Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
1906 South Rittenhouse Square, (215) 735-3456,

As Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, I welcome you to our website! I invite you to explore it to find out about our programs, community, and historic building on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse Square. Ethical Humanism, a humanist, religious and educational movement, has nurtured religious humanism and contributed to progressive causes for well over a century. Founded in 1885 as the Philadelphia Ethical Society, we are a member of the American Ethical Union. Our local organization offers a place where we partner with groups that share our values, such as Amnesty International and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

At the heart of the Ethical Society is our Sunday morning program that offers inspiration to help us live closer to our ethical ideals. Only by visiting and getting to know us can you see how we try to honor the worth of every individual, nurture human relationships and ethical community, and build social justice.

Join us in community, or contact me individually:
or 301-580-1481

Sincerely, Hugh Taft-Morales
Leader, Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia

Leader Hugh Taft-Morales

What's New

EHSoP's September Newsletter

The September issue of our newsletter Ethical Views is now online. Read it for a brief description of our schedule of Sunday 11 AM programs and other activities. Note: Previous Ethical Views are available on the Library/Newsletters page.

Also in this issue:

  • Sept 7: Criminal Justice Reform Summit
  • Sept 21: Peace Day Philly
  • Nick Sanders on Why People Join ESHoP
  • Review of Summer Activities: Summer Sundays on the Square, Visit to Uptown Theatre Renovation, Solstice Cleanup
  • Winner of One-Act Playwriting Contest: Pat McGeever
Click here to download this newsletter.
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11 AM Start for Sunday Platforms
Starting Sept. 7, the EHSoP returns to its usual 11 AM starting time for Sunday Platforms. (During the summer months, it was changed to 10 AM.) Also, there is no platform on August 31.

Broken Systems, Broken Neighborhoods, Broken Lives
ESHoP joins with Art for Justice to host a Criminal Justice Reform Summit. Among the events: Showing and discussion of documentary Broken on All Sides, Keynote Speech by Harold Wilson, author of Witness to Innocence, and various speakers and groups. Free and open to the public. Register at
Sunday, September 7, 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Peace Day Philly
Honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace, the ESHoP features a platform talk by Leader Hugh Taft-Morales on Music and Peace and a 3:30 PM viewing and discussion of Lives of Commitment: Working for Peace by Julie Rainbow, hosted by Hugh and the Granny Peace Brigade. At 6 PM, there will be a Sing-Along for Peace on the sidewalk.
Sunday, September 21, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

No Platform August 31

Wednesday, September 3
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Sunday, September 7
Platform: Relationships Though Bars, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Criminal Justice Reform Summit, 2:00-6:00 PM
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 10
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Community Committee, 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 14
Platform: Felix Adler: Free Kindergarten Movement, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, September 17
ESHoP Board , 6:30 PM

Thursday, September 18
CC Hearing Loss Assoc., Pat McGeever, 6:30 PM

Sunday, September 21
Music and Peace, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Lives of Commitment: Working for Peace, Julie Rainbow, 3:30 PM
Sing-Along for Peace, Hugh Taft-Morales, 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 25
Amnesty International, 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 28
Platform: Music in Nature, David Rothenberg, 11 AM

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