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The Riverdale Yonkers Ethical Culture Society a community of individuals interested in humanism, social justice, social service, and interpersonal growth. We have an ethics-based Sunday children's program, ethics-based Sunday programs for adults, a weekly homeless shelter, a food and hunger project, small groups, workshops, and other activities. We welcome visitors and new members! Check out our website at www.rysec.org for more about us.

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Values in Action: Making Thoughtful Choices (Sunday Platform Meeting)

Riverdale-Yonkers Society For Ethical Culture

Do you ever feel challenged by making choices that truly align with what's most important to you? Are you often overwhelmed by the multitude of choices you face every day? How do you decide when faced with two compelling choices? In this platform, we will explore how to make choices that are inspired by your values and your vision for the world you are striving to create. You will learn how to coach yourself to make choices from a place of freedom, creativity and compassion. Come prepared with a few choices you are pondering so you can put these strategies to work right away. About the Speaker: In 2003, Madhu Krishnappa Maron started MadhuCoach, a coaching and consulting practice dedicated to supporting individuals and organizational leaders on the path to transformation. She merges expertise as a Human Resources professional with stellar coaching skills and a belief in her clients’ innate resourcefulness to help them envision and make changes they never thought possible. Prior to becoming a coach, Madhu spent seventeen years as a Human Resources professional, working with The Associated Press, Standard & Poor’s, Henry Ford Health System (Detroit), the New York City Economic Development Corporation and other organizations. Madhu is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation. She mentors coaches-in-training and conducts her own program, Creating Meaningful Work, at the New York Open Center. Madhu is on the faculty of Leadership That Works and facilitates Coaching for Transformation, an ICF-accredited coaching certification program in New York and around the world. As a coach, Madhu has partnered with clients at American Airlines, Bankrate.com, Consumer Reports, HBO and The Associated Press. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. A passionate Motown music fan, Madhu was born in Detroit, Michigan to immigrant parents from India. She now makes her home in the Bronx, New York with her family. Music by Lindsey Wilson. Our Ethics Matters theme for January is Choice – The practice of making and acting on wise choices; opening up new options to choose from. Ethics for Children meets concurrently with our Sunday programs. Please join us! ---------------------- You can find out more about our Sunday program schedule at http://www.rysec.org/sunday-meetings/ We meet on Sundays for three reasons: to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, to connect with others who share a similar journey, and, for those with children, to help them develop ethically. Times: Gathering time (coffee and conversation): 11 - 11:15 Meeting: 11:15 - 12:30 Social time: 12:30 (people usually stay until 1 or 1:15) We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation. We stress the human worth and dignity of every person, and encourage ethical development through reason, compassion, and responsibility. We also have a lively Ethics for Children program beginning at 11 am each Sunday. For more information see our website: http://www.rysec.org/ethics-for-children/ Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We also include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in. 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.

No Choice But to Choose (Sunday Platform Meeting)

Riverdale-Yonkers Society For Ethical Culture

Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on an uncomfortable reality of ethics: that we can, as the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius pointed out, commit injustice by doing nothing. The excuse that "I didn't do anything!" does not take into account that inaction that allows people to act in hurtful ways makes the world more unjust -- and thus is itself an unjust choice. "Doing nothing" equates to "staying on the path we're currently on" or "letting happen what will likely happen" -- which are choices. Our inactions -- from ignoring bullies to deciding not to vote to collective inaction on climate change -- do have impacts on the world. Often, we think we are not choosing, but we can usually find a choice not to pay attention or not to challenge what is possible, behind any inaction. And sometimes, not acting may be the more ethical choice. But it is a choice. "We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe." - Elie Wiesel Music by Lindsey Wilson. Our Ethics Matters theme for January is Choice – The practice of making and acting on wise choices; opening up new options to choose from. You can find out more about our Sunday program schedule at http://www.rysec.org/sunday-meetings/ We meet on Sundays for three reasons: to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, to connect with others who share a similar journey, and, for those with children, to help them develop ethically. Times: Gathering time (coffee and conversation): 11 - 11:15 Meeting: 11:15 - 12:30 Social time: 12:30 (people usually stay until 1 or 1:15) We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation. We stress the human worth and dignity of every person, and encourage ethical development through reason, compassion, and responsibility. Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, a popular speaker, and on other Sundays, we hear from guest speakers or members of our own or other Ethical Societies. Subjects vary. Some platform topics focus on practical living and ethical relationships. Some focus on humanism, secular philosophy or religion. Some focus on public issues including global warming, foreign wars, national politics, health issues and human rights concerns. Some Sundays we use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal. Some Sundays are multigenerational celebrations of a holiday or idea. We also have a lively Ethics for Children program beginning at 11 am each Sunday. For more information see our website: http://www.rysec.org/ethics-for-children/ Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We also include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in. 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.

Try out our Sunday Platform Meeting

Riverdale-Yonkers Society For Ethical Culture

You can find out more about our Sunday program schedule at http://www.rysec.org/sunday-meetings/ We meet on Sundays for three reasons: to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, to connect with others who share a similar journey, and, for those with children, to help them develop ethically. Times: Gathering time (coffee and conversation): 11 - 11:15 Meeting: 11:15 - 12:30 Social time: 12:30 (people usually stay until 1 or 1:15) We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation. We stress the human worth and dignity of every person, and encourage ethical development through reason, compassion, and responsibility. Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, a popular speaker, and on other Sundays, we hear from guest speakers or members of our own or other Ethical Societies. Subjects vary. Some platform topics focus on practical living and ethical relationships. Some focus on humanism, secular philosophy or religion. Some focus on public issues including global warming, foreign wars, national politics, health issues and human rights concerns. Some Sundays we use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal. Some Sundays are multigenerational celebrations of a holiday or idea. We also have a lively Ethics for Children program beginning at 11 am each Sunday. For more information see our website: http://www.rysec.org/ethics-for-children/ Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We also include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in. 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.

Try out our Sunday Platform Meeting

Riverdale-Yonkers Society For Ethical Culture

You can find out more about our Sunday program schedule at http://www.rysec.org/sunday-meetings/ We meet on Sundays for three reasons: to find inspiration for living a more ethical life, to connect with others who share a similar journey, and, for those with children, to help them develop ethically. Times: Gathering time (coffee and conversation): 11 - 11:15 Meeting: 11:15 - 12:30 Social time: 12:30 (people usually stay until 1 or 1:15) We share inspiring and stimulating ideas about social issues, ethical living, and personal transformation. We stress the human worth and dignity of every person, and encourage ethical development through reason, compassion, and responsibility. Some Sundays, we hear from the professional Ethical Leader of the community, a popular speaker, and on other Sundays, we hear from guest speakers or members of our own or other Ethical Societies. Subjects vary. Some platform topics focus on practical living and ethical relationships. Some focus on humanism, secular philosophy or religion. Some focus on public issues including global warming, foreign wars, national politics, health issues and human rights concerns. Some Sundays we use what we call a colloquy format, which is more participative and informal. Some Sundays are multigenerational celebrations of a holiday or idea. We also have a lively Ethics for Children program beginning at 11 am each Sunday. For more information see our website: http://www.rysec.org/ethics-for-children/ Sunday meetings include time to honor personal journeys, challenges and joys, and to be a supportive community to each other. We also include live music, most often with song or two where everyone is invited, as they are willing and able, to join in. 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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