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 March Newsletter

The March 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:

  • Leader Hugh Taft-Morales on singing together
  • President Bob Bueding on an ethical humanist impact on the health of our country
  • Editor Steve Bremner on editorials
  • A photo gallery of our recent and distant past
  • A Unitarian-Universalist minister's insight about finding common ground
Click here to download this newsletter.
(Adobe Acrobat Reader required).

This Month's Highlights
Recent Changes marked in red


The PES Confronting Racism Task Force presents a screening of the documentary "13th." POWER member congregations have been urged to show Ava DuVernay's powerful documentary "13th" as a tool to more fully understand the evolution of the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, which abolished slavery yet perpetuated its legacy through the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States.
There will be a post-film discussion.
Sunday, March 5, 2:00 PM

Edmund Burke's Relevance to Today - A Discussion with H.G. Callaway

Since the presidential election of 2016 has torn up our map of U.S. political alignment, what can we learn from statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke (1730-1797)? Contemporary analysts turn to Burke for wisdom because he defies obvious political boxes - he advocated for the rights of the colonial subjects of the British Empire but harshly condemned French revolutionaries. Hugh Taft-Morales will lead a discussion with Burke scholar H. G. Callaway and moderate discussion with the audience. Free and open to the public.
Monday, March 6, 7:00 PM

Black Lives Matter: Potluck and Discussion

The Confronting Racism Task Force invites all PES members to its second potluck and discussion of Black Lives Matter and white privilege. This event will take place in the Center City home of a member--not at the Ethical Society
For more information, or to confirm your attendance, please contact Sylvia at 215-423-9375
Friday, March 17, 6:30 PM

Lawrence Krauss at the Philadelphia Ethical Society

Come join other area humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers to hear Lawrence Krauss discuss his new book, The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Krauss will explore our current understanding of nature and the struggle to construct the greatest theoretical edifice ever assembled, the Standard Model of Particle Physics. How can we best understand its implications for our existence?
Seating is limited. Select from multiple ticket options including VIP Full Party Pass which includes a pre-lecture reception with the author: here.
Co-hosted by the Freethought Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Society.
Monday, March 20, 7:00 PM

Johannes Brahms and the Schumanns - A Story of Music and Love

A deep love and respect existed between these three 19th - century musical giants, Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, from youth through to the tragedy of Robert Schumann's mental breakdown. The program contains works by each.
Tickets: $25/general; $15/members; $20/seniors; $10/ students Fine Art Music Company.
Information: 215-803-9725 or info@Fine Art Music Company.
Sunday, March 26, 3:00 PM

Dates to remember
Recent Changes marked in red

Wednesday, March 1
Education Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, March 5
Fragility and Resilience, platform 11 AM
13th, screening 2 PM Introduction to Ethical Humanism, class/social 7 PM

Monday, March 6
Edmund Burke's Relevance to Today, special event, 7 PM

Wednesday, March 8
Finance Committee, meeting, 5:30 PM
Ethical Action Committee, meeting, 6:30 PM

Sunday, March 12
Helping Neighbors South of the Border, platform, 11 AM Daylight Savings Time started

Wednesday, March 15
Board of Trustees, meeting, 6:30 PM

Friday, March 17
Confronting Racism potluck, class/social at member's home, 6:30-9 PM

Sunday, March 19
Spring Festival, celebration, 11 AM

Monday, March 20
Lawrence Krauss at PES, special event, tickets required, 7 PM

Wednesday, March 22
Camp Linden Committee, meeting, 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 23
Amnesty International Chapter, meeting, 7 PM

Sunday, March 26
Paying the Price, platform, 11 AM

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