What we're about

The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville is a humanist, non-theistic alternative to traditional religion, a member organization of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. The American Ethical Union (AEU) is the federation of Ethical/Ethical Culture/Ethical Humanist Societies across the United States. The AEU is affiliated with the the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and the Secular Coalition of America. Our meeting topics are educational, philosophical and of current interest. We are inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. We endeavor to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. Our commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best in him or her. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life's joys and support each other through life's crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in the community around him or her.

Our regular meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (west off Merrimon at CVS, near UNC - Asheville), 2:30 - 4:00. On 1st Sundays the meeting is a Colloquy. Information about the origin and process of Colloquy appear in the "Pages" section of this site. Third Sunday platform meetings have a topic presented by a speaker which is followed by a discussion period. An informal discussion/social time follows platform meetings.

Meetup friends are persons interested in coming to our meetings/activities. The Meetup site is used for communication; signing up to be a friend/member on the Meetup site does not connote membership in the Ethical Society. Membership is reserved for those who attend Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville activities and wish to be members of the organization. They are invited to complete an Interest in Membership form which is available at our meetings. We started using Meetup for communication and awareness in June 2009. The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, however, was founded before that - in August 2001.

Upcoming events (4+)

Colloquy!

Online event

Come experience and share this meditative, reflective experience that was created more than 30 years ago by Arthur Dobrin (now Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Society of Long Island). Joy McConnell, Consulting Leader for the Ethical Society of Asheville will lead this Colloquy. Time: 2:30 - 4:00 See "More about COLLOQUY" at https://ehsasheville.org/what-we-do-2/colloquy/.

Presentation/Platform Meeting - topic and speaker(s) to be announced

Asheville Friends Meeting House

Until further notice our meetings will be held via Zoom conference. Our website https://ehsasheville.org/ has Zoom log-in information.

Please stay safe and well during this Covid-19 crisis.

A platform/presentation meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville is held every third Sunday of the month, 2:30-4:00 PM

The topic and speaker(s) for this month's meeting will be added closer to the time of the meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville endeavors to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. We are inspired by the ideal of working to create a more humane society, recognizing each person’s worth and dignity, and helping to bring out the best in him or her. We are a member of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in our community.

For more information: call[masked], email [masked] or visit our website at: http://EHSAsheville.org

Weddings and Ceremonies Officiated:
The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville offers individualized, custom wedding services. Joy McConnell, Ethical Culture Leader (clergy/celebrant), and Jackie Simms, Ethical Culture Officiant and Humanist Celebrant, are available to perform wedding (and other significant life event) ceremonies. Joy contributes a portion of the officiating charge to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Honoraria for Jackie's officiating are direct contributions to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, a 501(c)(3) organization. Both Joy and Jackie love officiating weddings, so please spread the word. For more information: contact Joy at[masked] or via her profile on https://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Asheville, or contact Jackie at[masked] or email [masked].

Colloquy!

Online event

Come experience and share this meditative, reflective experience that was created more than 30 years ago by Arthur Dobrin (now Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Society of Long Island). Joy McConnell, Consulting Leader for the Ethical Society of Asheville will lead this Colloquy. Time: 2:30 - 4:00 See "More about COLLOQUY" at https://ehsasheville.org/what-we-do-2/colloquy/.

Presentation/Platform Meeting - topic and speaker(s) to be announced

Asheville Friends Meeting House

Until further notice our meetings will be held via Zoom conference. Our website https://ehsasheville.org/ has Zoom log-in information.

Please stay safe and well during this Covid-19 crisis.

A platform/presentation meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville is held every third Sunday of the month, 2:30-4:00 PM

The topic and speaker(s) for this month's meeting will be added closer to the time of the meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville endeavors to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. We are inspired by the ideal of working to create a more humane society, recognizing each person’s worth and dignity, and helping to bring out the best in him or her. We are a member of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in our community.

For more information: call[masked], email [masked] or visit our website at: http://EHSAsheville.org

Weddings and Ceremonies Officiated:
The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville offers individualized, custom wedding services. Joy McConnell, Ethical Culture Leader (clergy/celebrant), and Jackie Simms, Ethical Culture Officiant and Humanist Celebrant, are available to perform wedding (and other significant life event) ceremonies. Joy contributes a portion of the officiating charge to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Honoraria for Jackie's officiating are direct contributions to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, a 501(c)(3) organization. Both Joy and Jackie love officiating weddings, so please spread the word. For more information: contact Joy at[masked] or via her profile on https://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Asheville, or contact Jackie at[masked] or email [masked].

Past events (339)

Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross (BRABC)

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