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

Jan 20 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker: Madhu Krishnappa Maron Do you ever feel challenged by making choices that truly align with what’s most important to you?  Are you often overwhelmed by the multitude of choices you face every day?  How[...]
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
© Stephaneponceletphotography | Dreamstime Stock Photos Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on an uncomfortable reality of ethics: that we can, as the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius pointed out, commit injustice by doing nothing.  The[...]
Feb 3 @ 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[...]
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
One of the many subtle myths of American history is to ignore not only the persistence of racism in America, but also the continuity of racial justice activism, instead highlighting a few periods (abolition, the[...]
Feb 17 @ 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[...]
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
What is the balance in your life of skepticism and trust? What or who have you trusted all your life? What or who have you lost faith in? Have you ever felt broken-hearted when someone[...]

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