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 a minimum, that we not violate others or ourselves. Non-violation is not enough, however. Ethical Culture teaches that we must act in a positive way to support others to realize their potentials and in their ethical growth.
Ethical Culture believes that a sense of the religiosity emerges from more sensitively recognizing, appreciating, evoking and celebrating the humanity that resides in all people. In addition, Ethical Culture is deeply committed to appreciating the natural world on which we depend.
The humanism of Ethical Culture is non-theistic. While it does not technically deny the existence of a Supreme Being, Ethical Culture does not concern itself with theological issues. It focuses on the human and natural realms, and on the improvement and celebration of the one life we are certain we possess.
Ethical Culture is recognized by the government as a religious organization. Its leaders are legally empowered to officiate at marriage ceremonies. In fact, the leader of our society, Joe Chuman, has written his reflections on the Ethical Culture wedding ceremony for our national organization.