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 November Newsletter

The November 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:

  • EHSoP Member Files Report from Africa
  • Leader Goes to Conference on Religious and Secular Activism
  • November 16: Exploring White Privilege
  • November 29: Music @ Ethical: Central & Eastern Europe
  • December 6: Tree of Knowledge
  • January 17: Community Pledge Luncheon
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Nick Sanders: Thoughts on Overpopulation and Relocation

EHSoP President Nick Sanders recently relocated from a house to a 10th floor apartment -- further from nature, in closer contact with other people. Spurred by this change, he revisits his reading and thinking on the issue of overpopulation and species extinction. A side thought: "calling myself a 'humanist' should not set me against other species."

Introduction to Ethical Humanism

A regular class for newcomers, old-timers -- and the simply curious. Hosted by Leader Hugh Taft-Morales. Ask questions and share reflections over wine and cheese. Open to the public, but please RSVP to
Sunday, November 1, 7:00 PM

Muaic @ Ethical: Musical Migrations

Take a journey with our sophisticated and knowledgeable musical guide, with compelling works by Central and East European composters Zoltan Kodaly, Bela Bartok, Erno Dohanyi, and Aram Khachaturian. "Come hear the power of folk traditions cultivated by more great composers who widened the world of classical music." Performance details at Fine Art Music Company.
Sunday, November 29, 3:00 PM

Exploring White Privilege

We will watch selections from a DVD by Tim Wise, the author of numerous books including White Like Me and Reflections on Race from a Priviliged Son. Wise encourages us to engage in anti-racism activity. Are you a "white ally" in this work?
Monday, November 16, 6:30 PM

Christian Hayden Report on Journey to Ghana

EHSoP member describes his work modeled on the "Richard Kiniry School of Humanism," where spiritual practice is creating "links transforming consciousness to efforts that transform structures." He describes his accumulation of Ghanian clothes and the gender politics of gathering water.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, November 1
Manners and Morals, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Wednesday, November 4
Education Committee, 6:30 PM

Sunday, November 8
U.S. Asylum and Sanctuary: Deja vu all over again: Linda Rabben, 11 AM

Wednesday, November 11
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action, 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 12
Center City Hearing Loss Assn., 6:30 PM

Sunday, November 15
Humanist Thanksgiving, 11:00 AM

Monday, November 16
Exploring White Privilege: film, discussion, Tim Wise, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 18
EHSoP Board, 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 19
Amnesty International, 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 22
What does global warming have to do with racism?, James White, 11 AM

Wednesday, November 25
Camp Linden Committee, 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 29
Exploring Camp Linden, 11 AM
Musical Migrations Concert, 3 PM

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