Ethical Society Mid Rivers

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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.

This year's theme was "Trivia Takes a Holiday," and everyone was invited to decorate their table and dress up in a holiday related costume as they desired. The venue was packed and it was a lot of fun for everyone. A raffle was a favorite evening's event which includes a Kindle and a two day vacation to Chicago.

The event was held at the University of Missouri Extension Center, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters, MO, 63376 the same location as where we meet on Sundays for our Platform presentations.

Ethical Society Mid Rivers meets on

Sunday Mornings - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
University of Missouri Extension Center
260 Brown Road

Saint Peters, Missouri  63376


Sunday, September 14, 10:30 am:

Dale McGowan -Natl Director of Ethical Education, American Ethical Union
"How Ethical Culture can Seize the Cultural Moment"

The religious landscape of the U.S. is transforming rapidly and powerfully, a cultural opportunity that Ethical Societies are uniquely positioned to meet. Dale will talk about the transformation and how we as a movement can rise to it.

In addition to his new position as National Director of Ethical Education for the AEU, Dale McGowan is founding Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable foundation and Managing Editor of the Atheist Channel at He is editor and author of books including Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, Atheism for Dummies, and In Faith and In Doubt, the first book on religious/nonreligious mixed marriages. In 2008, Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parenting. He lives with his wife and three kids near Atlanta.

Sunday, September 21, 10:30 am: TED Talk: Jeremy Gilley “One Day of Peace,”   Filmmaker Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day to create an annual day without conflict. And ... it's happening.  Two years ago, Gilley came up with an idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace for just one day, every September 21. In this energetic, honest talk, Jeremy Gilley tells the story of how this crazy idea became real — real enough to help millions of kids in war-torn regions.   Join us on Sunday, September 21, which is World Peace Day, as ESMR members view Gilley’s TED talk, entitled, “One Day of Peace,” with a group discussion to be held afterward.

April 27th 2014: Rachel Levi: "Understanding the Good Food Movement"

Rachel Levi, Program Director of EarthDance Farms, described the work done on and by EarthDance Farms which is a non-profit organic farm school located at Missouri's oldest organic farm. In her current position at EarthDance, Rachel oversees the organization's various educational programs, seeks funding opportunities, and manages partnerships. Her current position allows her to facilitate transformative hands-on learning for adults and children through EarthDance's apprenticeship and youth programming. She is enthusiastic to continue growing the good food movement!

March 23rd 2014: Jillian Adams: "Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and Current Reproductive Health Legislation"

Jillian Adams, Planned Parenthood will talk about the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and current reproductive health legislation and will offer opportunities for making a healthier community. Jillian Adams, MSW, is the St. Louis-based grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. 

March 9th 2014:  "Going Where Gender Isn't," by Andy Semler.

Andy explains; "Genderqueer people are gaining increased visibility within a society that doesn't legally recognize our existence, but we are still a minority within a minority. This talk will explore the social, economic and health aspects of living outside the gender binary in the USA. I will also share from my own 'coming of gender' story, as we begin a broader dialog. What can the humanist community do to create a society where people of all genders flourish?" Andy is an active member of the LGBT Center of St. Louis, the Metro Trans Umbrella Group, and the greater online community of non-binary trans and genderqueer folk everywhere.