Our Focus: Inspiring Ethical Living
Our Invitation: Find Community and a Welcoming Home
Our Key Values: Human Worth and Human Connection
Our Commitment: Deed Above Creed
Our Journey: Lifelong Ethical Learning and Growth
Our Hope: Renew Ourselves, Renew the World
Our Future: Build an Ethical Culture Together
Cultivating Ethical Living
Ethics, in our tradition, is not just declaring what is right and what is wrong. It is making the choices to create a world where everyone matters, and acting in ways such that the worth of every individual is most likely to be able to shine. We won’t always succeed – but even our failures are learning opportunities. A diverse community of support helps us to continue to learn to live our values in all our actions and relationships.
Ethical Culture is a way of life that fosters reverence by nurturing life, building connections, and living as fully as we are able. It is not about right beliefs, but right actions. It is a call to be human, not to be perfect. It is remembrance and awareness of our infinite interrelation with all being. Through this conscious choice to live, we may renew our world, and the world of our children. We have a faith in the caring capacity of ourselves and others, and we seek to learn and practice ways of being together that make the ethical life possible and enjoyable.
About This Society
The Ethical Culture movement (including 22+ societies and fellowships) began in 1876, and this Society was founded in 1948. The Society has brought its commitment to the worth of every individual into our global and local actions. We have engaged in projects to benefit our neighbors in need and to be part of larger efforts to bring peace, justice, democracy, and sustainability to our world. and richness and meaning to the personal lives of others and ourselves.