What we're about

The Baltimore Ethical Society is a humanistic religious fellowship. We focus on human lives and relationships and 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.

Visit our website at bmorethical.org (http://bmorethical.org/) .

Upcoming events (5)

SMART Recovery

Online event

[Note: Due to COVID-19, this meeting has moved online. See Zoom information below for details on how to join the meeting. Also, due to confidentiality concerns, most people do not preregister in Meetup.] "Discover the Power of Choice!" SMART Recovery is an evidence-based peer support group that focuses on self-empowerment. Our meetings are free and open to anyone seeking help with an addictive behavior, including but not limited to alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and pornography. We encourage participation by persons of any race, color, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind in our meetings. Our program focuses on four areas: • Build and maintain motivation, • Cope with urges and cravings, • Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors • Achieve lifestyle balance in order to prevent relapse Flexible, self-directed change is encouraged through many tools and techniques designed to increase self-reliance. A great deal of support is available without formal sponsorship. Participants are welcome to attend meetings for as long as you find them helpful. Our meetings last sixty to ninety minutes and operate in a workshop-like atmosphere. A volunteer facilitator leads each session and encourages discussion. Individuals may choose to participate, or just sit back and listen. The meetings are free and confidential. We believe that the power to change addictive behaviors resides within each individual and does not depend upon adherence to any spiritual viewpoint. The use of religious or spiritual beliefs and practices in recovery is a personal choice and not a part of our program. SMART Recovery is a recognized resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, Center for Health Care Evaluation, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The Baltimore Ethical Society sponsors the Saturday morning meeting of SMART Recovery.

"Ethical Culture, Psychotherapy, & My Grandmother the Spy" - BES Sunday Platform

Date: November 29 Speaker: Hugh Taft-Morales Ethical Culture Leader for PES & BES Description for newsletter: Ethical Culture, Psychotherapy, and My Grandmother the Spy The Victorian Felix Adler was not a big fan of therapeutic exploration of the psyche; he resisted what he considered a narcissistic invasion of the private world. Today, however, counseling is an important part of Ethical Culture. It nourishes our ethical relationships and our congregational life. Two counseling orientations that resonate with Ethical Culture are those of Alfred Adler and of existential therapists such as Victor Frankel. Hugh Taft-Morales will explore the inspirational power of these orientations while weaving an amazing tale of his own family’s psychotherapeutic adventures. Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

BES Newcomers Meeting

Online event

Newcomers Meeting Once a month, often but not always on the last Sunday, 12:30 p.m. New to the Society and interested in learning more? Come to the Newcomers Meeting, held following one Sunday Platform every month, and find out more about Ethical Culture and our Society – its history, its philosophy, and its organization. Meetings last about one hour (often less) and are recommended for anyone who’s curious about membership. Please attend at least one Platform before going to a Newcomers Meeting. Contact Wayne Laufert or Janey Solwold for more information. Learn more: website: http://bmorethical.org/ Meetup: http://meetup.com/bmorethical/ Twitter: @bmorethical Facebook: http://fb.com/bmorethical/

Ethical Dilemma - Our Humanist Improv Group

Online event

This session is on Zoom. Get log in info after you RSVP Did you know that a central tenet of both humanism and good improv is Bringing out the best in others brings out the best in ourselves? We have members with all levels of skills and experience. Have fun, be silly for a little while, support each other, be creative, and work on improv and theater skills. If you have questions let us know. https://www.meetup.com/Humanist-Improv-Group-What-is-That If you RSVP please notify us in advance if you will not be able to come.

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