About Us

The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is a humanistic community located in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City.  Our members and friends come from the Bronx, Yonkers and other neighborhoods. We welcome you — come visit, join our activities, and consider membership!

We hold Sunday meetings at our meeting house.  These  are open to the public, including members, friends, and visitors.  Called Platform Meetings, these explore ideas and practices we hope might inspire more ethical living.

In addition to our Sunday meetings, we are passionate about social justice work and opportunities for community and learning.  Our professional  Ethical Leader provides individual guidance and coaching on request, on such issues as our relationships or ethical and life choices.

In some ways we function like a traditional religious congregation, but with a different focus from that of major organized religions. We focus on the here and now, what we can do in this life. We know people are not perfect, and always have room for learning and growing.  We are dedicated to creating a more ethical world where every person’s worth and individuality might flourish.  Compassion and reason guide our actions. We deeply value our connection to each other and welcome new people into that circle of connection.

We are one of more than 20 local Ethical communities around the country, tied together by our national organization, the American Ethical Union. The American Ethical Union is a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Address

Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Road
Riverdale, New York 10471
Directions

Office

Have questions or want more information? To call the office or send an email:
Office Hours: M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 718-548-4445
Email: office@rysec.org

Society Leadership

Board / Governance

Staff

Grace Cobbinah, Office Manager
Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader
Elizabeth Collier, Director of Community Outreach

Sunday Meetings

Jun
30
Sun
11:00 am Colloquy on Dignity and Pride
Colloquy on Dignity and Pride
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am
Colloquy on Dignity and Pride @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Human dignity is one of Ethical Culture’s highest values.  Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a cry for the recognition of human dignity: June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Rebellion here in New York City.[...]
Jul
7
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space! 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we[...]
Jul
14
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space! 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we[...]
Jul
21
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space! 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we[...]

Events Coming Soon

Jun
27
Thu
7:00 pm Book Discussion: Stamped From th...
Book Discussion: Stamped From th...
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Book Discussion: Stamped From the Beginning @ Meeting House | New York | United States
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Author: Ibram X. Kendi https://amzn.to/2VNUcif If you want to oppose racism in today’s America, you’ll want to understand how anti-black racist ideas developed and[...]
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ethics on Tap @ An Beal Bocht | New York | United States
Free-ranging casual discussion of ethical issues that are alive for you, and an opportunity to meet and interact with others interested in ethical issues.  Join us and, if you like, have something to drink and/or[...]
Jul
1
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm
Emergency Overnight Shelter
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[...]
Jul
4
Thu
12:00 pm Lunch with the Leader
Lunch with the Leader
Jul 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch with the Leader @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”[...]
Jul
8
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm
Emergency Overnight Shelter
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[...]
Jul
14
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Coffee House @Ethical @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
The Coffee House @Ethical brings you joy, courage, and wisdom through music the second Sunday of every month.  Please join us! $15 at the door, includes a cup of hot or, in season, iced coffee. [...]
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