Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
We recognize and celebrate the unique worth and dignity of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, level of ability, or religious beliefs. Our faith is in the human capacity to work together to create a more humane world.
Unlike traditional religious congregations, which come together to follow a scripture or the teachings of a religious leader, Ethical Societies are guided by the best human thinking in the areas of ethics, science, and well-being.
The Ethical Society Mid Rivers is the only Humanist congregation in Saint Charles County, Missouri.
What do Humanists Believe?
Our core belief is that every person is worthy and should be treated with dignity. We fight against all forms of oppression which strip the dignity from people, seeking always to view people as beings worthy of respect. This is why we have consistently championed the rights of women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, economically disadvantaged people, and all people suffering from oppression.
Does Ethical Humanism Teach Belief In a God?
No. As a non-theistic organization, we foster free religious thought, and our mission is to help answer the ultimate questions, “How can we create meaningfulness in this life?” and “How should we treat each other?”, without reference to the supernatural. Our members are free to believe what they like about deities and the supernatural, and we do not talk about a god or gods on Sundays.
Is Humanism a Religion?
Yes and no. Some of our members consider Humanism to be their religion, while others consider themselves non-religious. The founder of Ethical Humanism, Felix Adler, said “[Ethical Humanism] is religious to those who are religiously minded, and merely ethical to those who are not so minded.”
What is The American Ethical Union?
The American Ethical Union (AEU) is the umbrella body which connects and represents all Ethical Societies in the USA. The AEU trains Ethical Society Leaders; provides resources for Ethical Societies around the country; and organizes an Annual Assembly where members of Ethical Societies join together to discuss the great ethical challenges of the day. You can learn more on the AEU Website.
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