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

Music at Ethical: Concerts on the Square

"Music Speaks for the Marginalized" is the theme as Music at Ethical returns. Third in the series is Oppression and Transcendence: Sounds of Reaction. The concert features the entire String Quartet by Samuel Barber and the Piano Quartet by Robert Schumann. The background stories of the music is shared. Detail on the entire series is available at
Sunday, March 1, 3 PM

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 programs and other activities. Note: Previous Ethical Views are available on the Library/Newsletters page.

Also in this issue:

  • Leader's Column: Imagination and Sunday Morning Sharing
  • Two-part Darwin Day/Valentine Party
  • Kate Esposito on event marking police killings in city
  • Bioethics Without God series begins February 2
  • Art Exhibit Opening February 15, Works by Bhavisha Patel
Click here to download this newsletter.
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This Month's Highlights

Darwin Day Party: Part One

Find the LOVE in EVOLution! A Saturday night party to celebrate Darwin and Valentine's Day. Sing-along songs and a mating dance, game show, and a video on animal mating techniques -- with guest appearance by Hugo, the elusive Rittenhouse Square gorilla. Dress in bright colors to attract a mate. $10 if you bring a dish, $15 if you just bring yourself.
Saturday, February 14, 7:00 PM

Darwin Day Party: Part Two

Come celebrate Darwin with your children! Fun evolution-focused activies include a short National Geographic film on the Birds of Paradise and an accompanying game, plus Darwin Day songs and a rumored appearance by Gorilla Hugo. Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite animal. Please RSVP to, with number of kids and adults who plan to attend as well as the ages of the children.
Sunday, February 15, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

ESHoP at Vigil of Remembrance

Members participated in a December event noting the locations where 17 men were killed in Southwest Philadelphia in 2014. The memorial was sponsored by City Lights in Southwest Philadelphia, ESHoP, and various faith orgnizations. The theme was to declare that life, all life, and specifically Black male life, matters. "There is something sacred about these places, to know that lives ended there needlessly and violently," writes ESHoP's Kate Esposito.

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 1, 4:00 PM [Note new time]

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, February 1
Platform: Tao of Ethical Humanism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, Hugh Taft-Morales, 4 PM

Monday, February 2
Godless Bioethics, Hugh Taft-Morales, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, February 4
Education Committee , 6:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 7:45 PM

Sunday, February 8
Platform: How to Win Debates with Creationists, Faye Flam, 11 AM

Wednesday, February 11
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Community Committee, 7 PM

Thursday, February 12
CC Hearing Loss Assoc., Pat McGeever, 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 14
Party: Darwin Day Party #1 (adults), 7 PM

Sunday, February 15
Platform: Animals Ethics & Empathy, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Art Opening: Bhavisha Patel, 12:30 PM
Party: Darwin Day Party #2 (kids & adults), 2 PM

Wednesday, February 18
ESHoP Board , 6:45 PM

Sunday, February 22
Platform, MLK, James Baldwin, White Supremacy, Anthony Monteiro, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, February 25
Camp Linden Committee, 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 26
Amnesty International, Ron Coburn, 7 PM

Sunday, March 1
Music@Ethical, Rollin Wilber, 3:00 PM

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