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

In the public eye: Leader Hugh Taft-Morales is interviewed by the United Coalition of Reason. See it here.


Our April Newsletter

The April 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:

  • Leader Hugh Taft-Morales on "Bmorethical" together in June.
  • Education Committee Chairperson Betsy Lightbourn on how our Sunday platforms come about.
  • Ethical Action Committee Co-Chairperson Kate Esposito takes us back to a famous sermon on April 4, 1967.
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Patterns and Waves

Opening of a Collier Gallery art exhibit by Gerald Foss, a Philadelphia-based artist. These selected works, the culmination of several years of development, were rendered with technical pens and were constructed to give the audience an alternative view of structural sanity. The underlying concept is that we are all represented by patterns and waves; everything else is just the semantics of existence.
Sunday, April 2, 12:00 PM

Youth Voices on Youth Violence: A Conversation with Public Officials and Faith Leaders. In honor of National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 3-7

How do we stop the plague of gun violence in Philadelphia? Let's start by listening to those most adversely affected by this cultural disease: our young people. Come to the first in a series of civic dialogues between local youth, public officials, and faith leaders. By offering opportunities for candid, respectful conversation, the Ethical Society and Philadelphia CeaseFire hope to unlock the democratic and creative energy necessary to transform our city into its ideal: a city of brotherly and sisterly love.
Monday, April 3, 7:00 PM

Jazz Appreciation Month Concert Series

Band leader Henry Laws brings a wide-ranging jazz program to our Auditorium on Sunday afternoons in April, in celebration of national Jazz Appreciation Month.
Tickets: $20/general; $10/members, seniors, & students. Information: 507-990-3535.
Sundays, April 9, 23, and 30, 3:00 PM

The Constitution and Executive Power Today: A discussion with Kim Roosevelt

In the midst of travel bans and conflicts of interest, how are we to judge the constitutionality of the President's actions? Is he violating due process and/ or advancing his self-interest at the expense of the country? Are our legislators or courts likely to act? What might the future hold? Come join Hugh Taft- Morales in a discussion with Prof. Kim Roosevelt about these important questions.
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 PM

The Vital Role of Shifting One's Perspective: Don't Trust The Truth!

Co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Society, this dialogue is stimulated by a profound 52 minute video presentation by Tricia Wang entitled Don't Trust The Truth! Inspired by Wang's guidance, we will explore the importance of shifting our perspective to build understanding so we can improve our work, our designs, and our policies.
Monday, May 1, 7:00 PM
RSVP via the Philadelphia Ethical Society Meetup page. where you will find more information and links.

Music for Two Pianos

A second piano will be brought into the Ethical Society auditorium for an all-piano concert by Kasia Marzec-Salwinski and Rollin Wilber. The entire program will be works for two pianos, which can be one of the most exciting and dynamic performances an audiences can see and hear. The program will include what are considered two of the finest pieces composed for two-piano performance, by Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, April 2
Diversity in Islam, platform 11 AM
Patterns and Waves, art gallery opening 12 PM Introduction to Ethical Humanism, class/social 7 PM

Monday, April 3
Youth Voices on Youth Violence, special event, 7 PM

Wednesday, April 5
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, April 9
And Justice For All, platform, 11 AM
Jazz, concert, 3 PM

Wednesday, April 12
Finance Committee, meeting, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, April 16
Questions, platform, 11 AM

Tuesday, April 18
The Constitution and Executive Power, special event, 7 PM

Wednesday, April 19
Board of Trustees, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, April 23
In re Gault at 50: A look at Access to Counsel for Children's Defense, platform, 11 AM
Jazz, concert, 3 PM

Wednesday, April 26
Camp Linden Committee, meeting, 7 PM

Thursday, April 27
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Sunday, April 30
Becoming White, platform, 11 AM
Jazz, concert, 3 PM

Monday, May 1
Don't Trust the Truth, special event, 7 PM

Sunday, May 7
Music for Two Pianos, concert, 3 PM

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