Ethical Societies

There are currently twenty-five Ethical Societies in the United States organized around the principles of Ethical Culture, as well as a web-based "Ethical Society Without Walls" ( for those without a local Ethical Society. According to the American Ethical Union, "Ethical Culture is a humanistic religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society."9 Unlike Unitarian Universalist congregations, which have people of many different religious and nonreligious beliefs, Ethical Culture groups have a core set of beliefs. Although they are nontheistic, many people in the movement consider Ethical Culture to be their religion. Ethical Societies offer religious education programs for young children up through college students. The American Ethical Union also offers yearly youth conferences for middle school, high school, and college students. There are a lot of curriculum resources for Ethical Culture children's programs available on its website at

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