Sunday Platform Meetings at the Society for Ethical Culture

We meet on Sundays for two reasons: to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, and to connect with others who share a similar journey. We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation.

RYSEC Meeting House

Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, Jone Johnson Lewis. On other Sundays, we hear from guest speakers or members of our own or other Ethical Societies. Subjects vary widely. Some platform topics focus on practical living and ethical relationships.  Some focus on humanism, secular philosophy, or religion. Some focus on public issues including global warming, foreign wars, national politics, health issues, or human rights concerns. For some Sunday meetings use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal, with some structure to encourage deep listening to each other.

RYSEC June 21, 2015Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges, and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We also include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in. Finally, we share some coffee, tea or juice, and light snacks, with conversation during a social hour, as a way to more informally continue the discussion as well as reconnect or meet new friends.

We hope to go out, back to our individual lives, families, work, and social action, re-energized, and re-committed to live more ethically in all those arenas.

Listen or Watch

A few sample past Sunday platform meetings for you to listen to or watch on your computer.

Upcoming Platform Meeting Topics

May 26 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
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 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
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 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
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 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
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[...]
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the summer season! We will have a potluck picnic, rain or shine, so please bring something to share. If you can do so in advance, please email[...]
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Human dignity is one of Ethical Culture’s highest values.  Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a cry for the recognition of human dignity: June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Rebellion here in New York City.[...]

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