Ethical Culture was founded by Felix Adler in 1876. Ethical
Culture is a humanistic, religious, and educational movement
working to create a better world through ethical actions. We
are dedicated to the ideal that the highest value is human worth
and that our relationships to each other are of greatest ethical
concern. Our commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual
and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best
in him or her. Members join together in ethical societies to
assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to
celebrate life's joys, and support each other through life's
Ethical Culture contains little creed or dogma. It's basic values
and principles can be found in the "Eight Commitments of
Ethical Culture." We force no one to subscribe even to these,
but the mainstream of Ethical Culture endorses these commitments.
The American Ethical Union's home page also has more information
about Ethical Culture in the U.S. There are some excellent resources
The New York Society
of Ethical Culture produced a magnificent
the100-year anniversary of Ethical
Culture. It explores its roots, leaders, and
the enormous impact
this organization has had nationally through a series
of beautiful sepia photographs and film clips. It tells the story
of the Ethical Culture meeting house over the last one hundred
years. Also covered are organizations Ethical Culture
founded or helped to found and develop, such as the Visiting
Nurses Association, Child
Ethical Culture founded and Legal Aid Society, NAACP,
and the ACLU.
Our Ethical Society
The Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle
(EHST), founded in 1987, is one of 22 societies in the United
the American Ethical Union. We meet every Sunday from 1:30
- 3PM at Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill, NC. Platform
are on the first and third Sundays of the month. Community
leaders, professors, social activists, as well as members from
society inform the society on ethical issues confronting our
local community, as well as issues of national, and international
importance. This is followed by a question and answer session.
Fellowship and refreshments are available before and after
the platform meetings. Childcare for toddlers and above is provided
for platform meetings. The second and fourth Sunday's meetings
are discussions centering around the platform topic of the
Sunday. All meetings are open to the public.
We are also affiliated with American Humanist Association (AHA).
Our affiliation means that we feel a close synergy with the American
Humanist Association, while at the same time being primarily
dedicated to the goals and mission of the American Ethical Union.
We do not necessarily agree with all of the policies of the AHA,
but we feel that our commonality is much greater than our differences.
We welcome all humanists to our meetings, as well as all people
who can place ethics as their ultimate concern.
As a member organization of the American Ethical Union, we are
also members of the International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU).
For more information on Humanism, visit the following
Council for Secular Humanism
International Humanist Ethical Union
Secular Coalition of America