Sunday Meetings

May
26
Sun
11:00 am Pandora’s Box
Pandora’s Box
May 26 @ 11:00 am
Pandora’s Box @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Curiosity has both a positive and a negative side.  Failure to be curious can lead to a failure of empathy for others, to understanding them as they are and not as we assume they are[...]
Jun
2
Sun
11:00 am Human Rights in NYC: A Dialogue
Human Rights in NYC: A Dialogue
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am
Human Rights in NYC: A Dialogue @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Please join the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Marissa A.L. Jackson, to learn about the most robust civil rights law in the nation and engage in a dialogue about[...]
Jun
9
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Jun 9 @ 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[...]
Jun
16
Sun
11:00 am Save the World or Savor the World?
Save the World or Savor the World?
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am
Save the World or Savor the World? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
There’s an old ethical argument, that beauty distracts us from fairness and justice. It often seems like we have to make a choice: save the world, or savor the world.  Is it wasting our time[...]

Events Coming Soon

May
27
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
May 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[...]
Jun
3
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jun 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[...]
Jun
6
Thu
12:00 pm Lunch with the Leader
Lunch with the Leader
Jun 6 @ 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.”[...]
Jun
9
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Jun 9 @ 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. [...]
Jun
10
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jun 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[...]
Jun
17
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Jun 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[...]

Recent News and Announcements

What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Healing?

What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Healing?

Many people who come to an Ethical Culture Society come from an experience of another religion.  They sometimes leave because their old faith isn’t big enough for their new ideas, or because the old faith didn’t accept them as who they are, or because they came to...

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Ethics Matters: Hospitality

Radical Hospitality and Ethical Culture - Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader In 1873, a young Felix Adler, recently returned from Germany with a doctorate in Semitics, spoke to his father’s congregation, Temple Emanuel, in New York City. Felix Adler was only 22 years old; his...

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Ethics Matters: Freedom and Delight

Ethics Matters: Freedom and Delight

~ Jone Johnson Lewis As we move into full-tilt summer, please note that we'll remain open on Sundays.  I encourage you to attend when you can, help create a welcoming atmosphere to the visitors we continue to get most Sundays, and also connect to your Ethical Culture...

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Ethics Matters: Blessings

Ethics Matters: Blessings

The Good That Happens to Us and the Good We Do - Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader The whole concept of “deserve” is rooted in ancient ideas of reward and punishment, or concept of something that is owed to us – that the universe, or God, or other people are obligated to pay...

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Ethics Matters: Faith

Ethics Matters: Faith

The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld. – Dorothy Thompson Faith is a passionate intuition. - William Wordsworth Springtime in the Bronx: April 2015 Reflections Our Ethics Matters...

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Ethics Matters: Resilience

Ethics Matters: Resilience

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Nelson Mandela “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh (by A....

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In the News: RYSEC Coyote Cam

In the News: RYSEC Coyote Cam

Our latest mention in the Riverdale Press highlights the coyote camera that we've had in our woods in back, and the coyote images that the camera captured.  Check it out here:  Camera captures local coyotes’ capers The online version misses the paragraph from our...

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Soul Matters at RYSEC

Soul Matters at RYSEC

February Message from Jone “Some people say each person has a soul.  I would say each person comes into the world with the possibility of a soul. The aim of life is to change our potential soul into an actuality. The whole purpose of life is to become an...

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10 Basics of Ethical Communication

10 Basics of Ethical Communication

I developed the list below using principles learned in Straight Talk™ and Nonviolent Communication™ as well as "best practices" for small group work in general -- with a little common sense added in. I invite you to consider these basics as ideals -- ideals, in the...

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