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 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Honoring Black History Month: Frederick Douglass, one of the finest orators and inspirational writers of the 19th century, began his life enslaved. In the abolitionist movement, he was living testimony that the slaveholders’ excuse for[...]
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Incredible advances in science and technology have now made it possible to precisely and effectively edit any genome, including the human genome. While there are incredible therapeutic implications, discussions on setting limitations for these technologies[...]
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
A talk by our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis. Black women were among the courageous many who opposed the institution of slavery in America and worked for its end.  They fought not only slavery, but assumptions[...]
Mar 19 @ 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[...]
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Women experience racism somewhat differently than men do, and white women experience sexism differently from women of color. Movements for women’s rights were historically mostly dominated by white women, often focused on issues relevant primarily[...]
Apr 2 @ 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 20 @ 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 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Join us for a great event for the whole family! Children will watch a film (to be announced). Parents or caregivers can either enjoy the film or join the book group discussion with other adults.[...]
Feb 27 @ 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[...]
Mar 2 @ 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[...]
Mar 6 @ 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[...]
Mar 13 @ 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[...]

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Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture

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