Ethical Culture

Ethical Culture is a Humanist movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of our lives is to create a more humane society. We believe acting morally does not require belief in a god.

Members: 173
Latest Activity: Oct 7, 2016

Member Societies


The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley
18980 Lynbrook Court, Saratoga CA 95070-3427


Washington Ethical Society
7750 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20012


Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie IL 60077


Boston Ethical Society
33 Garden St., Cambridge MA 02138-2408


Baltimore Ethical Society
306 West Franklin Street Suite 102, Baltimore MD 21201


Ethical Society Mid Rivers
260 Brown Road, St. Peters MO 63376

Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis MO 63117-1003


Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle
300 E. Main Street P.O.Box 3132, Chapel Hill NC 27515

The Ethical Society of Asheville
c/o 11 Woodmere Drive, Arden NC 28704-3203


Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County
687 Larch Avenue, Teaneck NJ 07666

Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood NJ 07040


Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn NY 11215

Ethical Culture Society of Suffolk
P.O. Box 134, Commack NY 11725

Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains NY 10605

Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island
38 Old Country Road, Garden City NY 11530

Ethical Society of Northern Westchester
108 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining NY 10562

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, New York NY 10023

Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Road, Bronx NY 10471

The Ethical Culture Society of Rockland County
8 Amber Ridge Road, Chestnut Ridge NY 10977-6700

The Ethical Humanist Society of Queens
73-12 35th Ve.' Apt. D55, Jackson Heights NY 11372-4218


Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA 19103


Ethical Society of Austin
3898 Old Bull Creek Rd PO Box 160492, Austin TX 78716


Northern Virginia Ethical Society
P.O. Box 984, Vienna VA 22183


Ethical Culture Society of Puget Sound
Tallmadge Hamilton House 5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98105


The Ethical Society Without Walls
2 West 64th Street, New York NY 10023

Discussion Forum

The Teachings of Ethical Culture

Started by Dave Salyers. Last reply by Dave Salyers Oct 18, 2013. 2 Replies

What's your moral code?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Anthony Jordan Apr 19, 2013. 16 Replies

The Ethical Atheist’s Ten Commandments.

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Jan 23, 2013. 6 Replies

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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on December 15, 2010 at 10:05am

author of Born on the Fourth of July

A Letter from Ron Kovic to Young Veterans and GI's
Sunday, December 12th, 2010
By: Ron Kovic
"Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars"

"Those of us lucky enough to have survived combat yearn for life now, for beauty, for all that is decent and good, for in war we saw the worst in the human being. We saw poverty and death, killing and savagery, the darkest sides of the human soul, the most hated parts of our humanity."

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on December 1, 2010 at 12:36pm
U.K. probes claims Islamic schools teaching anti-Semitism, extreme punishments
London — Reuters
Published Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 8:44AM EST

Britain's education department is to look at how it can check Islamic weekend schools after the BBC reported it had uncovered more than 40 of them teaching anti-Semitic views and extreme punishment for sodomy and theft.

The BBC said its "Panorama" program, which will air on Monday evening, had found a network of weekend Islamic schools in Britain were teaching children how to chop off the hands of thieves, that Zionists are trying to take over the world and that sodomy is punishable by death.

Currently the government does not regulate weekend, part-time teaching centres.

The Department for Education said it could not allow anti-Semitic material in English schools and that the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted), which inspects schools, was looking into how to monitor the part-time centres. ...

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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 28, 2010 at 11:53am
Why Religious Believers Are So Desperate for the Atheist Seal of Approval

Many religious believers are intent on getting atheists' approval for their beliefs. If you're hoping for that -- don't hold your breath.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 10, 2010 at 3:40pm
Don't Miss Our First Humanist TV Ad this Friday!
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 7, 2010 at 9:41am
Pope urges Spain to shun secularism
By the CNN Wire Staff
November 7, 2010
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 28, 2010 at 8:31am
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 16, 2010 at 12:08pm
Sorry for the request for a citation. I didn't mean to be snotty about it.

I do not have a problem with anecdotal evidence. I even think it's valuable for a deeper understanding of issues and the wider culture we thrive in (or try to thrive in).

The reason I would like to see some studies and stats, is because I think the numbers might be useful when arguing with or about dominionists. I would welcome some proof that they are indeed a small minority of Christians. From experience, I think a lot of Christians are disgusted with them, and not to mention Fred Phelps and his ilk. It would be nice to prove to folks who want to turn the US government into a theocracy that they are a tiny fringe minority among Christians. Also, my other motive, I think they get far more attention then they deserve.

I hope all the tea party types get elected by Repugnicans in the primaries. That way they will lose.

-- Gary
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 16, 2010 at 11:58am
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (it's on the web) has a president (or whatever the head honcho is called) is a Prysbyterian Minister and humanist in orientation. Thomas Jefferson had an exchange of letters with a Baptist Church of (as I recall) Danbury, Conn. Also, not hard to find on the web. It was the Baptists at the time who campaigned vigorously for separation of church and state.

The reason for my post was to stress that we can work together on common goals and values and be part of a sharing community of social concerns.

-- Gary

-- Gary
Comment by James Smith on September 15, 2010 at 5:58pm
Gary, I don't have an actual citation for my statement. But I have read on other web sites and in personal discussions with believers that they would prefer a secular society with no interference with religious practices nor any favoritism, either. they believe that would provide them with a wider latitude for their activities and less criticism. I have to agree.

On the other hand, the evidence of a larger group that attempts to enact their beliefs into law is obvious and long-standing. I doubt any citations for that should be necessary. when a mountain is falling on you, nothing more is required that to yell, "Look out!"
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 15, 2010 at 2:10pm
Here is a concept for liberal free thinkers.
This is organization is in rural a county in California, USA. I've found that most activists are not divided by God belief. In fact in my experience, the subject almost never comes up. The topic at hand is getting liberals and progressives to vote; electing progressives to office; equal access to universal health care; fair and living wages; equality of justice; economic justice; ending racism, sexism and homophobia; putting a stop to unnecessary US Military intervention, etc. ...
-- Gary


Realizing that our shared commitment to human rights, religious freedom, and peace and social justice, significantly outweighs our differences; we the undersigned, comprised of both secular and religious progressives, declare an alliance between progressive, rational-minded people regardless of one’s spiritual, religious, or secular perspective.

While our beliefs about the existence of God may differ, progressive Americans share a common tradition of humanism dating back to at least the Renaissance. Many spiritual and religious thinkers have significantly contributed to the advancement of doubt, free thinking, and the sciences, laying the ground work for the Enlightenment and modernity. There is no "cultural war" dividing us.

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