RYSEC Meeting House

RYSEC Meeting House

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.

Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, and 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 and human rights concerns. For some Sunday meetings use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal.

RYSEC June 21, 2015

RYSEC June 21, 2015

Sunday 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

Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Honoring Black History Month: Frederick Douglass, one of the finest orators and inspirational writers of the 19th century, began his life enslaved. In the abolitionist movement, he was living testimony that the slaveholders’ excuse for[...]
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Incredible advances in science and technology have now made it possible to precisely and effectively edit any genome, including the human genome. While there are incredible therapeutic implications, discussions on setting limitations for these technologies[...]
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
A talk by our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis. Black women were among the courageous many who opposed the institution of slavery in America and worked for its end.  They fought not only slavery, but assumptions[...]
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
One Sunday per month, children and adults join together upstairs in our meeting room. We will explore a topic or theme, often tied to a holiday or season, using music, stories, discussion, art, and good[...]
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Women experience racism somewhat differently than men do, and white women experience sexism differently from women of color. Movements for women’s rights were historically mostly dominated by white women, often focused on issues relevant primarily[...]
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space!

Sunday Meetings

Feb
26
Sun
11:00 am Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass
Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ethical Hero: Frederick Douglass @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Honoring Black History Month: Frederick Douglass, one of the finest orators and inspirational writers of the 19th century, began his life enslaved. In the abolitionist movement, he was living testimony that the slaveholders’ excuse for[...]
Mar
5
Sun
11:00 am Genome Editing: Just Because We ...
Genome Editing: Just Because We ...
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Genome Editing: Just Because We Can, Does That Mean We Should? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Incredible advances in science and technology have now made it possible to precisely and effectively edit any genome, including the human genome. While there are incredible therapeutic implications, discussions on setting limitations for these technologies[...]
Mar
12
Sun
11:00 am Not a Fit Place: Black Women in ...
Not a Fit Place: Black Women in ...
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Not a Fit Place: Black Women in the Abolitionist Movement @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
A talk by our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis. Black women were among the courageous many who opposed the institution of slavery in America and worked for its end.  They fought not only slavery, but assumptions[...]
Mar
19
Sun
11:00 am Spring Festival!
Spring Festival!
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Spring Festival! @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
One Sunday per month, children and adults join together upstairs in our meeting room. We will explore a topic or theme, often tied to a holiday or season, using music, stories, discussion, art, and good[...]

Events Coming Soon

Feb
20
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 20 @ 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[...]
Feb
21
Tue
6:00 pm Kids’ Movie Night & Parent Book ...
Kids’ Movie Night & Parent Book ...
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids' Movie Night & Parent Book Group @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Join us for a great event for the whole family! Children will watch a film (to be announced). Parents or caregivers can either enjoy the film or join the book group discussion with other adults.[...]
Feb
23
Thu
7:00 pm What is Ethical Culture?
What is Ethical Culture?
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What is Ethical Culture? @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
What is the Society for Ethical Culture?  What are the ideas that hold us together?  What are the growing edges where we’re learning and changing?  Plus a little history of Ethical Culture. We’d love to[...]
Feb
27
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Feb 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[...]
Mar
2
Thu
4:30 pm Ethics in Action: Reflect, Share...
Ethics in Action: Reflect, Share...
Mar 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Ethics in Action: Reflect, Share, and Act for a Fair and Just World @ Meeting Room, Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Climate March 2014 Some go to a gym to work out to build their physical strength, some go to a school or library to build mental strength — where do you go to build your[...]
Mar
6
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Mar 6 @ 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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