Sunday Platform Meetings

Ethical Action

Ethical Living

Ethical Education

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

Coming Soon on Sundays at 11 am

Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
This Sunday, we’ll hear about a proposal for an Elected Civilian Review Board for the police department, to fit in with our ethical theme of “Trust.” We will hear from Curtis O’Neal, MD, MS.  Dr.[...]
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
When this country was considering a Declaration of Independence from England, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, part of the group considering the future: “Remember the Ladies.”  Here it is, 142 years later,[...]

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.

From our blog

300 HOPE Dinners and counting

By Kim Brandon On the third Sunday in May, 1993, four guests and twice as many volunteers sat down together in the Dempsey Center here in Brooklyn to begin a journey of building community in the face of one of the worst epidemics of our time.  We are still far from a...

Thank you for coming to Families Celebrate Africa (and pictures)

This past Monday, January 15th, 2018, we gathered with hundreds of families to honor and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Together we sang, danced, heard stories about those who have dedicated their lives to the fight for human and civil rights and...

From Jone Lewis – How you can contribute to platforms

Lots going on right now at BSEC, and we're at the edge of making our platforms even better!  Here are some ways you can contribute: 1) MUSIC: The Sunday Committee voted to form a Music Subcommittee to help bring live music including community singing to more platform...

Families Celebrate Africa - A Martin Luther King Day Event

Register now for our Ethics for Children classes!

Come join us at the events below:

Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb 24 @ 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[...]
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Accountability and Trust: What Is an Elected Civilian Review Board? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
This Sunday, we’ll hear about a proposal for an Elected Civilian Review Board for the police department, to fit in with our ethical theme of “Trust.” We will hear from Curtis O’Neal, MD, MS.  Dr.[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb 24 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
11:01 am
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:[...]
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action 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[...]
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bridging the Gap: A YOUth led intergenerational conversation about healthy Relationships @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
6:00 pm
Along with Black History month, February marks the month of Teen Dating Violence Prevention. Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment along with Ethics for Children of The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture invites you to[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States
4:00 pm
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[...]
Sunday Morning Yoga at BSEC @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 3 @ 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[...]
Still a Long Way to Go @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Still a Long Way to Go @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
11:00 am
When this country was considering a Declaration of Independence from England, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, part of the group considering the future: “Remember the Ladies.”  Here it is, 142 years later,[...]
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 3 @ 11:01 am – 12:30 pm
Ethics for Children Class @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
11:01 am
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:[...]
Issues and Action Circle @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Issues and Action 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[...]
TeaXchange  – Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
TeaXchange  - Life Reflection thru the Lens of Tea @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
3:00 pm
English Tea History and Tradition – An afternoon tea tasting with Sara Shacket March 3rd 3-5pm What do you know about English tea? Go beyond English Breakfast and learn a little bit about the history and[...]
Lucy’s Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library
Mar 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Lucy's Children Meeting @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Library | Mount Prospect | Illinois | United States
4:00 pm
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[...]