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Sunday Meeting- –The Tree of Knowledge: Celebrating the Roots of Humanism


Hugh Taft-MoralesCheryl Gross Presides 

The Tree of Knowledge: Celebrating the Roots of Humanism

The roots of humanism run deep in many written traditions – from ancient religions to ancient Greece, from the middle ages to the renaissance to the enlightenment to today. Humanists revere many books - books of faith and skepticism, knowledge and opinion. Libraries serve as sacred humanist sites. Fearful of reason and reading, intolerant mobs have burned books and destroyed libraries in the vain hope of cutting the roots of the tree of knowledge. Thankfully, freethinkers and scholars have kept this tree alive. Join Hugh Taft-Morales as he explores this hostility towards knowledge and celebrates the liberating power of books. 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hugh Taft-Morales graduated from Yale University in 1979 and earned a Masters in Philosophy from University of Kent at Canterbury. He taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, DC, after which he transitioned into Ethical Culture Leadership. He served on the Board of the Washington Ethical Society from[masked], the last year as president. In April of 2009 he graduated from the Humanist Institute and was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader by the American Ethical Union (AEU) in 2010.

He currently is leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia and the Baltimore Ethical Society. He serves as Secretary of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union and is editor of the AEU’s Ethical Action Report.

Hugh lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife, Maureen, a Latin American analyst for the Congressional Research Service. They have three wonderful children – Sean (27), Maya (21), and Justin (18). Hugh's hobbies include yoga, singing and playing guitar, and "watching way too much sports."



Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead  [masked] x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.

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