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
22
Sun
11:00 am Spring Festival
Spring Festival
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am
Spring Festival @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Join us for a fun program for all ages! We will explore the elements with arts & crafts and welcome in spring with songs and good company. A potluck lunch will follow, so please bring[...]
Apr
29
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!
May
6
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
May 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!
May
13
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
May 13 @ 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

Apr
23
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Apr 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[...]
Apr
30
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Apr 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[...]
May
7
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
May 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[...]
May
10
Thu
7:00 pm Felix Adler Online Seminar
Felix Adler Online Seminar
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Felix Adler Online Seminar
Felix Adler: Reading and Discussion Online Seminar Delve into key writings of Felix Adler, first Ethical Leader, whose ideas inspired and shaped the Ethical movement that we have today. The language will often seem dated,[...]
May
13
Sun
7:00 pm Webinar: Living Ethics
Webinar: Living Ethics
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Webinar: Living Ethics
Living Ethics: the Core of Ethical Communities Do you want to know more about the Ethical Movement and the ideas and history and how it all works? Here’s an opportunity to learn more from the[...]
May
14
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
May 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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