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

Feb 14 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Charles Darwin’s insights into the natural evolution of species created a revolution in human thought.  His ideas have been used both for furthering the sense of our interconnections with all of life, and for defending[...]
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am Meeting House - Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
One of the projects that the Ethical movement helped to create was the Encampment for Citizenship, first implemented in the 1940s after the end of World War II to foster a sense of global citizenship[...]
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
We all actively or passively support systems and actions that encourage the enjoyment of violence. How can we do something active, positive, to break the cycle of violence, even if we can’t do everything? Why[...]
Mar 6 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
An intergenerational program — bring yourself, your kids/grandkids, to actively engage with play and creative activities. With Jé Exodus Hooper, Michelle Stanback and Clare Hammond.  
Mar 13 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
You’ve probably heard of Horace Mann, but maybe not much about his wife, Mary Peabody Mann. She’s worth consideration as a figure of history in her own right, and contributed to progressive education. She wrote[...]
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!  

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Come share your needs and goods with others, in an atmosphere of trust. There was a time when people living in community, knowing that what they could not personally provide (food? clothing? shelter?), others in[...]
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm Hunan Balcony
Join us for a group lunch on Valentine’s Day! Meet some new friends and connect with RYSEC members. This event is open to all so bring your family and friends. Hunan Balcony 3511 Johnson Ave[...]
Feb 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[...]
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
We’ll continue our conversation on race, injustice, white privilege, and how to be involved in social justice work in a follow-up conversation, which may evolve into a continuing series.  Come join us, even if you[...]
Feb 22 @ 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[...]
Feb 29 @ 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

Stay in Touch

Stay in Touch

Join our mailing list to receive a weekly e-newsletter with the latest news including information about Sunday programs and other events.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest