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

EHSoP's April Newsletter

The April 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. Also in this issue:
  • April 18 Potluck Party Honoring Octavio Paz
  • Jeff Dubb on Kate Esposito's Activism
  • Photos from Anti-Pipeline Protest
  • Society Joins Petition Drive for Wage Justice
  • ESHoP's "Sell-Out Sunday"
  • Memories of Nuremburg Trials
  • Satirical Songs by Roy Zimmerman
  • Art for Justice Show, Events
  • One-Act Play Contest
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Explorations in Bioethics and Medicine
Rutgers Prof. Kimberly Mutcherson explains Reproductive Justice movement, which creates space for much broader discussions about women, "choice," and feminism.
Monday, April 7, 7:30 PM

Art for Justice Programs at ESHoP
An exhibit entitled "Dignity and Worth in the Era of Mass Incarceration," shows the work of Chalres Zafir Lawson of Graterford State Pirson. Will include an interactive learning there.
Sunday, April 20, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Potluck Party honoring Octavio Paz
The famous Nobel Prize-winning author Octavio Paz was born 100 years ago, and we'll have a Mexican theme pot-luck gala, with Miriachi but -- promise -- no Mexican Hat Dance!
Friday, April 18, 7:00 PM.

Fourth Annual One-Act Play Contest
Scripts can be submitted for the ESHoP's 2014 contest up until May 2. Winning play will receive honorarium of $100 and a rehearsed reading of the play at a Sunday platform. Details in newsletter. Inquiries to

American Ethical Union Assembly
The 99th Assembly of the AEU will be held in Skokie, Illinois, on May 1-4. The Assembly will be sponsored by the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. The theme of the Assembly this year is: “Revitalizing Democracy! Money, Power & Politics.” For more information, go to

AEU Leadership Summer School
Created in 1996 to promote the evolution of Ethical Culture, the Summer School provides a special opportunity for committed leaders and members to strengthen skills, share ideas and ideals, and broaden inter-Society connections. If you are interested in this opportunity, speak to Hugh or any Board member.

Roy Zimmerman's Connect the Blue Dots Tour
Zimmerman, a satirical songwriter in the Tom Lehrer/Phil Ochs tradition, is coming here! Admission is $18 general / $15 students and seniors. Come enjoy funny songs about fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, samesex marriage, guns, taxes and abstinence across the country.
Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 PM.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Tuesday, April 1
Phone Banking re: Minimum Wage, Kate Esposito, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 2
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Sunday, April 6
Platform: Good Things About Capitalism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Witness to History, George Sakheim, 1:30 PM
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 7:00 PM

Monday, April 7
Reproductive Justice, Kimberly Mutcherson, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 8
Phone Banking re: Minimum Wage, Kate Esposito, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 9
Finance Committee , 5:30 PM

Thursday, April 10
CC Hearing Loss Assoc., Beyond Hearing Aids, Bill Best, 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 13
Platform: Who Are the Lenape?, Shelley DePaul, 11 AM

Tuesday, April 15
Phone Banking re: Minimum Wage, Kate Esposito, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 16
Concert:, Roy Zimmerman, 7:30 PM

Friday, April 18
Potluck for Paz, Carol Love, 7 PM

Sunday, April 20
Platform: Members' Platform, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Art for Justice: Opening 12:15 PM, Interactive 1:30 PM

Monday, April 21
Wm. Penn House Talk: Criminal Justice, Hugh Taft-Morales, 8 PM

Tuesday, April 22
Phone Banking re: Minimum Wage, Kate Esposito, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 23
EHSoP Board Meeting, 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 24
Amnesty International, 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 27
Platform:, Ethics of Poetry, Anne Klaeysen, 11:00 AM

Tuesday, April 29
Phone Banking re: Minimum Wage, Kate Esposito, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 30
Camp Linden Committee, 6:30 PM

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