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

Oct 2 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Tara Klein, former teen group advisor at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, will join us to speak about her work in New York State politics. With an upbringing in the Ethical Culture movement[...]
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
This Sunday is your opportunity to see and hear from Wen Stephenson, journalist and author of the climate justice book What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice,[...]
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Apologies are often seen as the first step towards being forgiven for mistaken or intentional hurtful behavior. We can probably all call to mind ineffective apologies from politicians and celebrities. “What occurred was unintentional and[...]
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
© Ginasanders | Dreamstime Stock Photos Our Sunday platform meetings are designed to inspire ethical living, find community, and help us understand the world and ourselves. We begin at 11 a.m. with a gathering time[...]
Oct 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
One Sunday per month, children and adults join together upstairs in our meeting room. We will explore a topic or theme, often tied to a holiday or season, using music, stories, discussion, art, and good[...]
Nov 6 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Our Sunday platform meetings are designed to inspire ethical living, find community, and help us understand the world and ourselves. We begin at 11 a.m. with a gathering time (including coffee), and then a program[...]

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

Sep 26 @ 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[...]
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
For most of us, our formal education in history has left us with large gaps in our knowledge of African American history and the history of race in America.  This series of programs is intended[...]
Oct 3 @ 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[...]
Oct 4 @ 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.[...]
Oct 10 @ 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[...]
Oct 17 @ 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[...]

Where Are We?

Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture

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