Two phrases you will hear often repeated in the Ethical Societies across America are "Deed before Creed" and "Our goal is to bring out the best in others and thereby in ourselves."
The speakers' topics cover
a wide range of interests... from philosophy to social issues to current events
to environmental issues.
Children are invited to attend our Sunday Ethical Education for Kids (SEEK) programs while their parents attend the main program.
Our meetings are informal and guests are welcome.
On Saturday, October 18, the St. Louis and Mid Rivers Ethical Societies rounded up some of their families for a fun social activity in Forest Park. About 80 folks enjoyed a 45 minute tractor-pulled hayride all around the park on a chilly autumn evening. Upon disembarking from the wagons, towering bonfires were awaiting our group to warm us up and provide an excellent way to toast lots and lots of marshmallows! To our collective surprise, a full length, professional fireworks display began in the distance, capping off a wonderful evening of community building with a bang.
Mid Rivers’ board president Jill Aul, and St. Louis’ SEEK director Rachel Valenti, were so pleased that their collaboration on this activity was so successful, that they are planning more fun activities for our congregations to interact together in the future. Stay tuned for details!
Recently the much anticipated visit to ESMR by a the an exceptional leader of the national Ethical Movement, Hugh Taft-Morales, resulted in a weekend of fellowship and studies in the area of Ethical Culture. This video of his platform presentation is a perfect primer for those wishing to get a feel for what the Ethical Society is all about.
Hugh Taft-Morales taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, D.C., having earned a Masters in Philosophy from University of Kent at Canterbury, England in 1986 and having graduated from Yale University in 1979. In 2009 he completed a three-year leadership certification program with the Humanist Institute, and he was certified by the American Ethical Union in 2010 as an Ethical Culture Leader.ecently ,
Hugh has been an invigorating presence in Ethical Culture. He has been active in the Washington Ethical Society, serving as director of its Coming-of-Age program (2009-2011), a Board member (2002-2005), and Board president (2006). He has also been engaged in American Ethical Union work, serving on the AEU planning committee for two years, as co-coordinator for the Presidents Council AEU for a year, and as secretary of the AEU National Leaders Council at present. , He is a consulting Leader with the Ethical Society Without Walls and serves as Secretary of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union. He joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.
His vision for Ethical Culture is that it flourish as a clearly defined and reenergized movement inspired by Ethical Humanism and effective in collective ethical action and social justice campaigns. He is humbled and grateful for the challenge of working in Ethical Culture as a leader.
Hugh – who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service – has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.
and playing guitar, practicing yoga, and watching “way too much sports” are
among Hugh’s enjoyments.