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What is an Ethical Society?
The Ethical Society Without Walls is part of the American Ethical Union. In this article, you will find more information about Ethical Culture and Ethical Societies
- A short statement on the vision for an Ethical Society
- Ethical Culture is a religious, philosophical, and educational movement. Our focus is on how we live our lives and not on what we believe. The Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture (Ethical Humanism) is an attempt to put into words some of the commitments underlying Ethical Societies.
- Ethical Culture as Religion: A common question asked of Ethical Culture is whether we are a religious organization and, if so, in what way. Ethical Culture has the legal standing of a religion in the United States. This essay includes statements by several Ethical Culture leaders of the past and present on this important question.
- We've also included a brief history of the Ethical Movement. (There are many more historical materials on Ethical Culture included in the online Library.)
- Top ten reasons an Ethical Society might be right for you -- a modern way to think about what you might share with members of Ethical Culture.
- The Concept Map is a summary of the Ethical Movement's philosophy: past, present and some thoughts about the future.
- A classic book on ethical humanism by Edward L. Ericson has been helpful for many years in understanding ethical culture and ethical humanism. We've included the first chapter of this book: The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion (Edward L. Ericson). You can order more copies from the Statement of Purpose: American Ethical Union -- the American Ethical Union is the organization uniting the 20+ Ethical Societies and local groups. This document is the AEU's formal statement of purpose.
- The best way to understand Ethical Culture is to visit an Ethical Society that meets face-to-face -- check out our list of Ethical Societies and Fellowships or, if you're not near an Ethical Society, find out more about the Member-at-Large program or contact the national staff to find others near you who are also exploring Ethical Culture.
- The American Ethical Union, and through it our local societies, is connected to a worldwide humanist and ethical movement by our membership in the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).
- There's more information in the Library, the AEU Calendar, Activities and Announcements, and Connections.