San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley is a vibrant, caring community dedicated to cultivating ethical growth and action in our members and in the larger world.

Ethical Culture is a humanistic religion. Our sources of ethical knowledge and inspiration include the collective wisdom and experience of communities past and present, science and empirical research, art and literature, the life story of each individual, and the experience and study of nature. For addresses of meetings in private homes, call 408-255-4379 or email

Through our ethical action projects, we work together to make the world a better place. Through our Platforms and our discussions, we learn together to be more ethical citizens. Through our celebrations, we recognize the individuals who create our community.

At our Platform Sundays, we gather to reflect on our week and to renew our commitment to one another and to a better future. Our meetings include music and inspiring words as well as a program addressing a relevant issue. After the meeting, we share refreshments and conversations with those in community with us.

Topics have included

  • Darwin 101,
  • Compassionate Communication,
  • Developing Critical Thinking,
  • Can Ethical Culture Help in Time of Personal Need?
  • Ethics and Torture, and
  • Bringing Out the Best.
At our Ethical Action Sundays, we gather to focus on issues we care about.
  • We have educated ourselves about

    • Single Payer Health Care,
    • Recycling,
    • Solar power for homes,
    • Alternatives to meat,
    • Low water gardening, and
    • Micro-Loans.


    We have contributed to the larger community by

    • Serving at the VA Hospital Ice Cream Social,
    • Collecting toys and gifts for Sunday Friends, a program for low income families,
    • Collecting toiletries for InnVision,
    • Contributing clothing to the Emergency Room closet at Kaiser Hospital,
    • Creating a recycling game,
    • Making loans through KIVA micro-finance, and cleaning up Coyote Creek on National River Clean Up Day


Visiting Ethical Culture Leaders have inspired us and connected us to the Ethical Culture Movement with Platforms on

  • The History of Ethical Culture,
  • Living Your Ethical Culture,
  • Spirituality Without God,
  • Forgiving Others-An Ethical Imperative,
  • Organic Religion, and
  • Ethical Culture Is a Cause.

Ethical Culture history

 The Ethical Culture movement has exerted a great influence on American social justice. We began the first free kindergarten in the United States (now the Ethical Culture and Fieldston Schools of New York City) and established the earliest American Settlement House. Ethical Culture members founded the Visiting Nurses Association and the Child Study Association and helped found and develop the Legal Aid Society, the NAACP, the ACLU, and many other organizations.

 We welcome you. Join us at our meetings if you seek a fellowship that

  • respects both the worth of the individual and the importance of community,
  • affirms humanistic values,
  • nurtures relationships in which we act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in ourselves, and
  • unites people of many backgrounds in the shared quest for a creative, ethical life.




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