Humanist Connections

American Ethical Union (AEU) is the federation of Ethical Culture Societies and its headquarters are located within our building (4th floor). The AEU, established in 1893, is the overarching organization of the Ethical Culture Movement, a federation of Ethical Societies that creates, nurtures, and inspires ethical humanist communities to foster a world that is democratic, compassionate, just, and sustainable. Ethical Action is an expression of our core commitments to honor the worth of all people, cultivate relationships, and build justice. We work together to bring out the best in others and ourselves, enhancing everyone’s unique capability and responsibility to contribute to a more humane world.
Here is a current list of the Ethical Societies throughout the country and the UK:
District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York
Ethical Culture Society of Suffolk
United Kingdom
Other AEU Projects:
National Leaders Council (NLC)
The professional organization of certified Leaders and Leaders-in-Training of the clergy of the Ethical Culture Movement, serving Ethical Societies and the broader community to provide pastoral support, inspiration, and a grounding in our deepest values.
Future of Ethical Societies (FES)
A community of young Ethical Culturists/ Ethical Humanists across the country that connects online, through local gatherings, in regard to a variety of service projects, and during national conferences.
National Ethical Service (NES)
The NES is a non-governmental organization in association with the UN Department of Public Information, dedicated to promoting and enhancing the highest principles at the United Nations, the AEU, and the Culture of Peace worldwide.
Humanist Organizations with whom we work or are associated:
International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)
An umbrella organization of humanist, atheist, rationalist, secular, skeptic, freethought and Ethical Culture organizations throughout the world (currently 125 member organizations from 47 countries), founded in 1952. The IHEU works to build and represent the global Ethical Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values worldwide.
Coalitions to which we belong