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

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

Aug 2 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Magdelene Boon, POTS: Join Part of the Solution in a discussion about poverty and food insecurity in our own backyard. In 2014, struck by the rapid growth in demand for services, POTS decided to study[...]
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
How comfortable are you with people who are different from you? With the internet and social media, we interact with more strangers and different points of view than ever before. Although we come across strangers on a[...]
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Are you more the emotional type or more analytical? What would it mean for our head and heart to be listening to each other more? Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will draw on science about the brain’s[...]
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Felix Adler said, “We add to our moral worth in two ways; by living rightly, according to the light we already have, and by constantly seeking new light.” Katherine LaClair will offer some of the[...]
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
With Jone Johnson Lewis.  We as human beings are story-makers and story-tellers and story-believers and story-livers.  From an early age, we’re practically compelled, when we observe how the world works, to make up stories about[...]
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[...]

Join Us for These Upcoming Activities

Aug 3 @ 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[...]
Aug 6 @ 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[...]
Aug 10 @ 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[...]
Aug 11 @ 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,[...]
Aug 17 @ 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[...]
Aug 20 @ 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[...]
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