Our Focus: Inspiring Ethical Living

Our Invitation: Find Community and a Welcoming Home

Our Key Values: Human Worth and Human Connection

Our Commitment: Deed Above Creed

Our Journey: Lifelong Ethical Learning and Growth

Our Hope: Renew Ourselves, Renew the World

Our Future: Build an Ethical Culture Together

About Us

Cultivating Ethical Living

Ethics, in our tradition, is not just declaring what is right and what is wrong.  It is making the choices to create a world where everyone matters, and acting in ways such that the worth of every individual is most likely to be able to shine.  We won’t always succeed – but even our failures are learning opportunities. A diverse community of support helps us to continue to learn to live our values in all our actions and relationships.

Ethical Culture

Ethical Culture is a way of life that fosters reverence by nurturing life, building connections, and living as fully as we are able. It is not about right beliefs, but right actions. It is a call to be human, not to be perfect. It is remembrance and awareness of our infinite interrelation with all being. Through this conscious choice to live, we may renew our world, and the world of our children. We have a faith in the caring capacity of ourselves and others, and we seek to learn and practice ways of being together that make the ethical life possible and enjoyable.

About This Society

The Ethical Culture movement (including 22+ societies and fellowships) began in 1876, and this Society was founded in 1948. The Society has brought its commitment to the worth of every individual into our global and local actions. We have engaged in projects to benefit our neighbors in need and to be part of larger efforts to bring peace, justice, democracy, and sustainability to our world. and richness and meaning to the personal lives of others and ourselves.

What We Do

Sunday Programs

We call our weekly Sunday gatherings Platform Meetings.  We gather to hear inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living and personal transformation.  Find out more, including a calendar of upcoming Sunday topics:  Sunday Meetings

Ethical Action

In its history, this Society has been part of creating institutions that serve our neighbors’ needs. We support a local shelter for homeless men and are active in the local climate justice coalition. More: Ethical Action

Ethics for Children

Ethical Living

Welcome to Our Next Sunday Topics

May 29 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Most people who’ve lost loved ones know that expressions of easy hope aren’t helpful in one’s deep despair. As human beings, we have an ability to and a need to mourn.  And while we want[...]
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
with Award-winning pianist and writer, Jessica Roemischer.  Uniquely combining piano music, story-telling and collaborative creativity, Jessica Roemischer dissolves the boundary between performer and audience. She’ll dialogue with those present and share uplifting anecdotes as she[...]
Jun 12 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Sometimes it seems like the study of ethics is very complicated.  But the ideas of ethics are actually quite simple — maybe not always easy to live by — and not that hard to understand.[...]
Jun 19 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
With Amy Halpern-Laff, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition.  Factory farming has devastating repercussions, not only on the animals but also on factory and slaughterhouse workers, many of whom are undocumented, the planet, and public health. We will[...]
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
“As we live and as we are, Simplicity — with a capital ‘S’ — is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life[...]
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
This Sunday platform meeting has not yet been scheduled.  Watch for further announcements about speaker, topic and format! “The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.[...]

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
This month, our “Ethics Matters” theme is blessings.  The word sometimes includes connotations of traditional religion and the supernatural.  We’re looking at it in the more secular meaning: those good things that happen to us[...]
May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Relationships are central to living “the good life.” Most of us want to find ways to improve our relationships – including with partners, children, parents, other family, friends, people at work or in our communities.[...]
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]

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