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

Aug
26
Sun
11:00 am How Big is the Universe?
How Big is the Universe?
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am
How Big is the Universe? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
© Sergey Khakimullin | Dreamstime Stock Photos If inflation occurred at a constant rate through the life of the universe, that same spot is 46 billion light-years away today, making the diameter of the observable universe a[...]
Sep
2
Sun
11:00 am End of Summer Picnic
End of Summer Picnic
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am
End of Summer Picnic @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Join us as we celebrate the close of summer. We will have a potluck picnic, so please bring something to share. If you can do so in advance, please email office@rysec.org with a main, side[...]
Sep
9
Sun
11:00 am Vision: Repair, Repentance, Renewal
Vision: Repair, Repentance, Renewal
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am
Vision: Repair, Repentance, Renewal @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
This month, we’ll be focusing our ethical thoughts on vision.  Repair, repentance, and renewal are part of the practice of intentional imagination and commitment to an envisioned future.   This week opens our new program season for[...]
Sep
16
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Sep 16 @ 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

Aug
27
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Aug 27 @ 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[...]
Sep
3
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Sep 3 @ 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[...]
Sep
10
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Sep 10 @ 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[...]
Sep
17
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Sep 17 @ 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[...]
Sep
24
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Sep 24 @ 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
1
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 1 @ 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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