Ethical Culture of Westchester Turns 50

24 Sep, 2013

By Loop Contributor

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The Ethical Culture Society of Westchester is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its meeting house at 7 Saxon Wood Road (off Mamaroneck Avenue) in White Plains.


Ethical Culture, a liberal religious and educational fellowship without formal creed or dogma, was founded in New York City in 1876 and soon spread across the United States. The Westchester society was founded in 1921 and became a member of the American Ethical Union in 1929. It was originally located in New Rochelle before its move to White Plains in the fall of 1963.


Members of the Westchester society founded the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester Nursery School, Futura House (now Human Development Services of Westchester), and The Guidance Center of Westchester (for community mental health services).


Current projects include working with Habitat for Humanity to build housing, maintaining a portion of Mamaroneck Avenue through Westchester’s Adopt-A-Road program, participating in Amnesty International projects, and hosting an annual blood drive.


The society holds weekly services each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. These meetings, which are open to the public, address a wide range of spiritual, philosophical, and social issues. Discussion and social hospitality follow, and free childcare is available.


For more information, call the society at 914-948-1120 or visit its website, ethicalsocietywestchester.org.
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