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, August 17, 10:30: "Losing My Religion and Coming Out on Facebook"

Jason Eden is a former Southern Baptist preacher, youth minister, worship leader, and Christian apologist. Now a humanist celebrant, he resides in St. Peters  with his wife and two children. He wrote about his journey away from religious faith and his coming-out experience in the book That’s Me in the Corner: Coming Out as an Atheist on Facebook, which is available on Amazon. Professionally, he works in corporate education capacities for high-tech companies, and is currently a Program Manager for Hortonworks, a software company based out of Palo Alto, CA. He is a member of The Brights Net, the American Humanist Association, the O'Fallon Freethinkers, and The Clergy Project, and serves on the board of directors for the latter two organizations. He blogs at,, and other places of interest when time and opportunity meet. 

Special Event

Sunday, August 24, 10:30: "Ethical Culture as More than a Religion" by Hugh Taft-Morales
A confirmed secularist for most of his life, Hugh Taft-Morales now calls Ethical Culture his religion. He does so, however, while simultaneously advocating that Ethical Culture is more than a religion. The genius of Felix Adler, founder of the movement, was in placing ethical commitment to the worth of all people above any religious or philosophical characteristics. While Ethical Culture has a humanist religious hearth that offers warm inspiration to many, those not “religiously minded” need not gather round the fire. In ethical relationships and deed – independent of any religious claim - is where Ethical Culture lives.

Afternoon workshop:

Freethinkers, Faitheists, and Atheists: Mapping Non-Believers, Hugh Taft-Morales
According to a 2012 Pew survey about religious affiliation, the fastest growing group in the U. S. is the one claiming no religion at all. As a result, a wide spectrum of organizations – from humanist to skeptic to atheist - are scrambling to attract some of these 33 million people. How do we make sense of the diversity of alternatives to traditional religion? What does Ethical Humanism offer that is unique and important? How can we help give direction to the many people now swimming in humanist seas?

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.