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

Sep
24
Sun
11:00 am On Not Forgetting: Welcoming Repair
On Not Forgetting: Welcoming Repair
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am
On Not Forgetting: Welcoming Repair @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
September 21 is International Peace Day, and Yom Kippur is coming up following this Sunday. Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will offer some thoughts on the need to go beyond simplistic views of peace, to ones[...]
Oct
1
Sun
11:00 am Life Before and After an Organ T...
Life Before and After an Organ T...
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am
Life Before and After an Organ Transplant @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Human organ transplant bag and stethoscope Glenda Daggert and Ira Copperman will present their personal story of organ transplantation, their lives before and after transplant. Glenda received a transplant in June, 1999; since then she has[...]
Oct
8
Sun
11:00 am Brave Space and Tough Conversations
Brave Space and Tough Conversations
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am
Brave Space and Tough Conversations @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
© Spaceheater | Dreamstime Stock Photos What does it mean to be a community of courage? What does it mean to be a person of courage? Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will consider what it means[...]
Oct
15
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Oct 15 @ 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

Sep
25
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Sep 25 @ 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
2
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 2 @ 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
9
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 9 @ 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
16
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 16 @ 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
23
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 23 @ 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
30
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 30 @ 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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