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

Mar
26
Sun
11:00 am Racism and Sexism: Pathetic History
Racism and Sexism: Pathetic History
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Racism and Sexism: Pathetic History @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
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
Sun
11:00 am A Talk on our local Interfaith R...
A Talk on our local Interfaith R...
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
A Talk on our local Interfaith Refugee Project @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
We will welcome Ralph Leezenbaum, Team Leader of the Riverdale Bronx Interfaith Coalition. He will share the details of the ongoing refugee project in our area to resettle a refugee family. Come and learn about the[...]
Apr
9
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Apr 9 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!
Apr
16
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!

Events Coming Soon

Mar
27
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 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
30
Thu
6:00 pm Ethics in Action: Making a Plan ...
Ethics in Action: Making a Plan ...
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ethics in Action: Making a Plan for Self-Care in Troubled Times @ Meeting Room, Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Climate March 2014 Whether you’re feeling stressed by what’s happening in the world, or discouraged, or at risk of burnout, or triggered by threats and abusive behavior — figuring out a plan for how to[...]
Apr
3
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Apr 3 @ 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[...]
Apr
4
Tue
6:30 pm Spring-Clean Your Spirit: Concer...
Spring-Clean Your Spirit: Concer...
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Spring-Clean Your Spirit: Concert and Workshop @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Join us for an inspiring evening of music, conversation, and community. Jessica Roemischer, award-winning pianist and writer, will offer songs and reflections on the coming of spring. She will help us to achieve “spring cleaning” for our[...]
Apr
10
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Apr 10 @ 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[...]
Apr
17
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Apr 17 @ 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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