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”.
Today, religion must concern itself with the end, the purpose and the future of life…Religion must turn to a greater, more important question: What shall we do with this world? What is the outcome to be? We must do what we can to affect the outcome of life.– Felix Adler
He founded Ethical Culture to focus on community and good works, rather than personal salvation.