The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County is one of the chapters of the American Ethical Union founded in 1876 by Dr Felix Adler in New York. Dr. Adler was a professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and a social reformer. He perceived a need for a religion based on “deed before creed”.

He founded Ethical Culture to focus on community and good works, rather than personal salvation.


Our Statement of Purpose

Ethical Culture’s 1980 Statement of Purpose: Its Antecedents and How To Describe What We Are Today At first it may seem odd to devote a

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How is Ethical Culture religious?

Ethical Culture holds that all people have inherent worth, regardless of their background, station in life or contribution to society. This means, at

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How does Ethical Culture make a difference in society?

Our interest in the greater society is expressed through programs, such as discussion groups, debates and speakers on important issues of our day.

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