle (open to all) Compassionate Communication, more popularly known as Non Violent Communication offers a framework for communication with many tools. It is based on the notion that each person has needs, and that those needs are equally important. This group meets to practice techniques of compassionate communication on a monthly basis.

Parent Circle (open to all) Our monthly Parent Circles are a time to check in with each other, to get to know one another and to deepen our own sense of community as parents. These discussions are helpful for identifying needs in the community of parents and families; everyone is welcome.

Sunday Sharing Circle (open to all) A group of our community members gathers in the Library every Sunday from 10:00 – 10:45 am for the weekly sharing circle. Everyone is welcome to attend and check in with a circle of caring, compassionate listeners.

Brooklyn Society Writers Circle (open to all) Our Writer’s Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 1-3pm in the 2nd floor library (dates and meeting locations are subject to change). All writers are welcome, BSEC members and non-members alike. Each meeting consists of an ice breaker, an exercise where all write on a shared topic, and time to share and give feedback on works in progress. The feedback is warm and supportive.

Prospect Park Board Gaming Club
The Prospect Park Board Gaming Club is a place to meet new people, drink good beer, and – of course – play board games. We have Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, BANG!, Arctic Scavengers, Cards Against Humanity, Cosmic Encounters, and a bunch of others. The Club is hosted by the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. For updates on this club, join the.Meet Up group here.

Women’s New Moon Circles (open to all women) New moons (or dark moons) have long been considered a time for renewal or new beginnings. A circle of women gather on (or near) each new moon to recharge our energy through meditation, readings, personal sharing (if you choose) and singing. We invite all attendees to bring a candle, which will be symbolically lit to welcome the return of the moon’s light and to represent a renewed energy to carry back into the world. Women of all ages and religious backgrounds are welcome. (currently in hiatus)