While participants in our community are free to live according to their beliefs, the desire for change often results in organized social action.
We have for years featured a Peace pole in our front garden, and a plaque on our building about our commitment to peace.
In 2019, we added a banner supporting the concept that Black Lives Matter, and another supporting inclusion of LGBTQ+ people and rights, both speaking for our willingness to be in solidarity with those whose rights and even existence are often threatened.
Our ideals translated into action have resulted in a variety of benefits for our neighbors. The Riverdale Mental Health Clinic, Blythdale Children’s Hospital, the Riverdale Intergroup Relations Committee, the Interfaith Food and Hunger Project, The Riverdale Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, the Paraprofessional Training Institute, the Yonkers Fair Housing Committee are examples. More recently, we helped initiate and foster , Northwest Bronx Climate Justice, North Bronx Racial Justice, and Bronx Parents of Pride. The Bronx Arts Ensemble was formed with the support of the Society; and, the Greater New York Blood Program conducts a yearly drive at the Meeting House.
What are we doing in the world to live our ethics?