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

Music at Ethical: Concerts on the Square

"Oppression & Transcendence" is the theme as Music at Ethical continues. This performance is about struggles within the human condition as seen through the lens of various composersí lives. It draws on the power of their music which transcends it all. It features the incandescent Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber (performed within its original setting of his String Quartet) and Robert Schumannís inimitable Piano Quartet. Tickets are $25 general, $15 for members, seniors, and students. All ticketing is through www.FineArtMusicCompany.ticketleap. com.
Sunday, March 1, 3 PM

EHSoP's March Newsletter

The March 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:

  • Richard Kiniry: Ethical Humanism 201
  • Upcoming Service Auction
  • Ethics and the Aging Brain
  • Nuclear Weapons Panel
  • Nick Sanders: Our Dear Old Building
  • Ethical Action Chair: Do We Give a Hoot?
  • Leader's Notes & Photo of DARE MLK Day
Click here to download this newsletter.
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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, March 1, 7:00 PM

Ethics and the Aging Brain

Dr. Jason Karlawish, a leading expert on Alzheimer's and dementia, visits the EHSoP to discuss how the medical establishment and society in general approach longevity. How greatly does capacity have to be compromised to justify paternalistic restrictions in the home or in nursing facilities? How do we diagnose and monitor cognitive changes in ways that honor the autonomy and privacy of patients.
Monday, March 2, 7:30 PM

Nuclear Weapons: Their Danger, Cost & Elimination

A panel discussion, including EHSoP Leader Hugh Taft-Morales, Daniel Wolk of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Tammy Murphy of Project for Nuclear Awareness, Elizabeth Leonard of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Ed Aguilar of the Coalition for Peace Action, and Joseph Gerson of American Friends Service Committee.
Sunday, March 15, 3:00 PM

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 memberr'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 1
Platform: Humanism in Deed, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 7 PM

Monday, March 2
Ethics and the Aging Brain, Dr. Jason Karlawish, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 4
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Sunday, March 8
Platform: Hope for the Future: Creative Communities, Eileen Flanagan, 11 AM

Wednesday, March 11
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Community Committee, 7 PM

Thursday, March 12
CC Hearing Loss Assoc., Pat McGeever, 6:30 PM

Sunday, March 15
Platform: Spring Festival, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Hugh Taft-Morales & Panel, 3:00 PM

Wednesday, March 18
ESHoP Board , 6:45 PM

Sunday, March 22
Platform, Catholic Ethical Humanism?, Richard Kiniry, 11:00 AM

Thursday, March 26
Amnesty International, Ron Coburn, 7 PM

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

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