Relationships are part of what makes us happy and healthy, and able to participate in constructive ways in the world.  Finding an ethical community like this Ethical Culture Society is one way that some find the friends they need after transitions in life.  Have you just moved to the area, and need to find like-hearted friends?  Have you lost a partner? Recently retired? Changed jobs, so your “work buddies” from the old job are now not part of your week?  Losing some hope in a good future with what is going on in the world?

This very popular TED talk gives some of the science behind why we need relationships.

But please don’t come expecting to find ready-made friendships and community.  Being a friend, being a community member, is how we build friendships and community.  Think of the Society for Ethical Culture as a way to practice being a friend, a place to help build community, and you’re far more likely to find good friendships and be in a community that serves your needs.

This is an especially good time to be building friendships and community at the Society for Ethical Culture here in Riverdale-Yonkers.  We are currently growing in numbers, participation, and programming, and your ideas and support can make a real difference.  And you’ll find more of what you’re looking for, in creating a good life for yourself and others, being part of it.

We welcome you to come and visit us some Sunday morning. Check out the calendar and pick a date and maybe a subject that works well for you.  Talk to me when you come, if it’s a Sunday I’m at the Society.  Talk to Liz Collier, our Community Outreach Director and quite a warm and interesting person.  Meet the members, old and new.

I look forward to meeting you!

— Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture

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