Celebrate Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth is a long-celebrated holiday, now a national holiday, commemorating the emancipation of African Americans.  This year, RYSEC will join the annual Juneteenth platform of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Zoom. Our speaker, the Rev. Dr. Jermaine J....

The Possibility of Liberation

Juneteenth is an American holiday celebrating the ending of slavery in America. Or rather, the announcement of the end of slavery — slavery didn’t actually end with that news. The historical basis of the celebration is the announcement of the end of slavery by a Union...

Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass

Honoring Black History Month: Frederick Douglass, one of the finest orators and inspirational writers of the 19th century, began his life enslaved. In the abolitionist movement, he was living testimony that the slaveholders’ excuse for slavery was a lie: that people...

Interdependence Day

We will explore the meaning behind July 4th, Independence Day, and consider what it meant to be free in America then and now. This event will include a reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro,” live poetry, music, and a hands-on...

Community for Freethinkers

Sounds a bit like a paradox: freethinkers in community. Yet freedom and social connection are both crucial for human flourishing. Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will reflect on what kind of community fits the needs of freethinkers, what freethinkers bring to community...

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