Members of the Philadelphia Ethical Society share a commitment to the inherent worth of every person, ethical relationships, and social justice. We try to live our values in our daily personal interactions, in supporting for our Camp Linden summer children’s programming, and by engaging in social and political regional, national, and international issues through our Ethical Action Committee.
Major Ongoing Project of the Ethical Society: Camp Linden
We are deeply committed to our Camp Linden youth program, an outdoor education and recreation day camp for inner-city children. Volunteers help throughout the year with maintaining the camp. There are also opportunities for volunteering with the children during the summer program. More Info
Other Ethical Action Projects and Partnerships
Many members participate in the Ethical Action Committee that meets at 6:30PM on the second Wednesdays of most months (check our calendar for details). Some of the projects and partnerships are listed below.
Our Society takes the lead in:
- Maintaining a very active Ending Racism Task Force whose mission is to increase the acknowledgment, understanding, and reversal of white privilege, and to confront racism – be it individual, group and/or systemic – by motivating ourselves and our congregation to unlearn our personal biases and work to undo institutional racism throughout society. Read some of the ERTF members’ ending racism newsletter columns.
- Buying and presenting personal dictionaries for public elementary school students from neighborhoods in need of resources.
- Organizing some, and participating in other, Peace Day Philly events during the week around International Peace Day.
- Conducting special collections at many Sunday platforms for progressive and charitable organizations with principles aligned with Ethical Culture development. Recent special collections were made for Fair Food Philly, Manna, and Planned Parenthood of SE PA.
- Monitoring and making decisions about the Kiva loan account that the Society established several years ago.
Our Philadelphia Ethical Society works in cooperation with other organizations to build a more ethical culture by:
- Being an organizational member of POWER, our very dynamic and very effective interfaith coalition. With POWER we advocate for: * full fair funding for Philadelphia public schools; * a criminal justice system that is fair and does not participate in practices of mass incarceration, cash bail, stop and frisk and other policies of institutional racism; * economic dignity through the POWER Green Jobs Initiative; * a $15 Living Wage for City of Philadelphia contract and subcontractor workers; and * Together We Vote Voter Engagement activities including registration and issues education
- Participating in CCORD (Center City Organized for Responsible Development) to monitor and weigh in on development projects in Center City Philadelphia for their environmental and social justice impact.
- Hosting meetings in our building and works with Move to Amend, March to Harrisburg, Amnesty International Philadelphia Chapter, Project 440, and Peace Day Philly.
- Working with the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia to hold an annual celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in early December.
- Calling for member and platform attendee actions as recommended by our own Ethical Action Committee and by our federating organization, the American Ethical Union.
The Ethical Society engages in civic affairs but does not support individual political candidates or political parties.
How to Learn About Other Ethical Society Ethical Actions
Send e-mail to EAC Chairperson Nick Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Society at (215) 735-3456. Also, upcoming and recent ethical actions by the Philadelphia Ethical Society are often covered in the Society’s newsletter, Ethical Views.