We envision a world where Stoics unite and take action to create personal flourishing — across the world, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Why should I join?
The pressure of modernity weighs on all of us. Many people now spend their time working, shopping, and eating alone as atomized consumers with no ethos or creed. Anger and bitter divisiveness permeate our civic discourse. Civic associations are losing a record number of members, tearing apart the fabric of our communities. Our society seems to have become paralyzed in the face of its new challenges.
Who claims to have the answers? All of the wrong people. Traditional religions want to discuss events from thousands of years ago as they ignore the pressing issues of our time. Political leaders espouse the most inflammatory rhetoric to incite rage. New social quasi-religions based on one’s race, gender, or sexual orientation aim to divide our society by focusing on immutable characteristics as a basis for membership instead of one’s character.
We aim higher. Joining Philadelphia Stoa is a chance to meet likeminded practitioners of reason who aim to solve problems facing our world through applied virtue. We seek rational, open-minded people who have a bias to action in making the world a better place, especially those who feel underrepresented in the current state of affairs. Where is your tribe? Seek no further. You’ve come to the right place.
When you join Philadelphia Stoa, you will take part in establishing the renaissance of one of the oldest philosophies in the world. We’re picking up where our forebears left off, and we’ve got a lot of work to do.
If this sounds exciting to you, we invite you to get in touch with us about membership.
Who can join?
Membership is open to anyone eighteen (18) years of age or older who is interested in pursuing the philosophy of Stoicism. We’re looking for people who want to apply virtue to their daily lives, give back to their communities, and stay engaged.
What are the benefits of membership?
Joining Philadelphia Stoa connects you with a diverse group of people who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:
- TAKE PART IN DISCUSSIONS, LECTURES, AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
- CONNECT WITH OTHER STOICS WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD
- FORM DEEP, LIFELONG RELATIONSHIPS BASED ON SHARED VALUES
- EXPAND YOUR LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
- MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
What are the responsibilities of membership?
As a member of Philadelphia Stoa, you will be asked to:
- pay membership dues
- attend meetings and events
- use your skills and talents to make a difference
How can I become a member?
Get to know us. Ask questions. Come to our Stoic events. Learn about our history and philosophy by attending one of our Introduction to Stoicism lectures. When you are ready to join, send us an email expressing your interest. After that, we’ll reply explaining your next steps. Before joining you’ll have an opportunity to meet with our founder, Bill Broadwater.