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

May
28
Sun
11:00 am Remembering Well
Remembering Well
May 28 @ 11:00 am
Remembering Well @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Here at the Society for Ethical Culture, we will use this Memorial Day weekend to honor those we’ve lost in our lives who have served in whatever small or large ways to make the world[...]
Jun
4
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jun 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!
Jun
11
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!
Jun
18
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jun 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

May
29
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
May 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[...]
Jun
1
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics in the World’s Religions
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ethics in the World's Religions @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Thursdays: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29 from 7-9pm — this schedule is changed from the one announced earlier. In a multicultural world, it’s important to recognize that ethics has some universal qualities[...]
Jun
5
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jun 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[...]
Jun
12
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jun 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[...]
Jun
13
Tue
7:00 pm Communication for Connection: De...
Communication for Connection: De...
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communication for Connection: Developing Our Empathy @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
© Weerapat Kiatdumrong | Dreamstime Stock Photos Tuesdays, June 13 and 20 from 7-9pm In this 2-session workshop, we will increase our capacity for and skill with expressing empathy for others.  Empathy means we understand[...]
Jun
15
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics in the World’s Religions
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ethics in the World's Religions @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Thursdays: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29 from 7-9pm — this schedule is changed from the one announced earlier. In a multicultural world, it’s important to recognize that ethics has some universal qualities[...]

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