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), 2:00 - 3:30. 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 in August 2001.

Upcoming events (5+)

Colloquy!

Asheville Friends Meeting House

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: 2:00 - 3:30 See "More about COLLOQUY" in the pages section of this website.

Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville - The Matrix of Distraction

Asheville Friends Meeting House

“The Matrix of Distraction” will be presented by Michael J. S. Carter at the Sunday, March 17, 2019 meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, 2:00-3:30 PM, at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC. All are welcome to attend. With a constant barrage of distractions, how we live our lives during this turbulent time is entirely up to us. Michael read an essay about the sinking of the Titanic whereby the author claimed it was because of distraction, not arrogance. Less than an hour before the collision, the Titanic’s radio operator received a call from a ship surrounded by ice and was too busy to respond or pay attention. We all know what happened. What a striking metaphor for our time. Every one resides in a "Matrix of Distraction." How we cope matters. Rev. Michael J. Carter is an anti-racism trainer, recognized by President Clinton for his efforts, is an ordained Inter-faith minister and adjunct professor. He has a BA from the College of New Rochelle, a Masters In Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and has worked with UNC-A, Mission Health and various local businesses to assist them enhance their anti-racism and diversity agendas. He currently serves as the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of The Swannanoa Valley and as an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University. Michael is from Baltimore, MD and worked for 25 years in New York City as a professional actor before moving to Asheville with his family in 2005. Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Colloquy!

Asheville Friends Meeting House

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: 2:00 - 3:30 See "More about COLLOQUY" in the pages section of this website.

Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville - 3rd Sunday Monthly Platform Meeting

Asheville Friends Meeting House

The Ethical Society of Asheville will have its regular monthly platform meeting the 3rd Sunday, 2:00-3:30 at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. There will be a presentation, a discussion period will follow the presentation and, following the meeting, there will be time for informal conversation. The speaker and topic will be announced soon. Put the date on your calendar and plan to come. All are welcome!

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