Our Focus: Inspiring Ethical Living

Our Invitation: Find Community and a Welcoming Home

Our Key Values: Human Worth and Human Connection

Our Commitment: Deed Above Creed

Our Journey: Lifelong Ethical Learning and Growth

Our Hope: Renew Ourselves, Renew the World

Our Future: Build an Ethical Culture Together

About Us

Cultivating Ethical Living

Ethics, in our tradition, is not just declaring what is right and what is wrong.  It is making the choices to create a world where everyone matters, and acting in ways such that the worth of every individual is most likely to be able to shine.  We won’t always succeed – but even our failures are learning opportunities. A diverse community of support helps us to continue to learn to live our values in all our actions and relationships.

Ethical Culture

Ethical Culture is a way of life that fosters reverence by nurturing life, building connections, and living as fully as we are able. It is not about right beliefs, but right actions. It is a call to be human, not to be perfect. It is remembrance and awareness of our infinite interrelation with all being. Through this conscious choice to live, we may renew our world, and the world of our children. We have a faith in the caring capacity of ourselves and others, and we seek to learn and practice ways of being together that make the ethical life possible and enjoyable.

About This Society

The Ethical Culture movement (including 22+ societies and fellowships) began in 1876, and this Society was founded in 1948. The Society has brought its commitment to the worth of every individual into our global and local actions. We have engaged in projects to benefit our neighbors in need and to be part of larger efforts to bring peace, justice, democracy, and sustainability to our world. and richness and meaning to the personal lives of others and ourselves.

What We Do

Sunday Programs

We call our weekly Sunday gatherings Platform Meetings.  We gather to hear inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living and personal transformation.  Find out more, including a calendar of upcoming Sunday topics:  Sunday Meetings

Ethical Action

In its history, this Society has been part of creating institutions that serve our neighbors’ needs. We support a local shelter for homeless men and are active in the local climate justice coalition. More: Ethical Action

Ethics for Children

Ethical Living

Join Us for These Upcoming Events

Aug 18 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
This Sunday, our speakers Elyse Ambrose and storäe michele will address the ways that public art shapes our collective memory.  What is the responsibility we hold to ensure that the markers of memory honor community?[...]
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Join us for a colloquy on the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Jane Oliver. She is best known for her introspective poems about nature. A review of one of Mary’s collections describes her as[...]
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meeting House
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Author: Ibram X. Kendi https://amzn.to/2VNUcif If you want to oppose racism in today’s America, you’ll want to understand how anti-black racist ideas developed and[...]
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
For this Labor Day weekend, we’ll feature a colloquy on our monthly theme of expectations, hosted by Liz Collier, our Community Outreach Director.  All are welcome to come, share some of your thoughts, and practice[...]

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