Connections That Matter

A central idea of Ethical Culture is that we become a complete human being, more of our true self, through relationships.  Our “selves” grow and blossom through relationships. Turns out, that is what science is now telling us, too. The implication? Our connections to others really matter, and actively nurturing relationships can definitely be a way to build a more humane world. To put it more simply: hurt people hurt people, and healing people heal people. Jone Johnson Lewis, RYSEC Leader, will bring together some philosophical and scientific ideas about how our connections to others can be a force for ethical healing in the world.

“Humanism is not based on naïve optimism.  We know that any faith in life has to be struggled for, is often lost and then must be struggled for again and again.  But it is the human partnership, the linkage of life-with-life, that is crucial, if we want to prevent despair and isolation.” – Dr. Ies Spetter

After the platform, we’ll have our usual social hour.  Then you’re invited to stay, if you’d like, for lunch and a workshop 1 pm – 3 pm about Ethical Culture.


Sep 18 2016


America/New York
11:00 am
Meeting House


Meeting House
4450 Fieldston Road, The Bronx, NY 10471


  • 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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