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

Dec
23
Sun
11:00 am No Sunday Platform Meeting Decem...
No Sunday Platform Meeting Decem...
Dec 23 @ 11:00 am
No Sunday Platform Meeting December 23, 2018 @ New York | United States
No platform meeting at RYSEC December 23, 2018.  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[...]
Dec
30
Sun
11:00 am No Sunday Platform Meeting Decem...
No Sunday Platform Meeting Decem...
Dec 30 @ 11:00 am
No Sunday Platform Meeting December 30, 2018 @ New York | United States
No platform meeting at RYSEC December 30, 2018.  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[...]
Jan
6
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jan 6 @ 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[...]
Jan
13
Sun
11:00 am Ethics Begins With Choice
Ethics Begins With Choice
Jan 13 @ 11:00 am
Ethics Begins With Choice @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
In the 1990s, members Ethical Societies identified the Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture under the leadership of Lois Kellerman.  The first of the commitments was this: Ethics begins with choice.  Making and acting on wise choices[...]

Events Coming Soon

Dec
20
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Dec 20 @ 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[...]
Dec
24
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Dec 24 @ 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
31
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Dec 31 @ 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[...]
Jan
7
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jan 7 @ 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[...]
Jan
13
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Jan 13 @ 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. [...]
Jan
14
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jan 14 @ 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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