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

Last minute change in May 22 Sunday Platform topic: new presenter is Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Fisher, subject: On Being a Poet of Place (see below & Sunday Platforms page).
EHSoP's May Newsletter

The May 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:

  • President Nick Sanders on future of our Society
  • Ethical Action: Anti-Racism and "Dog-Whistles"
  • 2016 Service Auction Underway
  • EHSoP at Democracy Spring march
  • May 21: Music @ Ethical: World Class Pianist, Kasia's Teacher
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This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red

Lunchtime Discussions: "Black Lives Matter"

Bring your own lunch for Wednesday lunchtime discussions on the subject of "Black Lives Matter."
Wednesdays, Noon to 1 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, May 1, 7:00 PM

Capitalism in Crisis: The Environment and Economics

Next in a series of ethical explorations of economics, Jamie Gauthier, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Philadlephia, tells how local businesses can become financially sound contributors to their communities and the environment.
Monday, May 2, 7:00 PM

2016 Members Meeting

The EHSoP takes care of business, electing officers and board members, and voting on governance changes, at a meeting following the Sunday platform.
Sunday, May 15, 12:45 PM

The Magic of Science: Collision of the Sacred and the Secular

The Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society and the EHSoP present a guided discussion which discusses the human attraction to superstition and "magical thinking." Before we can act more consistently rationally, we need to recognize our irrationality -- especially our propensity for magical thinking.
Monday, May 16, 7:00 PM

Music @ Ethical: In Recital: Pawel Checinski

World-renowned pianist Pawel Checinski, known as a highly original interpreter of the music of Chopin, and the teacher of EHSoP's own pianist, Kasia Marzec-Salwinski, presents a recital of the music of Debussy, Chopin, Liszt, and Granados. Coming up: the Fine Art Music Company's final concert of the season on June 4 will have the theme Music Across Latitudes. Performance details at Fine Art Music Company.
Saturday, May 21, 8:00 PM

Annual Service Auction

From Uptown Theater Tours to Cocktail Parties to Boat Rides -- it's time for EHSoP's annual service auction. Members offer an event for a particular price, other members can make a bid on the event. Sing-along! Boat Rides! Museums! Plan your social season and help the EHSoP! See the display and sign up sheets in the Assembly Room, or contact Sally Redlener at

Reading/Book signing: Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop by James Rahn

Rahn started the Rittenhouse Writers' Group 28 years ago. It may be the longest-running independent fiction workshop in America. Join him and other group members to celebrate his powerful memoir, which also includes ten stories by past and present students. Read more about it at
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Sunday, May 1
The Fragility of Goodness, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
Intro to Ethical Humanism, 7:00 PM

Monday, May 2
Capitalism in Crisis: The Environment and Economics, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 4
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon
Meeting, Education Committee, 6:30 PM

Sunday, May 8
Good Without a God, Maggie Ardiente, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, May 11
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon Meetings: Finance Committee, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, 6:30 PM

Sunday, May 15
What Ethical Culture Means to Me, Hugh Taft-Morales, 11:00 AM
2016 Members Meeting, 12:45 PM

Monday, May 16
The Magic of Science: Co-hosted by EHSoP and Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 18
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon
Meeting, EHSoP Board of Trustees, 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 21
Music @ Ethical Recital, Pavel Checinski, 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 22
On Being a Poet of Place, Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia Poet Laureate, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, May 25
Black Lives Matter Discussion, Noon
Meeting, Camp Linden Committee, 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 26
Amnesty International Meeting, 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 29
Toward a Humanist Memorial Day, facilitated by Pat McGeever, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, June 1
Rittenhouse Writers Workshop & Book Signing, 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 4
Music @ Ethical Music Across Latitudes, 8:00 PM

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