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 September Newsletter

The September 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:

  • Peace Day Philly Sing-Along
  • Presentation: Why Women Need Freedom from Religion
  • Historic Documents from Jane Addams & other luminaries
  • Author to Read One-Act Play Yard Sale
  • Music @ Ethical Season Opening Concert
  • Worldly Wisdom Discussion Session on Gullivers Travels
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

A Second Look at EHSoP Archives

When the EHSoP moved some boxes of old documents, Education Committee Chair Betsy Lighbourn found names like Jane Addams, William Lloyd Garrison, Aldous Huxley, and Walt Whitman. The Society is now considering placing those records with an archival service at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Music @ Ethical: Season Two Opener

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Pope's visit, the Fine Art Music Company and "Music @ Ethical" presents An Argentine Musicale, showcasing the soulful lyricism of Guastavino, Ginastera, Pujol, Merlin, and Piazzolla. The show has music, poetry -- and the Tango -- plus Argentina's 20th century passions. A prior peformance is Saturday, September 12. See the Fine Art Music Company for details.
Saturday, September 19, 8:00 PM

Interfaith Peace Day Philly Celebration

An interfaith group sponsors this event for community-building, networking, and inspiration. Learn about other Peace groups in Philadelphia -- and enjoy music, poetry, personal stories, refreshments, and dialogue. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, September 20, 2:00-4:30 PM

Fifth Annual Peace Day Philly Sing-Along

EHSoP Leader Hugh Taft-Morales joins families, musicians, the Granny Peace Brigade, and other peace organizations to sing songs of peace. The program will include some participatory dances and concludes around 7:15 PM with a silent Candlelight Walk around Rittenhouse Square.
Monday, September 21, 6:15 PM

Why Women Need Freedom from Religion

The EHSoP and the Freethought Society are co-hosting a talk by Annie Laurie Gaylor, of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Gaylor's talk is based on her books, Woe to Women: The Bible Tells Me So and Women Without Superstition: No Gods - No Monsters.
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

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

Sunday, September 6
Ethical Humanism, Then and Now, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Wednesday, September 9
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM

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

Sunday, September 13
From Cuba to the Ukraine, Deena Stryker, 11 AM

Thursday, September 17
Wordly Wisdom, Swift's Gullivers Travels, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 19
Music @ Ethical, An Argentine Musicale, 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 20
Peace, Poverty and the Planet, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
International Peace Day Philly, 2 - 4:30 PM

Monday, September 21
Peace Day Sing-Along, 6:15 PM

Wednesday, September 23
EHSoP Board, 7:00 PM

Thursday, Septemnber 24
Amnesty International, 7:00 PM
Why Women Need Freedom from Religion, Annie Laurie Gaylor, 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 27
Francis, the Good Guy -- But How About the Good, Richard Kiniry, Leader Emeritus, EHSoP, 11 AM

Wednesday, September 30
Camp Linden Committee, 6:45 PM

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