In Good We Trust

a podcast about being human

About the show

What does it mean to be good? How do we be good not just for ourselves, but for others, too? These are the questions at the heart of Ethical Humanism, a non-theistic movement that’s been around since 1876, but is more relevant today as ever. Hosted by Hugh Taft-Morales, an Ethical Humanist Leader in Baltimore and Philadelphia, In Good We Trust is an exploration of being good, being human, and trying to do both at the same time.

It’s a great podcast to listen to if you’re into being human.

In Good We Trust is brought to you by the Philadelphia Ethical Society, and is available soon wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.

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  • Character, Misogyny & Power

    July 19th, 2024  |  8 mins 5 secs
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    Have we become inured to politicians who we hand over power but would not want as role models for our children?

  • The Ethics Of Patriotism

    July 1st, 2024  |  11 mins 13 secs
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    In and of itself, attachment to one’s ancestors seems unproblematic. Ethical questions arise when patriotism evolves into its modern form.

  • Why Do We Do Good

    June 7th, 2024  |  9 mins 8 secs
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    Are we wired to do good?

  • Enemies & Empathy

    May 24th, 2024  |  7 mins 43 secs
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    It's time to develop more empathy, maybe even for those we label our enemy.

  • Eclipse Reflections

    April 15th, 2024  |  9 mins 21 secs
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    What lessons we can draw from solar eclipses?

  • The Renewal Of Spring

    March 24th, 2024  |  9 mins 35 secs
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    All around the world people celebrate springtime. The return of warmth and light can make us feel revived and rejuvenated. Smell the flowers, reach up toward the sun, or try some "tree-bathing" by walking through the woods as the buds open. Children seem the most open to the wonder of spring. Let's follow their example and find a way to access this energy and life. You just may be healthier and happier.

  • How To Do Good

    March 8th, 2024  |  8 mins 37 secs
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    We have so little time and there are so many good deeds to do.

  • The Story Of Ethical Culture

    February 23rd, 2024  |  10 mins 54 secs
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    Ethical Culture, a humanist alternative to traditional religion, focuses on doing good in this world. It promotes ethical relationships in which everyone is treated as being of inherent worth.

  • Valentine’s Day

    February 12th, 2024  |  9 mins 20 secs
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    While the traditional romantic paradigm of Valentine’s Day has its charms, maybe it needs revision.

  • Heroes & Drum Majors

    February 2nd, 2024  |  9 mins 29 secs
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    Martin Luther King encouraged us to think boldly enough about ourselves to try to be out front, to be a drum major for justice.

  • The Winter Solstice

    December 15th, 2023  |  12 mins 3 secs
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    This year of 2023, on Thursday, December 21 at exactly 10:27PM, the sun’s rays will shine on the northern hemisphere at their lowest most acute angle.

  • The Spirit Of Giving

    December 15th, 2023  |  9 mins 42 secs
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    What can we do to honor the spirit of giving in a way that uplifts us all?

  • The Golden Rule

    December 1st, 2023  |  10 mins 12 secs
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    Is the Golden Rule overly idealistic and vague? Don’t we have to consider the issue of power?

  • Deadly Sins

    November 18th, 2023  |  9 mins 21 secs
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    Do we really need to worry obsessively about deadly sins and the damnation they bring? Or should we nurture moderation and goodness in that is a part of human nature? Hugh Taft-Morales suggests that we stop flagellating ourselves and focus more on sharing the good things in life with millions of people struggling to survive.

  • Wonder

    November 3rd, 2023  |  8 mins 56 secs
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    Experiencing wonder in nature can lead to feeling both insignificant and connected to everything. Does that help us live more fully?

  • The Fragility Of Goodness

    October 20th, 2023  |  10 mins 3 secs
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    How do we open up without being crushed or retreating into self-centeredness?