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

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Sunday Meetings

Jan
28
Sun
11:00 am Intention vs. Impact – Ethical D...
Intention vs. Impact – Ethical D...
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am
Intention vs. Impact – Ethical Dilemmas @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Some systems of ethics stress intention as what makes an action ethical or not ethical, and some systems stress impact.  We’ll play with some ethical dilemmas that might be assessed differently if we look at[...]
Feb
4
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!
Feb
11
Sun
11:00 am We Shall Overcome: The Power of ...
We Shall Overcome: The Power of ...
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am
We Shall Overcome: The Power of Persistence @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
© Mark Sepple | Dreamstime Stock Photos To transform society to honor the human worth of every person, not just those with money and/or power, requires courage, hope, intention, creativity and more.  Also required is[...]
Feb
18
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Feb 18 @ 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

Jan
29
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jan 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[...]
Feb
5
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 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[...]
Feb
12
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 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[...]
Feb
19
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 19 @ 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[...]
Feb
26
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 26 @ 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[...]
Mar
5
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 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[...]
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