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!

RYSEC Meeting House

RYSEC Meeting House

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.

Email the Office

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

Sunday Meetings

Feb
26
Sun
11:00 am Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass
Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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
Sun
11:00 am Genome Editing: Just Because We ...
Genome Editing: Just Because We ...
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Genome Editing: Just Because We Can, Does That Mean We Should? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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
Sun
11:00 am Not a Fit Place: Black Women in ...
Not a Fit Place: Black Women in ...
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Not a Fit Place: Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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
Sun
11:00 am Spring Festival!
Spring Festival!
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Spring Festival! @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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[...]

Events Coming Soon

Feb
20
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 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[...]
Feb
21
Tue
6:00 pm Kids’ Movie Night & Parent Book ...
Kids’ Movie Night & Parent Book ...
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids' Movie Night & Parent Book Group @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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
23
Thu
7:00 pm What is Ethical Culture?
What is Ethical Culture?
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What is Ethical Culture? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
What is the Society for Ethical Culture?  What are the ideas that hold us together?  What are the growing edges where we’re learning and changing?  Plus a little history of Ethical Culture. We’d love to[...]
Feb
27
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 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[...]
Mar
2
Thu
4:30 pm Ethics in Action: Reflect, Share...
Ethics in Action: Reflect, Share...
Mar 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Ethics in Action: Reflect, Share, and Act for a Fair and Just World @ Meeting Room, Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 6 @ 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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