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 October Newsletter

The October 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:

  • Oct 6: Conor Robinson & Humanist Service Corps
  • Oct 6 (cont'd): Hear Sam Harris on Spirituality
  • Oct 7 & 19: First Two Relationship Building Sessions
  • Upcoming Show of Janice Moore Eclipse Shadow Paintings
  • Leader Comes Out as Alt-Country Music Fan
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Seeing Home with New Eyes
Young Humanist leader Conor Robinson comes by to discuss a new project, the Humanist Service Corps, a project founded by Dale McGowen, a recent addition to the American Ethical Union staff, who founded Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). After Conor's talk, join Conor and ESHoP leader Hugh Taft-Morales and others as they walk over to the Free Library to hear Sam Harris' 7:30 PM discussion of his new book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.
Monday, October 6, 5:30 PM

Relationship Building Discussion Group
The heart of Ethical Humanism is our emphasis on nurturing healthy ethical relationships. This isn't always easy. Join ESHoP Leader Hugh Taft-Morales in an eight-session exploration of human relationships. We will use the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator as a starting point. An online version available at; it takes about an hour to complete and participants are encouraged to have taken some form of the test for the second meeting of this group. Enrollment is capped at 16. To register, contact by October 5.
Tuesday, October 7 and Sunday, October 19, 7:00-8:30 PM

Shadow Play Exhibition in Collier Room
Ethical Views newsletter layout artist Janice Moore presents a show of her paintings, inspired by what she saw years ago during a solar eclipse, when the shadows turned -- well, weird. Besides these works inspired by that 1986 eclipse, she also includes 2014 photographs that reinterpret those eerie shadows. The show runs until December 31.
Opening: Sunday, October 5, 12 to 2 PM.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, October 1
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Sunday, October 5
Platform: Humanist Spirituality, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 7:00 PM

Monday, October 6
Seeing Home with New Eyes, 5:30 PM
followed by walk to Sam Harris talk

Tuesday, October 7
Relationship Building #1, Hugh Taft-Morales, 7 PM

Wednesday, October 8
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Community Committee, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 9
CC Hearing Loss Assoc., Pat McGeever, 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 12
Platform: Engaging Young Adult Humanists, Elizabeth Collier, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, October 15
ESHoP Board , 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 19
Platform: Thinking Outside the Box, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Relationship Building #2, Hugh Taft-Morales, 7-8:30 PM

Wednesday, October 22
Camp Linden Committee , 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 23
Amnesty International, 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 26
Platform: Bring Back the Dead, David Casarett, MD, 11 AM

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