Our Society

I have visited services and meetings of a number of different spiritual organizations and while all of them offered fellowship, community, inspiration, and guidance, this is was the first that I could actually connect with on what human nature really is, and what we as people should expect of ourselves and do for the world. — Ryan Insley

The Baltimore Ethical Society nurtures a reverence for life unfettered by traditional religious beliefs and doctrines. It supports people who are trying to live moral and purposeful lives based on reason, compassion, and a commitment to the worth and dignity of each human being.

Consistent with an Ethical Culture vision of a more just and humane world, the Baltimore Ethical Society was formed in 1950 as the first racially integrated congregation in the city. We are committed to our city, and our home is in the Congress Hotel, located in Baltimore’s up-and-coming westside redevelopment area.

At our weekly Sunday meetings, speakers address ethical and religious concerns as well as social and political issues. After the talks those in attendance have the chance to make comments, express ideas, and ask questions of the speaker.

The Society is supported by the pledges and contributions of our members and friends and by their volunteer work. Membership is open to all who share values consistent with Ethical Culture, and visitors and guests are always more than welcome.

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