Much of the work of the Philadelphia Ethical Society is done through committees, overseen by the Board of Trustees. Society members join committees that match their interests and skills. There is no admission procedure, and committee memberships vary from time to time. However, there has been a core of two or three members who continue in the standing committees over at least a three-year period.
Most committees meet monthly, though some meet less often and a few meet only on an as-needed basis. In committee meetings, members coordinate activities carried out outside the meetings. Some activities that involve policy require approval by the Board of Trustees.
The standing committees, their functions, meeting frequencies, and contact persons are listed below.
Oversight of current maintenance our building and long-term planning for it. The Rentals Task-force, which oversees and supports building rental activity, is under this committee
Promote the programs and activities of the Society outside the Society.
Establish a community of cooperation and acceptance that allows interpersonal growth and individual worth. Within this committee, there are special teams for Social Events, Membership Growth, and Connections.
Analyze the principles of Ethical Humanism in the light of contemporary experience, and offers programs that express those principles through selection of platform speakers and children’s education.
Fosters member and general citizen involvement in social and environmental issues at regional, national, and international levels – not to include support of individual political candidates or political parties. Within this committee, there is a special task force on Ending Racism.