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 Summer Newsletter

The Summer issue of our newsletter Ethical Views is now online. Read it for a brief description of our schedule of Summer Sunday 10 AM meetings and other activities. Note: Previous Ethical Views are available on the Library/Newsletters page.

Also in this issue:

  • Hugh Taft-Morales on Rebuilding the Inner City
  • ESHOP and POWER meet with State Rep. Brian Sims
  • A Thank-you to our Welcomers and Coffee-Hour Coordinators
  • Concerts on the Square: In Concert with Nature
  • Philadelphia Coalition of Reason Summer Picnic
  • Author Talk: Kermit Roosevelt
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

AEU Statement on Baltimore Unrest

Here's a link to the joint statement on recent events in Baltimore by the American Ethical Union, the Baltimore Ethical Society (Our leader Hugh Taft-Morales doubles as leader at the BES), the American Humanist Association and other groups. From the text: "The crisis in Baltimore will continue long after the news media has moved on to other tragedies. [We...] are committed to improving criminal justice and strengthening our economy so that everyone is treated with inherent worth." The link is paired with Taft-Morales' account of people working together on programs focusing on race and disempowerment in the inner city.

Music at the Ethical: In Concert with Nature

Our series of concerts, jointly presented by EHSoP and the Fine Art Music Company, continue with a concert featuring "Musical Inspirations from Our Natural World," including Debussy, Casals, Brahms, Saint-Saens, and Dvorak. The concert is Sunday afteroon, with general admission tickets $25, $15 for students and seniors. There will be a preview concert at 7:30 PM Saturday June 13 at the International Institute of Culture; tickets are $25.
Sunday, June 14, 3:00 PM

American Ethical Union Assembly

The 100th AEU assembly will be held in Stamford, Connecticut. This year's them is "Creating a Sustainable Future: Ethics and Advocacy." Register here.
Thursday, June 25 - Sunday, June 28

Philadelphia Coalition of Reason Unity Picnic

Welcome to all Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, Freethinkers, Rationalists, Skeptics, etc. Come to the 9th annual picnic at the Militia Hill Pavilion at Fort Washington State Park. Please RSVP $10 minimum donation. Please bring a side-dish. The event is Kid-Friendly.
Sunday, July 26, 1-5 PM

Author Talk: Kermit Roosevelt

Come for a sneak preview into Kermit Roosevelt’s newest book, Allegiance: A Novel. Due out August 25, it is described by Amazon as “a sophisticated legal thriller that plunges readers into the debate within the U.S. government surrounding the imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.” Roosevelt is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, July 2, 7 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, May 27
Camp Linden Committee, 6:45 PM

Thursday, May 28
Amnesty International, Ron Coburn, 7 PM
Ethical Ministry: Autobiographical Lessons, Hu

Sunday, May 31
Ethical Ministry: Autobiographical Lessons, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Annual Membership Meeting, 12:30 PM
Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat, Paul Halpern, 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 7
Depart for Camp linden Picnic, Leonard Weeks, 11 AM

Tuesday, June 9
HLAA Tour of the Art Museum, Pat McGeever, 1:30 PM

Sunday, June 14
Yoga and Breath, Hugh Taft-Morales, 10 AM

Sunday, June 21
Ethical Page Turners, Betsy Lightbourn, 10 AM

June 25-28
AEU Assembly, Stamford, CT

Sunday, June 28
Tai-Chi, Lelah Marie, 10 AM

Thursday, July 2
Allegiance: A Novel, Kermit Roosevelt, 7 PM

Sunday, July 5
Accomodating Faith w/o Getting Stuck, Lyle Murley, 10 AM

Sunday, July 12
Sustainable Ethical Culture, Hugh Taft-Morales, 10 AM

Sunday, July 19
The War on Women, Sylvia Metzler, 10 AM

Sunday, July 26
Feeling Good about Doing Good, Hugh Taft-Morales, 10 AM
Unity Picnic, Philadelphia Coalition of Reason, 1-5 PM

Sunday, August 2
Bringing Out the Better, Scott Pleune, 10 AM

Sunday, August 9
The Sermon on the Mount, Ken Greiff, 10 AM

Sunday, August 16
YARD SALE, a one-act play, Melissa McBain, 10 AM

Sunday, August 23
Colloquy, TBA, Temma Fishman, 10 AM

Sunday, August 30
The Road to Character, David Brooks, Hugh Taft-Morales, 10 AM

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