Jone Johnson Lewis is currently serving as the Leader for the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. She is a certified Ethical Culture Leader, and a graduate of Meadville/Lombard Theological School and the Humanist Institute.
Learn More About Our Current Leader
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What Does an Ethical Culture Leader Do?
Leaders in Ethical Culture perform many of the same functions as clergypersons perform in other congregations. Leaders are legally authorized to do weddings under New York (and most other state) laws, and leaders also officiate at memorial services, baby namings and other life passage ceremonies. Leaders speak on Sundays 1-2 times per month, are available for pastoral counseling as you work through life issues, and also consult on the organizational issues of the congregation, working with the Board of Trustees.
Leaders also perform life passage ceremonies — weddings, memorial services, baby namings — for members of the Society, and for a fee for others in the community.
Leaders of the Past
Learn more about past Leaders of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture:
- Dr. Matthew Ies Spetter
- From the Riverdale Press: Ethical Culture leader was mental health pioneer
- Edmund Bolella
- An article about his work with the Society, 1995, from the Daily News: Secular Viewpoint on Faiths of the World
- Curt Collier
- James G. White – including contact information