Hello I Am Leaving My Comfort Zone name tag sticker to illustrate bravery and courage in going beyond the familiar to new experiences and growth

The Path of Change: From Awkward to Flow

As we focus in November on the ethical path of courage, RYSEC Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will reflect on how, even when we know we need to change and want to change, that change can be awkward at first.  We want to get to a stage best described as “flow” where the new way just seems to flow naturally.  Think about what it takes to quit smoking, or start an exercise routine, or adjust to life after a major loss — or change how we act towards people our families taught us were dangerous or inferior, or change our patterns of consumption?  Or how about, adjusting to the new realities, post-COVID?  All of these challenges of change have in common that we find the new way awkward at first, and the temptation is to try to go back to our comfort zone — even if that’s not possible or desirable.

How do we get from awkward to flow?  How do we stick with the change through the awkward stage?  Or, to put it another way, how do we expand our comfort zone?

Jone has spent many years studying the dynamics of change, so don’t miss this session.

Sunday Sharing

Contributions to "Sunday Sharing" are shared between RYSEC and this month's sharing partner as we try to contribute to making a more humane world.  This month, we focus on Native American Heritage Month, and one small way we can be part of repairing the harm of settler colonialism.

In-Person and Zoom

We are hopeful this program can be both in-person and on Zoom, but we may change plans depending on the COVID-19 pandemic risk levels for hospital patients with COVID.

We begin the program promptly at 10:30 am ET, with gathering time from 10:15 both in-person and on Zoom.  We will try to end by noon. In-person social hour begins at noon. You're welcome to bring some food to share during social time. The Zoom room will be open until 12:30 for socializing.

Refrain from attending any in-person meeting if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are testing positive. We recommend vaccinations and boosters (over age 5) and request, but don't require, a mask covering mouth and nose when inside.  Please respect the needs of others and yourself for social distance (air hugs and air handshakes unless you KNOW the other person is comfortable otherwise). We ask that you sanitize your hands, especially before handling any shared food or drink, and try to bring individual servings (or use the provided 3 oz cups to divide what you bring) if you're bringing food to share, to minimize food handling.

Ethics for Children: Our in-person children's program has resumed as of September, 2022 (also subject to checking COVID-19 hospitalization levels).



Nov 13 2022


10:30 am

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  • Jone Johnson Lewis
    Jone Johnson Lewis

    Jone Johnson Lewis serves the Society as Leader (clergyperson). She has been an Ethical Culture Leader since 1991, and has been at Riverdale-Yonkers since 2015. She speaks at the Society once or twice a month, bringing together current issues, personal challenges, and ethical ideas.


The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

Directions to the Ethical Society

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