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 Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER).

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

Our Really Big September Newsletter

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

Also in this issue:

  • A growth message from our new Society President, Bob Bueding
  • Leader Hugh on Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler in the Adirondacks
  • Board member Kate Esposito's briefing on ethical actions with POWER
  • Society member Sylvia Metzler on life as a bee in our summer camp
  • More from Sylvia M. on Whites Confronting Racism
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

How can Building Trust Help us Secure America?

Co-sponsored by the Greate Philadelphia Thinking Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Society, this dialogue follows some of the thinking of Bruce Schneider, author of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust the Society Needs to Thrive.

RSVP at the Philadelphia Ethical Society Meetup page where you will find more information and links to related readings and videos. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 PM

Capitalism in Crisis: Chris Rabb – Poverty, Race and Other Structural Roadblocks to Business Success

In the fifth in our 2016 Ethics on the Square offerings, Leader Hugh Taft- Morales hosts Chris Rabb, a father, teacher, author, and social justice activist currently running as an independent-minded Democratic candidate for the 200th legislative district including Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. Rabb will discuss poverty, race, and other structural roadblocks to business success, echoing some of the insights in his book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity
Monday, September 12, 7:00 PM

An Interfaith Peace Dialogue: Welcoming Each Other Across Diverse Cultures & Faiths

People of all faiths and practices welcome! Come share your efforts to nurture peace in yourself, in your relationships, and in the world. Please RSVP at:
Sunday, September 18, 2:00-4:30 PM

We Grow Where We Are: Refugee Life through the Eyes of Syrian Children

Greg Sheehan, a young photographer who spent a year in Lebanon, will share photos of and by Syrian refugee children he met there. Work for sale will benefit that refugee community. Special guest Jordanian singer Farah Siraj who has performed at the United Nations, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and around the world.
Sunday, September 18, 6:00-8:00 PM

Building Blocks for Social Success

Our Building Blocks for Social Success program kicks off in September. Each month we will focus on a given Ethical Culture value and we will host additional themed Meetups and social events reaching out particularly to those new to Ethical Culture. September’s theme is knowledge and posters of Ben Franklin and Carl Sagan with corresponding quotes will be displayed in our Ethical Society windows. On September 19, we will explore different perspectives about what “knowledge” means, how we gather knowledge, and distinctions between observation, reason, belief, opinion, and wisdom. Building Blocks Meetups will encourage engagement and exchange. The last part of the evening will be set aside for making new social connections.
NOTE: There will be a brief Introduction to Ethical Humanism before this Meetup at 6:30 PM.
Monday, September 19, 7:00-9:00 PM

Meditation for Peace

Come learn about meditation from practitioners from different disciplines – Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and secular mindfulness – will share their practices and do demonstrations. A discussion on the benefits of meditation for individuals, schools and workplaces will follow.
Tuesday, September 20, 6:00-8:00 PM

Welcoming City: The International Day of Peace in Philadelphia

Special Peace Day program will include intercultural music, spoken word, peace art activity, remarks from Mayor Kenney, and one minute of silent meditation at noon, (taking place across the globe in all time zones)..
Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
At CITY HALL, North Side

6th Annual Sing Along for Peace

Hugh Taft-Morales will lead participants in varied songs of peace. Spoken word and Dances of Universal Peace will also weave into the event. Children and adults are welcome to engage in the global initiative Chalk4Peace – drawing images and words for peace on the sidewalk with colored chalk.
Wednesday, September 21, 5:00-6:30 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, August 31
Building Trust to Secure America meetup, 7 PM

Sunday, September 4
John Lovejoy Elliott and a Ministry to Man, platform, 11 AM

Monday, September 5
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Wednesday, September 7
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, September 11
Universal Principles of Peace, platform, 11 AM

Monday, September 12
Captialism in Crisis: Poverty, Race, ..., dialogue, 7 PM

Wednesday, September 14
Finance Committee, meeting, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, September 18
Strengthening Our Nation of Immigrants, platform, 11 AM
Interfaith Peace Dialogue, panel, 2 PM
We Grow Where We Are, photos and concert, 6 AM

Monday, September 19
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 6:30 PM
Building Blocks for Social Success, meetup, 7 PM

Tuesday, September 20
Meditation for Peace, meetup, 7 PM

Wednesday, September 21
Welcoming City, rally at City Hall, 11:30 PM
Sing Along for Peace, 5:30 PM
Board of Trustees, meeting, 7 PM

Thursday, September 22
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Sunday, September 25
Violence as a Public Health Issue, platform, 11 AM

Wednesday, September 28
Camp Linden Committee, meeting, 7 PM

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