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

Also in this issue:

  • Richard Kiniry's Postponed Talk on Pope Francis
  • Member Sandy Coffey's Globetrotting Photographs
  • October 8: Talk on Cooperation Between Religious Believers and Secular Humanists
  • October 8: Library Talk on Integrity of State and Religion
  • October 18: The Moral Basis of Economics
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Ending Citizens United

2004 Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb talks about Move to Amend, a national partnership with a goal to amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court-created precedent of corporations enjoying constitutional rights that were intended solely for human beings. See more at Move to Amend.
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 PM

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, October 4, 7:00 PM

Screening: On the Other Side of the Fence

See the internationally-acclaimed documentary by local filmmaker Henry Nevison, about the 30-year-long musical collaboration between two very different Philadelphia Schools, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Germantown Friends. There will be a panel discussion after the screening of the film. The film will also be aired over WHYY-TV.
Monday, October 6, 7:00 PM

Leader Ponders EHSoP Future<

EHSoP Leader Hugh Taft-Morales asks this "community of diverse thinkers" what is Ethical Humanism's place in the world? "Then help me let the world know about us. The time is now. The place is here. The job is ours."

Celebration of 70th Anniversary of UN

EHSoP joins in U.N. Association of Philadelphia festivities at Kimmel Center, including a Forum (1:00-2:30 PM), a Concert (3:00-5:00 PM), and a Dinner at 5:30 PM.
Saturday, October 24, Varius times

New Ethical Action Committee Chair, Time

The EHSoP's important Ethical Action Committee, the EHSoP's social justice arm, has a new chair, Marta Guttenberg, and a new time, the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Waltz-Swing Party and Dinner

In a benefit for EHSoP's Camp Linden Summer Program, the St. John's College Alumni of Philadelphia join with the EHSoP for a Waltz-Swing Party and Dinner. Tickets $15 to $25 per person. For details and reservations, go to
Saturday, October 10, 6 to 10:30 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, September 30
Ending Corporate Personhood, 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 4
So Many Good Deeds, So Little Time, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, 7 PM

Monday, October 5
On the Other Side of the Fence, Screening & Discussion, 7 PM

Wednesday, October 7
Education Committee, 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 8
Common Ground b/w Secular & Religious, Rutgers University, 8:45 AM - 6 PM
Hugh Taft-Morales, talk, "Protecting the Integrity of Church and State", 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, October 10
Waltz-Swing Party & Dinner, 6-10:30 PM

Sunday, October 11
Life Sentence: One-act play, Robin Rodriguez, 11 AM

Wednesday, October 14
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, October 15
Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action, 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 16
Center City Hearing Loss Assn., 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 18
Board Meeting, 9:30 AM
HLAA Walk4-Hearing, 10 AM
A World of Refugees Hugh Taft-Morales, 11 AM

Monday, October 19
The Moral Basis of Economics, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 21
EHSoP Board, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 24
UN 70th Anniversary Celebration, Various

Sunday, October 25
Francis, the Good Guy -- But How About the Good, Richard Kiniry, Leader Emeritus, EHSoP, 11 AM

Wednesday, October 28
Camp Linden Committee, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 30
Set your clocks back 1 hour tonight!

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