The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture seeks to be an inclusive community focused on social justice and personal growth.

Who We Are

We are an inclusive humanist community that focuses on both social justice and personal growth.  Values and action are more important to us than what we each believe or don’t believe.  Human worth and human connection are key values we hold precious.  As a community, we celebrate and mourn together, supporting and challenging each other in our humanness.  We are also part of a larger network of Ethical Societies in North America.

What We Do

We meet on Sundays to reflect on ethical living, get inspired to action, and to connect with each other person to person. We have many other opportunities to learn together, for example to understand racism, to practice compassionate communication, or to learn permaculture or mindfulness practices. We also promote action, for example marching  together for climate justice with thousands of others, cooperating with other organizations on peace or anti-racism, and aiding members in their own activism with ideas, tools, and a supportive community.

How to Join

If you think this is a community you might like to be part of, check us out on a Sunday or at other events for a few times, including in the informal conversations that are an important part of our community life. Explore a few activities that feed your human spirit.  Make a few friends!  You can subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to find out what’s happening.  Membership is open to anyone who’s visited a few times, is willing to make a commitment to helping the Society and its programs continue into the future, and is in general agreement with our principles and values.

Come join us at the events below:

Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
9:00 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[...]
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Being Well ( previously Care of the Soul) @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
10:00 am
Join us for a discussion on health, well being and the connection to current events as we navigate these challenging times. All are welcome.
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural[...]
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Encampment for Citizenship - An Experience in Participatory Democracy @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
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[...]
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Society Writers @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 pm
We are a group of writers of all levels and disciplines dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing. Join us on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 PM to[...]
Issues and Action Discussion Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Discussion Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 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[...]
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Art and Fun
6:00 pm
Join us for 8 weeks of artistic fun with your family! This class is designed with your whole family in mind. Kids and adults alike will get to flex their creative muscles as they work[...]
Newcomer’s Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Newcomer's Supper @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
6:30 pm
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[...]
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 9:55 am
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
9:00 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[...]
Ethics for Children – Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children - Ages 3 to16yo @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural[...]
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
Speaker: Lana Dee Povitz and Kathy Goldman Presider: Rebecca Lurie Featuring Music by: The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus Author Lana Dee Povitz talks with the book’s most featured protagonist, Kathy Goldman. The stories touch the range[...]
Issues and Action Discussion Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action Discussion Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
1:00 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[...]