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

Apr
28
Sun
11:00 am The Elusive Art of Wholeness
The Elusive Art of Wholeness
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am
The Elusive Art of Wholeness @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
While wholeness is not complete without human connections, there are also many ways in which we can work on our own healing and wholeness.  It’s more art than science though science can provide some insights.[...]
May
5
Sun
11:00 am How To Stand With Your Neighbors
How To Stand With Your Neighbors
May 5 @ 11:00 am
How To Stand With Your Neighbors @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
If you are curious about issues of migration and immigration in our immediate area, please join us. We will hear from members of the Yonkers Sanctuary Movement. It is a grassroots organization that educates and[...]
May
12
Sun
11:00 am Five Hundred Million What?
Five Hundred Million What?
May 12 @ 11:00 am
Five Hundred Million What? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
“Five Hundred Million What?”  In the story of The Little Prince, the prince encounters a businessman who is counting objects: those glittering objects in the sky, counting them in order to own them and get[...]
May
19
Sun
11:00 am Economic Democracy
Economic Democracy
May 19 @ 11:00 am
Economic Democracy @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Are you curious about alternatives to our current economic system? Economic democracy is an embedded value for system change that can face the future with hope and justice. (c) Adobe, used under license. The system[...]

Events Coming Soon

Apr
29
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Apr 29 @ 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[...]
May
2
Thu
12:00 pm Lunch with the Leader
Lunch with the Leader
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch with the Leader @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
“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.”[...]
May
6
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
May 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[...]
May
12
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
May 12 @ 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. [...]
May
13
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
May 13 @ 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[...]
May
16
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
May 16 @ 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[...]
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