November 25, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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Details: Ethical Humanism claims each person plays a part in creating our human world. So – are we proud of our handiwork? While Ethical Society members may have trouble living up to that belief, most human beings have never heard of the idea. Trying to live that principle could change our world and could assist humans as they learn to find their meaning in life through positive involvement in their relations with others and the natural world. Ethical Humanism is a very good idea; we ought to spread the word.
Speaker Bio: Richard Kiniry served as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia from 1990 to 2011. A former Roman Catholic seminarian, Peace Corps volunteer in India, and stained glass artisan, Richard joined the Philadelphia Ethical Society in 1984 after a prolonged search for a naturalistic religion that combined humanism with social justice. He became a Certified Leader in 1990. Among the many accomplishments he is credited with having achieved as Leader may be counted the reopening of Camp Linden – a summer day camp serving underprivileged youth that is supported and maintained by the Philadelphia Ethical Society – and related efforts to bolster the quality of life of families living in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia. As an active participant in the American Ethical Union (AEU), he has served in a variety of leadership roles including president of the National Leaders Council and as chair of the AEU Ethical Action Committee.