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

Oct
28
Sun
11:00 am Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference
Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am
Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
How do we handle diversity and difference?  Do we unconsciously borrow the “melting pot” metaphor and assume that difference will be “melted down” into a sameness?  (And remembering that in American culture, some groups were[...]
Nov
4
Sun
11:00 am Memory: Live for Your Eulogy, No...
Memory: Live for Your Eulogy, No...
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am
Memory: Live for Your Eulogy, Not Just Your Resumé @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
During some parts of our lives, we get caught up in making a living, responding to our children’s needs right now.  At other parts of our lives, we may get caught up in remembering what[...]
Nov
11
Sun
11:00 am Memory: Re-Membering the World
Memory: Re-Membering the World
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am
Memory: Re-Membering the World @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Memory is a strange experience.  Memory can inspire and memory can warn. Memory can also be manipulated. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead,[...]
Nov
18
Sun
11:00 am Stone Salad: A Family Sunday
Stone Salad: A Family Sunday
Nov 18 @ 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[...]

Events Coming Soon

Oct
22
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 22 @ 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[...]
Oct
29
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 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[...]
Nov
5
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Nov 5 @ 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
11
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Coffee House @Ethical @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
We have a great line-up of musicians for the November session of the Coffee House @Ethical! We’re featuring Hudson Valley Sally and Jenny Murphy! $15 at the door, includes a cup of hot or iced[...]
Nov
12
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Nov 12 @ 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
15
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Nov 15 @ 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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