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

Feb
24
Sun
11:00 am Filling Each Others’ Buckets
Filling Each Others’ Buckets
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am
Filling Each Others' Buckets @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
A basic concept in Ethical Culture is that bringing out the best in others helps bring out the best in ourselves.  We’ll look at a way to imagine how to contribute to the lives of[...]
Mar
3
Sun
11:00 am Journey to Sustainability
Journey to Sustainability
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am
Journey to Sustainability @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker: Susan Golden This presentation is an introduction to the concept of “sustainable communities.”  It takes us on a quick survey of technological development throughout history, and describes how we got to where we are[...]
Mar
10
Sun
11:00 am Still a Long Way to Go
Still a Long Way to Go
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am
Still a Long Way to Go @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
When this country was considering a Declaration of Independence from England, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, part of the group considering the future: “Remember the Ladies.”  Here it is, 142 years later,[...]
Mar
17
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Mar 17 @ 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[...]

Events Coming Soon

Feb
25
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 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[...]
Mar
4
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 4 @ 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
7
Thu
12:00 pm Lunch with the Leader
Lunch with the Leader
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch with the Leader @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”[...]
Mar
10
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Mar 10 @ 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. [...]
Mar
11
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 11 @ 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
18
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 18 @ 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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