Our Focus: Inspiring Ethical Living

Our Invitation: Find Community and a Welcoming Home

Our Key Values: Human Worth & 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

About 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.

When Did Ethical Culture Begin?

The Ethical Culture movement, a humanistic religious, social justice and educational movement, was founded in 1876. The Society for Ethical Culture in Riverdale-Yonkers was founded in 1948, and is one of more than 20 such Societies and Fellowships around the country.

About This Society

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.

 

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

Ethical Living

Welcome to Our Next Sunday Topics

May 31 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker: Anne Klaeysen, Leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture. Anne Klaeysen Ethical Culture emphasizes the importance of relationships. Like the Xhosa of South Africa, we hod that “I am because we are” and, as[...]
Jun 7 @ 11:00 am
Topic and speaker to be announced. Check back about one month before the date.
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am
Topic and speaker to be announced. Check back about one month before the date.
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker: Jone Johnson Lewis, RYSEC Leader. Climate change, the economy, persistent racism: so much in our world today leads us to serious concern about what the future may bring. What does hope mean in such[...]
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am
Topic and speaker to be announced. Check back about one month before the date.
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am
Topic and speaker to be announced. Check back about one month before the date.

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
A more caring and just economy is essential for a more democratic, compassionate, just and sustainable world.  But we measure economic success by factors that don’t take into account compassion and justice. Caring work is[...]
Jun 1 @ 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 8 @ 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 9 @ 7:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
We’ll be discussing some of the latest in neuroscience related to ethics, human relationships and human behavior. This first session will be a presentation by RYSEC’s new Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, followed by time to[...]
Jun 15 @ 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 21 @ 1:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Our Leader for the past six years, James G. White, is retiring at the end of June. He will continue to be involved with social justice work with the Society, but will be turning over[...]
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