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

Jun 7 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Human dignity and respect for the worth of every person are among Ethical Culture’s highest values.  Today, we celebrate Pride Month with a special presentation on LGBTQ+ history.  Presented in collaboration with Bronx Parents of[...]
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am
Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on compassion as an ethical practice.  How is compassion different from empathy and sympathy?  How is compassion as a feeling different from compassion as an action? And how[...]
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Our spring RYSEC Member Meeting will be online this year, for obvious reasons.  This meeting includes updates on the Society’s programs, policies, direction, and fiscal standing.  And, it includes board elections.  We expect the meeting[...]
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm An Beal Bocht
Free-ranging casual discussion of ethical issues that are alive for you, and an opportunity to meet and interact with others interested in ethical issues.  We will meet, until further notice, online.  See below for information.[...]
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
On this Sunday, RYSEC friends and members will join the Washington Ethical Society in their Sunday program, featuring Leader Amanda Poppei, and also presented via Zoom. More information to follow. The Zoom instructions will be[...]
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Watch this space for more information! Each week, we meet at 11 am – 12:30 pm (plus time for socializing) to consider major issues of the day. 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and[...]

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