What we're about

The Chicago Ethical Humanist Circle is a humanistic religious fellowship that is part of the American Ethical Union (AEU.org), and, through the AEU, Humanists International (nee International Humanist and Ethical Union). We focus on human lives and relationships. We explore what it means to live ethically as individuals, family members, and participants in the larger community. We have no creeds and no doctrines, but we are united by our belief in the worth and dignity of each individual and our commitment to working together to create a more just, humane, and peaceful world.

Upcoming events (5+)

Evanston First Saturday Salon: War Drones and Police Bots

Levy Senior Center

At our November Salon, we asked the participants what they think is the most important ethical issue in tech today. It’s a big topic, and we covered a number of issues. All agreed that the issue of military and police robots and drones, as well as AI-based scanning, were worth reading up on and dedicating our December Salon to the topic. Links to articles on these topics will be provided at https://chicagoethical.org/ by Thanksgiving weekend. Sign up here and we will send links to you next week. The Evanston Humanist Salon is a discussion open to all people and held monthly by the Chicago Ethical Humanist Circle, a community of Humanists associated with the American Ethical Union and the American Humanist Association. Ken Novak will convene the discussion in the Library at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston. Join us! Join us for a lively conversation. We hope you'll return every First Saturday to dig into the weeds of today's most important issues.

Talk "Get Ready for a More Inclusive Generation", with Emily Newman from the AHA

Chicago Ethical Humanist Circle presents a special talk, “Get Ready for a More Inclusive Generation“, by AHA Education Coordinator Emily Newman on Sunday, December 15th, 2:30 pm at the Levy Center (details below). Millennials are becoming the largest generation, and are more secular, inclusive, and social justice oriented than previous generations. Despite economic challenges, technological distractions, and societal stereotypes, younger generations are eager to lead change based on their values. Yet they still seek collaboration with older communities and need mentors for guidance to do so. Come explore how we can work together to make a more ethical and caring world. Earlier, at 1:30pm on Sunday in the same room, Emily will lead a workshop on developing your humanist elevator pitch. What do you say when someone asks you what humanism is? What would you say if you were in an elevator and had less than one minute to respond? Join our fun workshop on how to share who we are and what we do. Both events are FREE and open to all. Emily Newman is the Education Coordinator at the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education and Communications Coordinator at the American Ethical Union. She holds a BS in psychology and creative writing as well as an MA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Emily grew up in Ethical Culture and has been active with the Future of Ethical Societies, National Ethical Service, and Young Humanists International. There will be a Facebook Live stream of the talk on Facebook.com/CEHCircle.

Pondering Ethical Dilemmas

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In cooperation with the Levy Senior Center in Evanston, our Sue and Scott Walton, with Marne Glaser and Mitch Pravatiner, are leading a series of discussions on the ethical dilemmas posed by national issues and beyond, many taken from the New York Times Magazine's "Ethicist" column. Join them at 6 pm on Thursday, April 20 at 6 pm, and every 3rd Thursday of the months thereafter when through individual reflection and group discussion we will observe our thoughts and values as we determine how we would imagine handling such situations in the most ethical way. Admission is open to all but registration is requested: either sign up here, or contact Sue or Scott a [masked] or[masked]

Evanston First Saturday Salon: War Drones and Police Bots

Levy Senior Center

At our November Salon, we asked the participants what they think is the most important ethical issue in tech today. It’s a big topic, and we covered a number of issues. All agreed that the issue of military and police robots and drones, as well as AI-based scanning, were worth reading up on and dedicating our December Salon to the topic. Links to articles on these topics will be provided at https://chicagoethical.org/ by Thanksgiving weekend. Sign up here and we will send links to you next week. The Evanston Humanist Salon is a discussion open to all people and held monthly by the Chicago Ethical Humanist Circle, a community of Humanists associated with the American Ethical Union and the American Humanist Association. Ken Novak will convene the discussion in the Library at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue in Evanston. Join us! Join us for a lively conversation. We hope you'll return every First Saturday to dig into the weeds of today's most important issues.

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