Sunday Platform Meetings at the Society for Ethical Culture

We meet on Sundays to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, and to connect with others who share a similar journey. We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation.

Platform Meeting Topics

Oct 27 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Building Bridges Between Atheists and Theists Is the chasm of understanding between atheists and theists growing wider? Can atheists and theists identify shared values and build partnerships for the common good, or are their disagreements[...]
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
What we pay attention to in our history shapes our actions today.  The traditional stories most of us learned in school about the “first Thanksgiving” turn out to be propaganda that suits an assumption of[...]
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Speaker and topic to be announced. Watch this space! 11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we[...]
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Eileen Brilliant, a former RYSEC member noted for being a thoughtful, engaging, platform host, joins us to read selections of her poetry, including those from her recent book, In the Middle of Things, Begin. © Enterlinedesign[...]



Our monthly themes focus on aspects of living a more ethical life.

Topics and Speakers

Topics are varied.  Many of our Sunday meetings focus on a monthly theme. Some meetings focus on practical living and ethical relationships, and some on social justice or public issues, including climate justice, peace, antiracism, and human rights.  Some focus on humanism, secular philosophy, or religion.

Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, Jone Johnson Lewis. On other Sundays, we hear from guest speakers or members of our own or other Ethical Societies.

For some Sunday meetings we use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal, with some structure to encourage deep listening to each other. Some Sundays are multigenerational celebrations of the seasons or a special holiday.

Listen or Watch

A few sample past Sunday platform meetings for you to listen to or watch on your computer.

What Can I Expect?

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another and maybe have a cup of coffee or tea.  We aim to begin the formal program at 11:15 and end about 12:30.  After that through about 1:15, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!  

The Ethics for Children program usually meets concurrently.  A few times a year we all meet together in a multigenerational experience.

Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges, and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We usually include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in.

Our weekly collection helps sustain our programs and building.  We usually split the collection with an organization in the wider community that we believe embodies some of the values of Ethical Culture. Contributions are completely voluntary.

Finally, we share some coffee, tea or juice, and light snacks, with conversation during a social hour, as a way to more informally continue the discussion as well as reconnect or meet new friends.

We hope to go out, back to our individual lives, families, work, and social action, re-energized, and re-committed to live more ethically in all those arenas.

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