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 February Newsletter

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

  • Leader Hugh on Economics, AEU
  • The Society's Kiva Account
  • Member's Thoughts on Humanist Practice in Ghana
  • Member's Rebuttal of Conservative Health Care Views
  • One-Act Playwriting Contest Begins
  • Gear Up for Annual Service Auction
  • Music @ Ethical Schedule
  • Feb. 8: The Paradox of Consumer Choice
  • Feb. 21: Darwin Day Party
  • Feb. 23: Field Trip to Racism is a Sickness
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

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, February 7, 1:00 PM (Note: New Time)

Music @ Ethical: A Russian Salon

A recital with pianists Rollin Wilber and Kasia Salwinski, with accompaning mezzo-soprano Tatyana Rashkovsky, in works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Medtner, Alexander Scriabin and others, plus poetry. Performance details at Fine Art Music Company.
Saturday, February 6, 8:00 PM (@ Ivy Hall)
Sunday, February 7, 3:00 PM (@ EHSoP)
And announcing:
In Recital: Violin, Piano & Saxophone with compositions by international composers.
Sunday, February 21, 3:00 PM (@ Ivy Hall)
Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 PM (@ EHSoP)

One-Act Playwriting Contest

It's time for the annual contest, open to playwrights on the Eastern Seaboard, with plays 25-35 minutes in length with 2-4 characters. One winner and two runners-up will be selected by a committee of EHSoP members. Winner receives $100 and a professional, rehearsed reading at one of the Society's Sunday platforms in 2016-17. Runners-up get $50 and an in-house reading. Submissions begin March 2 and close May 2. Questions should be addressed to
Deadline: May 2, 2016

Capitalism in Crisis

A series of ethical explorations of economics, co-sponsored by the Temple University Fox School of Businesss, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and EHSoP. The first event features Prof. Barry Schwartz, discussing "The Paradox of Consumer Choice." Does the over-abundance of choice distract us from those things we truly value? What are the effects of our advertising-saturated culture? Q&A to follow.
Meanwhile, the February Ethical Views contains suggested readings for this series:
  • Member Harry Thorn's customer review of Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, a conservative critique of the Affordable Care Act.
  • an American Ethical Union discussion of problems with the TPP trade act
  • another AEU report containing criticism of all our trade agreements
Future evenings will cover topics including "Economics and the Environment," "Urban Planning and Ethical Economies," and "Poverty, Race and other Structural Roadblocks to Business Success."
Monday, February 8, 7:00 PM

Come Celebrate Darwin Day

In honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin, gather for a potluck party for adults with an evolution-themed sing-along, games, costumes, and good cheer! Prizes to the top three costumes. See newletter for potluck instructions. Bring your own drinks. RSVP to Betsy Lightbourn at
Sunday, February 21, 6:00-8:30 PM

Field Trip, Discussion: Racism is a Sickness

Join leader Hugh Taft-Morales in visiting Racism is a Sickness, a photo and word installation by Tieshka Smith at the Art Church of West Philadelphia. Participate in a discussion touching on "white identity" with activist Myles Dinnen. Those interested can grab a light dinner at the end of the event. RSVP to Hugh at Limit of ten people.

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, February 3
Education Committee, 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 7
Throwaway Culture: The Excess of Consumerism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, 1 PM
Music @ Ethical: A Russian Salon, 3 PM

Monday, February 8
Capitalism in Crisis, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 10
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action, 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 11
Center City Hearing Loss Assn., 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 14
A Jew in the Muslim World, Jacob Bender, 11 AM

Wednesday, February 17
EHSoP Board of Trustees, 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 21
The Press, Lies, and Politics, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Darwin Day Party, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 23
Racism is a Sickness, Trip/Discussion, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 24
Camp Linden Committee, 7:00 PM
Music @ Ethical In Recital, 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 25
Amnesty International, Ron Coburn, 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 28
The Web We Weave, Bishop Dwayne Royster, 11:00 AM

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