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 May Newsletter

The May 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 worries about possible nuclear war and calls for a better world.
  • President Bob Bueding writes about our Society in "intersting times."
  • Long-time attendee Erik Younge recounts the life and times of two born on May 19.
  • Secretary Henry Pashkow reminds us about caring in ethical action.
Click here to download this newsletter.
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

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!" Watch it on YouTube.
Monday, May 1, 7:00 PM

Music for Two Pianos

On Sunday, May 7, 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 audience 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.
Tickets are $25/general admission, $20/seniors, $15/PES members, and $10/ students.
A reception follows the concert - please stay to visit.
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 PM

Meditation and Peace

Annalisa Castaldo, a Zen Buddhist and Associate Professor of English, Widener University, will lead participants in several mindfulness meditations and then facilitate an interactive conversation about the important role mindfulness can play in our daily lives. Peace Day Philly core team members Frank Neill, Rorng Sorn and Hugh Taft-Morales will also share about their use of mindfulness in bringing positive awareness and action into personal, work and community life. FREE.
Monday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Monday, May 1
The Vital Role of Shifting One's Perspective: Don't Trust The Truth!, special event, 7 PM

Wednesday, May 3
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, May 7
Inclusive Feminism, platform 11 AM
Music at Ethical: Two Pianos, concert 3 PM
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, class/social 7 PM

Wednesday, May 10
Finance Committee, meeting, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, May 14
Environmental Justice is a Civil Right, platform, 11 AM

Wednesday, May 17
Board of Trustees, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, May 21
Confronting Racism Task Force, meeting, 9:30 AM
What's Ethical about Ethical Culture?, platform, 11 AM
Annual Membership Meeting, meeting, 12 PM

Monday, May 22
Meditation and Peace, class, 5:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 24
Camp Linden Committee, meeting, 7 PM

Thursday, May 25
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Sunday, May 28
War, Genocide, and the Refugee Experience, platform, 11 AM

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