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 for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

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 December Newsletter

The December issue of our newsletter Ethical Views is now online. Read it for a brief description of our schedule of Sunday 11 AM programs and other activities. Note: Previous Ethical Views are available on the Library/Newsletters page.

Also in this issue:

  • Center for Inquiry's Ron Lindsy on The Necessity of Secularism
  • UN Association & Global Philadelphia on Human Rights and Press Freedom
  • Music at Ethical Programs for November, January, March, April
  • Upcoming in January: Pledge Drive Luncheon
  • Hugh Taft-Morales miscellany: Philadelphia's congregational home for humanism
  • ESHoP's Christian Hayden on mentoring
  • Screening & Discussion on Pay 2 Play
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This Month's Highlights

Winter Solstice Platform

ESHoP's traditional celebration of the warm community feeling that makes the the cold of winter more bearable! Words of wisdom, music, and candles will kindle hope and inspiration. Please speak to Hugh if you would be willing to do a reading or play some music. And stick around for our Humanlight Celebration following. (See below.)
Sunday, December 21, 11 AM

Humanlight Celebration

After the Sunday Winter Solstice Platform, ESHoP hosts a family-friendly luncheon for ESHoP and the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia (HAGP), catered by popular neighborhood restaurant Day by Day. $20 tickets are required, children 14 and under are free! There will be music and entertainment for young and old. Started in 2001 by the New Jersey Humanist Network. To learn more about that group, check out Purchase tickets by emailing Hugh and sending a check for $20 with "Humanlight" in the office by December 7. Space is limited.
Sunday, December 21, 2:00 PM


Come help decorate the Tree of Knowledge, a joint event of ESHoP and the Freethought Society celebrating, openness, freedom of conscience, and knowledge. Bring TWO color copies of any book cover you want to contribute and we'll try to laminate them for placement on the tree.
Sunday, December 7, approx 12:15 PM

The Most Important 90 Minutes of our Program Year

Save the date to hear what the EHSoP has been doing and where we hope to go. Come for fun, celebration and a a renewal of our dedication to humanism.
Sunday, January 18, 12:30 PM

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, December 7, 7:00 PM

Shadow Play Exhibition
A show of pastel paintings and photographs by Ethical Views newsletter layout artist Janice Moore continues until December 31 in the Collier Room.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, November 30
Platform: Once More Into the Breach: The War on ISIS, Arnold Fishman, 11 AM
An Ethical Concert, Rollin Wilbur, 3 PM

Wednesday, December 3
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Sunday, December 7
Platform: Great Awakenings, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Tree of Knowledge Decorating Party, 12:15 PM
Pay 2 Play Screening, Public Citizen, 1:30 PM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 7 PM

Monday, December 8
The Necessity of Secularism, Ron Lindsay, Center for Inquiry, 7 PM

Tuesday, December 9
Relationship-Building Group Hugh Taft-Morales, 7 PM

Wednesday, Deember 10
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Human Rights & Press Freedom, 6 PM Community Committee, 7 PM

Thursday, December 11
CC Hearing Loss Assoc., Pat McGeever, 6:30 PM
Worldly Wisdom, 7 PM

Sunday, December 14
Platform: Untold PA Indian History, Jim Remsen, 11 AM

Wednesday, December 17
ESHoP Board , 6:30 PM

Saturday, December 20
Relationship-Building Group, Hugh Taft-Morales, 2 PM

Sunday, December 21
Winter Solstice Platform, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Humanlight Celebration, EHSoP, HAGP, 2:00 PM

Sunday, December 28

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