The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley is a vibrant, caring community dedicated to cultivating ethical growth and action in its members and in the larger world. We are a democratic fellowship for people seeking a rational, compassionate philosophy of life without regard to belief or nonbelief in a supreme being.
We discuss ethical dilemmas that arise in our lives and in the world around us; hold programs to learn about ourselves, each other, and the issues of the day; and seek to be engaged citizens of our nation and our world. We collaborate with other organizations working for a more just and humane world.
The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley (ECSSV) is an affiliate of the American Ethical Union. Ethical Culture is a humanistic religious, philosophical, and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of life is working to create a more humane society. Our focus is on how we live our lives. Our faith is in the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world.
UPCOMING EVENTS: FALL 2016
Event dates can also be found on our calendar page
Wednesday, October 26 2016 7:30 to 9pm
Media Night: Einstein And The Uses Of Science speech (audio)
Join us as we listen to Albert Einstein give a speech in 1945 at the Nobel Prize anniversary dinner. We hear his “…anger and determination to ensure that his scientific efforts do not help destroy the world but rather improve it…” What are we doing, 71 years later, to make sure that the use of science helps rather than harms the world?
The goal of the night is to be inspired and motivated to pursue meaningful virtues in our everyday lives.
We serve vegan soup at 6:30pm; the discussion begins at 7:30. Please contact us for location details.
Saturday, November 5 2016 6pm
Hanging Out with Soup and Vinegars at Paula and Ben’s
Taking a simple carrot soup as the base, we’ll sample several vinegars to see how they enhance the flavor. Which ones really pop, which ones are so-so, and which ones can you leave on the shelf? Try them for yourself!
Bring salad fixings to share (all plant based, please) and we’ll see what the vinegars do on salads, too. It’s the last night before we return to Pacific Standard time Sunday at 2am, so plan to spend that extra hour among friends, enjoying food and fellowship.
Wednesday, November 16 2016 6pm
Ethical Action: Make Lunches For The Homeless
Residents of LifeMoves Shelter on Julian Street in San Jose will receive these 24 lunches, which we’ll make at 6pm before the audio night. What does it take to make 24 lunches? Two production lines: One making and bagging sandwiches, and another filling lunch bags with fruit, juice, peanut butter for dipping carrots, cookies, and crunchy snacks. It takes another person to shop for the components beforehand.
Lend a hand any way you can! It’s fun and makes the world a better place when one of our group delivers the lunches to the shelter the next morning.
Please contact us for location details and to let us know you’re coming.
Wednesday, November 30 2016 7:30 to 9pm
Media Night (note the date – event was postponed from Nov. 23rd)