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Love of Knowledge: Where Love Meets Wisdom

The word “philosophy” refers to the study of knowledge, but that does not capture the essence of the word. Philosophy in its original translation is a love of knowledge — or, as the Buddhists assert, where love meets wisdom. Applying the work of Audre Lorde (“Uses of the Erotic”), Jé Exodus Hooper, PhD, will explore intimate facets of knowledge as a sensorial pursuit.

In-Person and Zoom

We hope that families and others can attend in person, though we may change plans depending on the COVID-19 pandemic risk levels for hospital patients with COVID.  You can also watch the program via Zoom.

We begin the program promptly at 10:30 am ET, with gathering time from 10:15.  The national program ends about noon, and we’ll have some in-person time for dialogue and socializing after that.  Please feel free to bring some food or drink to share (individual servings are safest in this risky time) — child-friendly snacks are especially welcome.

Refrain from attending in-person if you have symptoms of COVID-19, flu, or RSV, or are testing positive. We recommend vaccinations and boosters and for now 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.

Ethics for Children

All families are welcome.  Our program is focused on children ages 4-13. For our Ethics for Children program, you can also sign up for emails to learn what’s going on for a particular Sunday.  Email efc@rysec.org to be added to the list or to ask any questions you might have before trying out the program.


Feb 05 2023


America/New York
10:30 am

Zoom Meeting


Meeting House AND Zoom
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  • Jé Exodus Hooper
    Jé Exodus Hooper
    Ethical Culture Clergy-Leader, RYSEC Leader

    Jé Exodus Hooper PhD is an Ethical Culture Leader and member of the Leader team at RYSEC. A graduate of Union Theological School and the leadership training program of the American Ethical Union, Jé earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts candidate at Ohio University. He is best known for his works “Moving Upon the Face of the Deep” featuring Dr. Cornel West, “The Black Sacred Communion” and a collaboration with his life partner, storäe michele, entitled, [the listening heart]. His film production, “Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness”, a story the about the relationship of W.E.B. DuBois and Felix Adler, was sponsored and funded by American Ethical Union’s Mossler Fellowship.


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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