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 January Newsletter

The January 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.
Additional Note: There is no platform on January 1.

Also in this issue:

  • Leader Hugh Taft-Morales on Gratitude for Caregivers
  • Ethical Action Co-Chair Kate Esposito Lobbies in DC
  • Temma Fishman on How She Needs PES More Than Ever
  • President Bob Bueding on New Year challenges and opportunities
  • Report on World AIDS Day program at PES
  • Tree of Knowledge and Making Cards for MANNA
  • PES member Christian Hayden on Confronting Racism
  • Members' Pledge Luncheon, January 22
  • Music @ Ethical: the Culture of 20th Century Russia
  • Is America Possible?, co-sponsored with Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society
  • 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

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, January 8, 7:00 PM

Is America Possible?

A discussion of ideas contained in a program by Vincent Harding. Listen to it at "". Can America respond to recent surges of intolerance and bigotry? RSVP via the PES Meetup page, "".
Monday, January 23, 7 PM.

Blacklisting Movies

Salt of the Earth, a film made by blacklisted Hollywood film professionals and banned from American theatres when it was released in 1954. Also, a 15-minute documentary about the "Hollywood Ten," who served prison sentences for standing up to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Admission: $5, free admission to 8PM screening for students with ID. Proceeds go to the Camp Linden Summer Camp Program.
Sunday, January 29, 4 PM, 6 PM, 8 PM

Music @ Ethical: A Russian Soiree, with a Touch of Mysticism

Music and poetry expressing artists' loves, despair and struggles, as played out in 20th century Russian lives -- and continuing today. Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Schnittke, Prokofiev, Arno Part, and Shoshtakovich. Tickets: $25/general, $15/members, $20/seniors, $10/students. Tickets from Fine Art Music Company, 215-803-9725.
Sunday, January 22, 3 PM. Another prformance at Ivy Hall, 6331 Lancaster Ave. on January 21 at 7:30 PM.

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, January 1, 2017
No platform

Wednesday, January 4
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, January 8
Memorial Sunday, platform 11 AM
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, class/social 7 PM

Wednesday, January 11
Finance Committee, meeting, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, January 15
Confronting Racism Task Force meeting, 9:30 AM
Criminal Injustice in the Age of Trump, platform, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, January 18
Board of Trustees, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, January 22
The Oath of Office and the Light of Inspiration platform, 11 AM
Members Pledge Luncheon, 12 PM
Music @ Ethical: A Russian Soiree, 3 PM

Monday, January 23
Is America Possible?, discussion, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25
Camp Linden Committee, 7 PM

Thursday, January 26
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Friday, January 27
Black Lives Matter Dinner/Discussion at Member's Home, 7 PM

Sunday, January 29
How Scandinavians Challenge Us with an Ethic of Equality and Freedom, platform, 11 AM
Blacklisted Movie: Salt of the Earth, 4 PM, 6 PM, 8 PM

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