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

Dec 11 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture Meeting House
In times of sadness, worry, grief, how can we still muster some presence to the moment instead of being lost in past regrets and concerns about the future?  Why is that important? One way we[...]
Dec 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Join us for winter songs, a story about festivals of lights around the world, cookie decorating, and a potluck lunch!  Most cultures and religions celebrate some kind of “festival of lights” at this time of[...]
Dec 25 @ 11:00 am
No platform meeting at RYSEC this week.  The office will be closed, and staff is on vacation.  Consider spending time with friends or family instead, doing some volunteer work, reading a book, or some other[...]
Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
No platform meeting at RYSEC this week.  The office will be closed, and staff is on vacation.  Consider spending time with friends or family instead, doing some volunteer work, reading a book, or some other[...]
Jan 8 @ 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[...]
Jan 15 @ 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[...]

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

Dec 12 @ 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[...]
Dec 13 @ 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.[...]
Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Meeting Room, Society for Ethical Culture
Climate March 2014 Some go to a gym to work out to build their physical strength, some go to a school or library to build mental strength — where do you go to build your[...]
Dec 19 @ 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[...]
Dec 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[...]
Jan 2 @ 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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