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
Contact form below

Society Leadership

Board / Governance

Staff

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

Email the Office

Sunday Meetings

Nov
19
Sun
11:00 am Stone Salad: A Family Sunday
Stone Salad: A Family Sunday
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stone Salad: A Family Sunday @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
You’ve heard of the story of Stone Soup?  If not, you’ll hear it this week. Our modernized version is called Stone Salad. We’ll celebrate generosity together through a family-friendly pot luck and festival. Bring some food to[...]
Nov
26
Sun
11:00 am No Sunday Platform Meeting Today
No Sunday Platform Meeting Today
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am
No Sunday Platform Meeting Today @ New York | United States
No platform meeting at RYSEC this week.  The office will be closed, and staff is on vacation.  Consider spending time with friends or family instead, doing some volunteer work, reading a book, or some other[...]
Dec
3
Sun
11:00 am Things Worth Believing, and Why
Things Worth Believing, and Why
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am
Things Worth Believing, and Why @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture Meeting House | New York | United States
This reflection aims to communicate one working scientist’s practical and personal view of the Scientific Method. Carl, a medical researcher and former tenured faculty at Washington University School of Medicine, is a new member of[...]
Dec
10
Sun
11:00 am When Hope Is Hard to Find
When Hope Is Hard to Find
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am
When Hope Is Hard to Find @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
© Lute Takuvaka | Dreamstime Some song lyrics come to mind in thinking about this week’s platform talk:  “I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find; and I’ll bring a song of love, and[...]

Events Coming Soon

Nov
20
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Nov 20 @ 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[...]
Nov
27
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Nov 27 @ 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[...]
Dec
4
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Dec 4 @ 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[...]
Dec
11
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Dec 11 @ 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[...]
Dec
18
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Dec 18 @ 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[...]
Dec
25
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Dec 25 @ 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[...]
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