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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

Sep 6 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Joan Chittister, from a Benedictine point of view, writes about work, asking if it is good work, “work that makes the world a better, more just, more fair, and more humane place for everyone…. Good work is[...]
Sep 13 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Members and visitors are encouraged to bring two things this Sunday: a dish to share for a potluck brunch, and a memory of something interesting or meaningful that they participated in this summer, perhaps symbolized[...]
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
With Jone Johnson Lewis.  This morning’s title comes from a poem written originally in the 13th century, about 800 years ago. Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn’t matter,[...]
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker: Emily Newman. Is lying ethical? We are surrounded by falsehoods, exaggerations, denial, and sarcasm; that affect our judgment and shape our actions for better and worse. We must first learn what is a lie,[...]
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
With LoraKim Joyner.  Workshop follows, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. How can we nurture ourselves so we can nurture all of nature, become more resilient so we can live ever deeper, more ethical lives?
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Save the date – more to be announced soon!

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Description: What we eat matters—the food choices we make everyday have an impact on our planet. Hungry for Change helps participants explore the true meaning of the phrase “you are what you eat.” Learn about our[...]
Sep 7 @ 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 8 @ 7:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
What does the latest science tell us about how we make ethical decisions? How can we use this knowledge to improve our human relationships? We’ll be discussing some of the latest in neuroscience related to ethics,[...]
Sep 14 @ 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 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Description: What we eat matters—the food choices we make everyday have an impact on our planet. Hungry for Change helps participants explore the true meaning of the phrase “you are what you eat.” Learn about our[...]
Sep 21 @ 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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