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 Philadelphians 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 Summer Newsletter

The Summer issue of our newsletter Ethical Views is now online. Read it for a 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:

  • Quick Reference Summer Calendar: June, July, August
  • Interfaith Walk of Peace and Reconciliation
  • EHSoP Leader reflects on Godless Spirituality
  • Lunchtime Discussions of Black Lives Matter
  • Rittenhouse Writer's Group
  • #RacismIsASickness Art Exhibit
  • June 3,4: Fine Art Music Company Final Concert
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Lunchtime Discussions: "Black Lives Matter"

Bring your own lunch for Wednesday lunchtime discussions on the subject of "Black Lives Matter."
Wednesdays, June 1-July 6, Noon to 1 PM

#RacismIsASickness by Tieshka Smith

A thought-provoking and dramatic art installation will grace our Collier Gallery during the month of June. Leader Hugh Taft-Morales explores the meaning/implications behind the exhibit’s title: #RacismIsASickness. As we argue about the systemic bigotry and political correctness on college campuses, how can citizens process the painful reality of racism? Tieshka Smith, visual artist and creator of the #RacismIsASickness installation, will join Hugh and will be available for discussion in the Gallery before and after our June 12 program and at a 6 PM opening.
June 2-24
Opening artist talk/reception: Saturday, June 2, 6:00 PM

2016 Reason Rally, Lincoln Memorial, D.C.

Come promote fact-driven public policy and separation of church and state, all while celebrating freethought with many diverse groups and unique individuals attending the 2016 Reason Rally on Saturday, June 4 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC! The American Ethical Union is one of many sponsoring organizations declaring that reason, science, and freedom of belief are vital to our country. There will be an advocacy day on Thursday, June 2, parties and other events. For further details visit and AEU website at
Saturday, June 4, 7:00 PM

Reading/Book signing: Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop by James Rahn

Rahn started the Rittenhouse Writers' Group 28 years ago. It June be the longest-running independent fiction workshop in America. Join him and other group members on June 1 to celebrate his powerful memoir, which also includes ten stories by past and present students. On June 9, EHSoP Leader Hugh Taft-Morales welcomes Rahn for a small group discussion about Rahn's next book and about the craft of writing. Exlusively for EHSoP members. RSVP to Wednesday, June 1; Thursday June 9, 7:00 PM

Where Goes the Supreme Court?
Kim Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania law professor

Prof. Roosevelt will explore this important moment in the Supreme Court history. The next appointment to the Court, whether by a Democratic or Republican president, will determine the future of many issues, including the equal protection clause, the legality of racial classification in affirmative action, and individual rights such as reproductive justice. Come discover how and why citizens should care deeply about this. Prof. Roosevelt will offer opening framing issues, followed by a conversation with Hugh Taft-Morales and questions from the floor.Kim Roosevelt,
Monday, June 27, 7-8:30 PM

American Ethical Union National Assembly

Attend our annual Ethical Culture national assembly in St. Louis! Our theme is our commitment through collective action to bend the arc of history toward justice. Agenda items include inspiring workshops, engaging activities with Ethical Humanists from around the country, entertaining performances, an Ethical Action Project at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, activities and workshops emphasizing growing our societies, and justice for marginalized people in America. Saturday evening will honor Millenial Activists United with the Elliott-Black Award Visit the AEU Website at to sign up and for further information. Be a part of Ethical Culture at the national level! Register today!
July 14-July 17

Music @ Ethical: Music Across Latitudes

Regular musicians Rollin Wilber, Katarzyna Marzek-Salwinski, Jonathan Moser, and Adelya Shagidullina join in a final concert juxtaposing cultures of classical music.Performance details at Fine Art Music Company.
Saturday, June 4, 8:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, June 1
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon
Rittenhouse Writers Reading, 7 PM

Thursday, June 2
#RacismIsASickness opening, 6 PM
Reason Rally Advocacy Day in DC

Saturday, June 4
Music Across Latitudes concert, 8 PM
Reason Rally, Washington, DC

Sunday, June 5
Picnic at Camp Linden, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, June 8
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon

Thursday, June 9
James Rahn Book Discussion, 7 PM

Sunday, June 12
#RacismIsASickness Sunday program, 11 AM
Worldly Wisdom: Darkness at Noon 7 PM

Wednesday, June 15
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon

Sunday, June 19
Ethical Page Turners, Terry Martin-Murley, 11 AM

Wednesday, June 22
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon

Sunday, June 26
God Sent Me: A Textbook Case on Evolution, Jeff Selman, 11 AM

Monday, June 27
Where Goes the Supreme Court? K. Roosevelt, 7 PM

Wednesday, June 29
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon

Sunday, July 3
NO SUNDAY PROGRAM - Happy 4th of July

Wednesday, July 6
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon

Sunday, July 10
Warmth of the Other Suns, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM

July 14-July 17
AEU 101st Annual Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri

Sunday, July 17
Colloquy: Solitude, 11 AM

Sunday, July 24
Importance of the AEU and 2016 Assembly, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM

Sunday, July 31
The Story of Abraham and His Family, Ken Greiff, 11 AM

Sunday, August 7
Inequality from Piketty to Philly, Pat McGeever, 11 AM

Sunday, August 14
Colloquy: Change, John Marshall, 11 AM

Sunday, August 21
How Lucretia Mott Helped Change History, Eric Clausen, 11 AM

Sunday, August 28
A Year in Ghana, Christian Hayden, 11 AM

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