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 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

EHSoP's December Newsletter

The November issue of our newsletter Ethical Views is now online. Read it for a brief 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:

  • Commemoration of Kitzmiller Court Victory
  • Leader announces secular scouting program
  • Film Screening: Professional CAREgivers
  • How Mass Incarceration Impacts Black Families
  • Music @ Ethical: Migrations and Scandinavian Music
  • Human Rights Day, HumanLight Celebration
  • Calendar: January 17 Pledge Luncheon
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Hugh Taft-Morales: Evolution Case, Navigators USA, Fundraising Folk

Our EHSoP Leader's column fills us in on exciting new projects and events, including Ethical Folk Night, an evening of folk music to support a small local non-profit, EHSoP members involved in a new chapter of the ethical scouting prograam, Navigators USA, and memories of the great legal victory in the Kitzmiller case.

Kitzmiller Program

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the “Intelligent Design” court case! RSVP for the 1 PM luncheon, the 2:30 PM panel discussion, and a 5:30 PM closing ceremony followed by a happy hour (cash bar, free snacks) for only $30 (or $15 for the panel discussion and happy hour). Reservations required at or by check payable to Delaware Valley Americans United, with “DOVER TICKETS” in the memo line, mailed to DVAU, P.O. Box 142, Clayton, N.J., 08312-0142.

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, December 6, 7:00 PM

Muaic @ Ethical: Scandinavian Accents

A recital with flutist Elivi Varga and pianist Rollin Wilbur, Scandinavian-related composers are explored (Sibelius, Grieg, Hanson), culminating in the extraordinary Variations on a Them by Edvard Grieg, written by Walter Gieseking for flute and piano -- the first time this composition has ever been performed in Philadelphia. Performance details at Fine Art Music Company.
Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 PM

World Human Rights Day

Celebrate the 67th anniversary of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a program entitled Global Refugee Crisis: Philadelphia's Response. It will include talks by leaders from different Philadelphia organizations in Philadelphia working with refugees.
Monday, December 10, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

HumanLight Celebration

The Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia invites you to celebrate HumanLight at the Giant Superstore Community Room in Willow Grove. The cost is $25/person, children under 14 are free. RSVP by December 6 by emailing
Sunday, December 13, 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Portraits of Professional CAREgivers

A free screening of the documentary Portraits of Pressional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain which depicts the dramatic stories of care providers and public servants we call on in crisis. Talk is at 5:30 PM at the Free Library, EHSoP's Leader will leave for the walk to the Free Library at 4:45 PM.
Monday, December 7, 5:00 PM

How Mass Incarceration Impacts Black Families

A discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates' article from the October 2015 issue of The Atlantic, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration". As part of our commitment to more fully understand the Black Lives Matter movement, it is essential that we engage in study, dialogue and discrement. Hard copies of the article will be available at the Society after platforms or online at,
The article is divided into nine sections. Sections I and II will be discussed Tuesday, December 8; Sections III and IV on Tuesday, December 15; Sections V, VI and VII on Tuesday, January 12; and Sections VIII and IX on Tuesday, January 19. All sessions are at 7:00 PM.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, December 2
Education Committee, 6:30 PM

Sunday, December 6
Integrity and Humility of Science, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Tree of Knowledge, 12:15 PM
Kitzmiller Luncheon, Discussion, 1-5:30 PM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Monday, December 7
Portraits of Caregivers,Free Library Film, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 8
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Discussion Group #1, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 9
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action, 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 10
Center City Hearing Loss Assn., 6:30 PM

Sunday, December 13
Responding to Hate Speech, Billie Murray, 11 AM

Tuesday, December 15
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Discussion Group #2, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 16
Scandinavian Accents, Music @ Ethical, 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 17
Amnesty International, 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 20
ESHoP Winter Solstice Festival, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, December 23
EHSoP Board, 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 29

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