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 September 6, 2010 at 10:22am
James Smith said, "Many religious people think that a secular society is a good thing, because it offers freedom of choice to everybody." And many more religious people do not want freedom of choice but to impose their beliefs upon everyone.

Do you have a citation for this? Polling statistics?

Comment by James Smith on September 5, 2010 at 8:45am
"Many religious people think that a secular society is a good thing, because it offers freedom of choice to everybody." And many more religious people do not want freedom of choice but to impose their beliefs upon everyone. Therein lies the problem with religion. If they were content to use facts and logic to persuade others to their cause, there would be no conflict. Perhaps it's because they have no facts and logic?
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 5, 2010 at 8:37am
Secular Believers
The film Secular Believers provides an example of how secular beliefs can be included in a religious education syllabus.
It was made for the UK education system and its message is that beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as ‘religious’.
"Many religious people think that a secular society is a good thing, because it offers freedom of choice to everybody."
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 28, 2010 at 10:21pm
War and critical thinking... a British perspective

For my Humanist comrades,

I've always thought that Humanism should be concerned (and involved) with social justice and peace issues as well. War is human destruction, and extremely wasteful of economic resources that could be better spent shoring up the social contract -- the economic safety net, health and education.

This article just about fits on one or two pages. Yet it gives in succinct details and raises questions about who is effected by war and why it's allowed to happen in a democracy. Given the necessary priorities of productivity and a secure society, war should be one of the top humanist concerns. However important reason and critical free thought are, I sometimes think, at least here in the USA, where we feel beleaguered with irrational religious faith exploited to fuel right wing agendas, that we spend too much time on the subject of religion and irrationality. This article is from a British perspective. A much more skeptical society. War is very rarely a rational choice. The condition of humanity is paramount.

Why war? from Britain.

Our Weird and Wanton Wars

Saturday 28 August 2010

by: Jim McCluskey, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Many citizens in Britain are puzzled. Why do we always seem to be at war? How can this come about? What does it mean? At the same time, we seem to think of ourselves as a peaceful nation. In seeking answers, let us list a few notable characteristics of our current wars.

MORE on line:
Comment by Ralph Dumain on August 11, 2010 at 5:09pm
His father was a Reform rabbi.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 11, 2010 at 12:59pm
I have a hunch that Dr. Felix Adler and the Ethical Culture Society of New York evolved out of Reformed Judiasm? Would that be historically correct?
By the way, the historians Will and Ariel Durant had been members, and Will Durant, a lecturer at the New York Ethical Society.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 7, 2010 at 8:34pm
more bomb Iran threatening news

Obama is Preparing To Bomb Iran

...US And Israeli Warships Mobilized

The US has recently deployed a second aircraft carrier battle group to waters near Iran. A large number of US warships, by some accounts 11 vessels, passed through the Suez Canal heading east towards the Gulf at the end of June. This was evidently the expanded battle group around the attack carrier USS Truman. An Israeli report says: 'International agreements require Egypt to keep the Suez open even for warships, but the armada, led by the USS Truman with 5,000 sailors and marines, was the largest in years. Egypt closed the canal to fishing and other boats as the armada moved through the strategic passageway that connects the Red and Mediterranean Seas.' 60 Some reports stated that an Israeli ship was part of the armada.

There are also reports that the Israeli Navy is expanding its operations into the Gulf: 'Several defense websites have reported that Israel is deploying one to three German-made nuclear submarines in the Persian Gulf as a defensive measure against the possibility of a missile attacks from Lebanon and Syria, as well as Iran. "The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before," DeHaemer wrote, "but the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels."61 These submarines fire nuclear missiles, and could destroy Iranian cities. They cannot defend anything, but they can launch a nuclear first strike.

US Troops In Eleven Countries Encircle Iran

US forces currently operate in at least 11 countries within striking distance of Iran. These are Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kyrgyzstan. While Manas Air Force base in Kyrgyzstan might be available for operations against Iran, there are currently no US bases in Uzbekistan, so far as is known. But the US is trying to re-open its Uzbek base, which was closed in 2005.62 Thus, US military forces are now present in virtually all of Iran’s neighbors, except Syria. Many of these are places which the US peace movement, to the extent that it has survived the coming of Obama, has never heard of. This includes more than 50,000 GIs in Iraq (where the US is now alone, after the departure of all coalition contingents) and Afghanistan, where there are some 100,000 US forces. There are US forces in various disguises in Pakistan. There are NATO bases, including the formidable Incirlik air base, in Turkey. Whether Turkey will allow its territory to be abused for aggression is another question...
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 4, 2010 at 10:03am
ANDREW BACEVICH: "... we are imperial. We wish to dominate. We wish to ensure that norms that work to the advantage, or perceive to work to the advantage, of the United States, prevail across the world. And we are, I think, uniquely, in this moment, determined to rely on military power to enforce those norms.... "

"... we do what we do in the world, to include in places like Afghanistan, not because we are threatened, not because we are obliged to respond to something over there; we do what we do in the world largely as a result of domestic imperatives, perceived domestic imperatives. And I think that if you evaluate US foreign policy and national security policy from that perspective, then it becomes rather obvious that we are an imperial nation, we are a hegemonic nation, we are a nation that has embraced a militarized approach to policy that sets us apart from every other liberal democracy, perhaps with the exception of Israel. And again, it doesn't work. It's not making us safer and more prosperous and enabling us to enjoy and pursue liberty. On the contrary, I think it generates enemies, it's undercutting our economy, and in many respects, it's contributing to the growth of a national security state that is at odds with the exercise of individual freedom. ...

"I ... argue that Western nations, democratic nations, generally, took from the whole experience of the twentieth century. They concluded that war really doesn't work very well. War is something to be avoided if at all possible. Israel and the United States, I think, took a different conclusion from the twentieth century. And the conclusion that both Israel and the United States drew was that war can work, victory is feasible, and that victory achieved can translate into political advantage. And from, I think, our present perspective, both looking at the dilemmas that Israel faces and the dilemmas that we face, the evidence is pretty clear: victory is almost impossible to achieve in a really meaningful way. And even when you think you've achieved a great victory, somehow the political benefits turn out to be very ephemeral. ..."

-- Andrew Bacevich. Interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.
August 02, 2010

Andrew Bacevich is author of The Limits of Power: "The End of American Exceptionalism" and "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War."
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 4, 2010 at 10:02am
"The belief in a political Utopia is especially dangerous. This is possibly connected with the fact that the search for a better world, like the investigation of our environment, is (if I am correct) one of the oldest and most important of all the instincts." -- Karl Popper in "In Search of a Better World" (1994)
-- Karl Popper on Utopia
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 27, 2010 at 9:38am
Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project


For the first time in nearly nine years of what the government has called a "war on terrorism," the Supreme Court on June 21 [2010] ruled decisively in the government's favor — but still stopped short of providing an unqualified victory. The Court ruled, by a 6-3 vote, that IT DOES NOT VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BLOCK SPEECH AND OTHER FORMS OF ADVOCACY SUPPORTING A FOREIGN ORGANIZATION that has been officially labeled as terrorist, EVEN if the aim is to support such a group’s peaceful or humanitarian actions.

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project - ScotusWiki
Brief of the Carter Center, Christian Peacemakers, Human Rights Watch, et al. in Support of Humanitarian Law Project, et al. ...

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project | Center for Constitutional Rights
Jun 21, 2010 ... CCR's plaintiffs include the Humanitarian Law Project, a human rights organization that seeks to provide training in human rights ...

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