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

Our February Newsletter

The February 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:

  • President Bob Bueding on Fixing Our Broken Government
  • Leader Hugh Taft-Morales on Michael Moore's Latest Film
  • Pics from Women's March, Pledge Luncheon
  • Music @ Ethical: Brahms and the Schumanns, March 26
  • New feature: Listing of some others' events in our building that are open to Ethical Society members and friends
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Introduction to Ethical Humanism: Focus on Inherent Worth

Newcomers and visitors are encouraged to attend an Introduction to Ethical Humanism. This week, Philadelphia Ethical Society member Christian Hayden will host a discussion from 7:00-8:30 PM focusing focusing a unique aspect of our alternative to traditional religion: the importance of nurturing ethical relationships. Come enjoy a relaxed 90 minutes with wine, cheese and conversation. Please RSVP to
Sunday, February 5, 7:00 PM

Music @ Ethical: Johannes Brahms and the Schumanns, A Story of Music and Love

In the mid 1800's, a powerful, tragic and altogether remarkable crossroads occurred, involving three of classical music's greatest composer-musicians. Composer-pianist Robert Schumann; his wife and stunning virtuoso pianist (and composer), Clara Wieck-Schumann; and Johannes Brahms, a mega-force in musical composition for the next half-century -- all intersected at life's youth, mid-point and end, sharing in a virtual crisis of need, love, human reactions, and poetic outpourings of music.
Tickets: $25/general, $15/members, $20/seniors, $10/students. Tickets from Fine Art Music Company, 215-803-9725.
Sunday, March 26, 3 PM. Another performance at Ivy Hall, 6331 Lancaster Ave. on March 15 at 7:30 PM.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, February 1
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Love, Paranoia and the Limits of Community in a Multiracial Society
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Wednesday, February 8
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 12
Gerontia A Dramatic Reading, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, February 15
Board of Trustees, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 19
In Search of A Wider Deeper Richer Humanism, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, February 22
Camp Linden Committee, 7 PM

Thursday, February 23
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Sunday, February 26
Reproductive Health Care and Rights Under Trump, platform, 11 AM

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