Sunday Meetings

Aug
18
Sun
11:00 am The Art of Ethics: Remembering R...
The Art of Ethics: Remembering R...
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am
The Art of Ethics: Remembering Rightly @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
This Sunday, our speakers Elyse Ambrose and storäe michele will address the ways that public art shapes our collective memory.  What is the responsibility we hold to ensure that the markers of memory honor community?[...]
Aug
25
Sun
11:00 am The Joy of Poetry: Remembering M...
The Joy of Poetry: Remembering M...
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am
The Joy of Poetry: Remembering Mary Oliver @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Join us for a colloquy on the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Jane Oliver. She is best known for her introspective poems about nature. A review of one of Mary’s collections describes her as[...]
Sep
1
Sun
11:00 am What Do You Expect? (Community R...
What Do You Expect? (Community R...
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am
What Do You Expect? (Community Reflection) @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
For this Labor Day weekend, we’ll feature a colloquy on our monthly theme of expectations, hosted by Liz Collier, our Community Outreach Director.  All are welcome to come, share some of your thoughts, and practice[...]
Sep
8
Sun
11:00 am Homecoming: Potluck and Goodbye ...
Homecoming: Potluck and Goodbye ...
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am
Homecoming: Potluck and Goodbye to Summer @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Help say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn!  We encourage members and visitors to bring two things this Sunday: a dish to share for a potluck brunch, and a memory of something interesting or[...]
Sep
15
Sun
11:00 am Climate of Change
Climate of Change
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am
Climate of Change @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Climate change — which Rabbi Arthur Waskow calls “global scorching” — is not an abstract scientific prediction, it is a reality impacting human lives and human rights.  Climate change is a human problem.  John Dietrich,[...]

Learning & Community

Aug
29
Thu
7:00 pm Book Discussion: Stamped From th...
Book Discussion: Stamped From th...
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Book Discussion: Stamped From the Beginning @ Meeting House | New York | United States
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Author: Ibram X. Kendi https://amzn.to/2VNUcif If you want to oppose racism in today’s America, you’ll want to understand how anti-black racist ideas developed and[...]
Sep
8
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Sep 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Coffee House @Ethical @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
The Coffee House @Ethical brings you joy, courage, and wisdom through music the second Sunday of every month.  Please join us! $15 at the door, includes a cup of hot or, in season, iced coffee. [...]

Issues & Service

Aug
29
Thu
7:00 pm Book Discussion: Stamped From th...
Book Discussion: Stamped From th...
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Book Discussion: Stamped From the Beginning @ Meeting House | New York | United States
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Author: Ibram X. Kendi https://amzn.to/2VNUcif If you want to oppose racism in today’s America, you’ll want to understand how anti-black racist ideas developed and[...]

Recent News and Announcements

Stories and Story-Telling

Stories and Story-Telling

It’s November, and stories are part of this month. Whether thinking about writing fiction (#NaNoWriMo) or about the cultural stories of Thanksgiving and what they cover up, we understand the power of stories to tell truth or cover truth.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Healing?

What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Healing?

Many people who come to an Ethical Culture Society come from an experience of another religion.  They sometimes leave because their old faith isn’t big enough for their new ideas, or because the old faith didn’t accept them as who they are, or because they came to...

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Ethics Matters: Hospitality

Radical Hospitality and Ethical Culture - Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader In 1873, a young Felix Adler, recently returned from Germany with a doctorate in Semitics, spoke to his father’s congregation, Temple Emanuel, in New York City. Felix Adler was only 22 years old; his...

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Ethics Matters: Freedom and Delight

Ethics Matters: Freedom and Delight

~ Jone Johnson Lewis As we move into full-tilt summer, please note that we'll remain open on Sundays.  I encourage you to attend when you can, help create a welcoming atmosphere to the visitors we continue to get most Sundays, and also connect to your Ethical Culture...

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Ethics Matters: Blessings

Ethics Matters: Blessings

The Good That Happens to Us and the Good We Do - Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader The whole concept of “deserve” is rooted in ancient ideas of reward and punishment, or concept of something that is owed to us – that the universe, or God, or other people are obligated to pay...

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Ethics Matters: Faith

Ethics Matters: Faith

The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld. – Dorothy Thompson Faith is a passionate intuition. - William Wordsworth Springtime in the Bronx: April 2015 Reflections Our Ethics Matters...

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Ethics Matters: Resilience

Ethics Matters: Resilience

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Nelson Mandela “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh (by A....

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In the News: RYSEC Coyote Cam

In the News: RYSEC Coyote Cam

Our latest mention in the Riverdale Press highlights the coyote camera that we've had in our woods in back, and the coyote images that the camera captured.  Check it out here:  Camera captures local coyotes’ capers The online version misses the paragraph from our...

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Soul Matters at RYSEC

Soul Matters at RYSEC

February Message from Jone “Some people say each person has a soul.  I would say each person comes into the world with the possibility of a soul. The aim of life is to change our potential soul into an actuality. The whole purpose of life is to become an...

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