The Defining Tensions of Felix Adler, Founder of the First Ethical Society

|The Defining Tensions of Felix Adler, Founder of the First Ethical Society
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Christian Hayden

Ethical Culture Leader in Training

Who was the person who started Ethical Humanism? What drove him to establish a community that functioned like a religion but is nontheistic? How did he go from radical to outdated in a few short years? What lasting tensions remain and shape Ethical Humanism?

Christian Hayden views Felix Adler who founded Ethical Culture in 1876 from a 21st century perspective.

The most important thing to know about Christian, is that he is an Ethical Culture leader in training, which means you are stuck with him for a while. The second most important thing is that he fell in love with photography recently so you might hear about that too. Christian is a full-time facilitator, very part time poet, and he’s striving to be a 24/7 humanist. He also spent a year in Ghana with the Humanist Service Corps and was awarded the Mossler Fellowship in 2016.