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

Recent Changes marked in red

Music at Ethical: Concerts on the Square

"Of War: Sanity Sought through Music" is the theme as Music at Ethical offers its fourth concert. Composers often find inspiration from wartime. The concert features Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, based on the Matthew Arnold poem; Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet #8; plus works by Chopin, Poulenc, Hovhaness, Vardapet, Arutiunian, and Haas. Following the concert, a discussion and reception. Tickets are $25 general, $15 for members, seniors, and students. All ticketing is through www.FineArtMusicCompany.ticketleap. com.
Sunday, April 19, 3 PM

EHSoP's April Newsletter

The April 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:

  • Hugh Taft-Morales: POWER, Minimum Wage, and EHSoP
  • Review of 3rd Music at Ethical Concert
  • Kickoff of Richard Kiniry's Ethical Humanism 201
  • Peace Train to New York Anti-Nuke
  • Treatment of Human & Animal Subjects
  • Roy Zimmerman: The Faucet's on Fire!
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This Month's Highlights

Introduction to Ethical Humanism

A regular class for newcomers, old-timers -- and the simply curious. Hosted by Leader Hugh Taft-Morales. Ask questions and share reflections over wine and cheese. Open to the public, but please RSVP to
Sunday, April 5, 7:00 PM

Human & Animal Subjects in Medicine & Science

The Bioethics without God series continues as two experts from the University of Pennsylvania join Hugh Taft-Morales to discuss ethical issues surrounding the use of subjects in medical and scientific research. Guests are Dr. Megan Singleton and Dr. James A. Serpell.
Monday, April 6, 7:30 PM

Roy Zimmerman: The Faucet's On Fire

Roy Zimmerman brings the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. Called "a latter-day Tom Lehrer," he's shared stages with Bill Maher, John Oliver, Ellen Degeneres, George Carlin, and many others. $18 General Admission, $15 for students and seniors.
Sunday, April 5, 5:00 PM

Discussions on Race and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Two sessions on the subject held at EHSoP members' homes. 10-person limit. Email to reserve a place..
Tuesday, April 7 and Sunday, April 19

Ethical Humanism 201, with Richard Kiniry

A three-part workshop with EHSoP Leader Emeritus Richard Kiniry will offer an opportunity for members of the Society to go deeper into Ethical Humanist philosophy. The workshop will first examine the intellectual history and the core beliefs, then look at what those ideas mean in our personal life and in the area of social justice. Ethical Humanism "has a hstory situated on the fringe of religion and its approach is of use to both the confused and to the know-it-alls," Kiniry says. The workshop is free for members, $15 for non-members. Register directly with Richard by emailing him at
Thursdays, April 2, 9, 30, 7:00-8:30 PM.

2015 EHSoP Service Auction

It's an annual event at the Society. Last year, the Society had 20 items presented for bid, including Hugh's sing-along at a member's home, a Canoe Carnival at Medford Lakes, animal care, historical trips, dinner parties at member's homes, sports events, concerts, movies, etc. What items will be up for auction this year? Submit your service auction idea to Chair Sally Redlener and Co-Chair Adriana Munson.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, March 29
Platform: Raising Powerfully Ethical Kids, Dale McGowan, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, April 1
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Thursday, April 2
Ethical Humanism 201 #1, 7:00 PM, R. Kiniry

Saturday, April 4
Anti-Poverty March, Broad & Girard

Sunday, April 5
Platform: Humanist Anti-Racist Activism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
The Faucet's on Fire!, Roy Zimmerman, 5 PM.
Intro to Ethical Humanism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 7:30 PM

Monday, April 6
Bioethics Without God, Hugh Taft-Morales et al., 7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 7
Black Lives Matter, Discussion with J&R Dubb, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 8
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Communications Committee, 7 PM

Thursday, April 9
Ethical Humanism 201 #2, 7:00 PM, R. Kiniry

Sunday, April 12
Platform: Why the Non-Proliferation Treaty Matters, Peter Lems, 11 AM

Wednesday, April 15
ESHoP Board, 6:45 PM

Sunday, April 19
Platform, J. Robert Oppenheimer & Nuclear Agony, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Concert: Sanity Through Music, 3:00 PM
Black Lives Matter, Discussion with Elizabeth Leonard, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, April 22
Camp Linden Committee, 6:45 PM

Thursday, April 23
Amnesty International, Ron Coburn, 7 PM

Sunday, April 26
Merits of Prison Education, Marjorie Jones, 11:00 AM

Thursday, April 30
Ethical Humanism 201 #3, 7:00 PM, R. Kiniry

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