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

Jul 3 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
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[...]
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Join us for local conversation and awareness-building about small farmers, sustainable agriculture, and reforestation efforts. It’s also a fascinating look at corporate social responsibility and “green business” efforts: the film features the organization Timberland’s pledge[...]
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
© Marek Uliasz | Dreamstime Stock Photos What are a couple of your favorite poems?  Ones that inspire you? that speak of joy or hope or both?  That you’d like to share? Bring a couple[...]
Jul 24 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
© Djama86 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Using Arthur Dobrin’s book of ethical dilemmas, we’ll look at some typical or not-so-typical everyday ethical decisions, and talk about how we might differ in our approaches to those[...]
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Using our colloquy (participative and reflective) format, we’ll consider the role of delight in the “good life.”  So many religions, including the Puritan religion of early Europeans who helped set the stage for American culture,[...]
Aug 7 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
© Diego Vito Cervo | Dreamstime Stock Photos What do you say when someone asks you about your religion or philosophy?  About what you believe in?  What that “ethical culture” idea and place is that[...]

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Save the date!  This afternoon concert of classical and musical theater songs features tenor Mark Z. Seah and pianist Alexander Crosett. Tickets are $25 at the door.  The concert benefits the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical[...]
Jul 4 @ 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[...]
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
A continuation of our meetings on white privilege and dismantling racism. We will discuss ways in which the Society for Ethical Culture can take action with other groups and movements to dismantle racism. Our hope[...]
Jul 11 @ 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[...]
Jul 18 @ 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[...]
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Join us for a family-friendly movie night! We’ll have fresh popcorn, supervision for the children watching the film, and relaxation time for parents to either watch the film or meet other adults and socialize. For[...]

Where Are We?

Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture

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