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 October Newsletter

The October 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.

Also in this issue:

  • A report on building improvements and more from our new Society President, Bob Bueding
  • Leader Hugh on how to juggle many responsibilities by keeping an eye on the big picture
  • Society member Sylvia Metzler on a wound in human history
  • Photos and stuff from our 2016 Peace Day Philly
Click here to download this newsletter.
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Capitalism in Crisis: John Gerzema - Think Like a Woman. Improve the World.

In the sixth in our 2016 Ethics on the Square offerings, Leader Hugh Taft- Morales hosts John Gerzema, strategist, speaker, consultant, and author of bestselling and highly praised works, who thinks that the world would be a better place if men thought more like women. That was the opinion given by two-thirds of the 64,000 people surveyed by Gerzema in 2012, as part of a research project that became The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the World. Presentation, discussion and questions from the floor. Free and open to the public.
Monday, October 3, 7:00 PM

American Media - A Critical Review

This meetup will review how the media functions to facilitate the overall objective of delivering objective understanding about the issues germane to building a better society.

RSVP at the Philadelphia Ethical Society Meetup page where you will find more information and links to related readings and videos.
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 PM

You Cannot Fix What You Cannot Face Last Meals

PES member Christian Hayden is curating You Cannot Fix What You Cannot Face, a series of events which will explore social justice through ritual, art, and conversation. The first in the series of events will be Last Meals, a conceptual pop-up dinner combining human rights issues with communal dining. Conversations will be facilitated by professionals. politicians, and organizers, all working towards ending mass incarceration, as well as life without parole sentences in Pennsylvania. Chef Claire of Cooking with Claire Phelan, based in Old City, Philadelphia, will re-create the last meals of presumably innocent inmates. Tickets are $15. Use this link to purchase:
Thursday, October 20, 6:30-9:00 PM

Laughing Liberally: An Evening of Political Comedy

Scott Blakeman, "an astute, funny political observer who loosed his darts in a tone that remained suave and smilingly ironic," according to the New York Times, with special guest Simon Cadel, a 16-year old star of the Family Channel's Raising Expections. Tickets are $20 and are available online at
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, October 2
Transgender Progress, platform, 11 AM
Introduction to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Monday, October 3
Capitalism in Crisis: Think Like a Woman, Improve the World, 7 PM

Tuesday, October 4
American Media - A Critical Review, Meetup, 7 PM

Wednesday, October 5
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 9
Cheney's Epiphany, platform, 11 AM

Wednesday, October 12
Finance Committee, meeting, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 16
Be Honest with Death, platform, 11 AM

Wednesday, October 19
Board of Trustees, meeting, 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 20
Last Meals, presentation, dinner, discussion, 7 PM

Sunday, October 23
Gender and the 2016 Election, platform, 11 AM

Wednesday, October 26
Camp Linden Committee, meeting, 7 PM

Thursday, October 27
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Sunday, October 30
Why is the U.S. in Bed with Saudi Arabia ...?, platform, 11 AM

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