Northern Virginia Ethical Society

"Act so as to bring out the best in others, and thereby in yourself"
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Welcome to NoVES!

We are a humanist congregation that practices Ethical Culture, a movement begun in 1876 by Felix Adler.
The mission of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society is to bring out the best in others and thereby in ourselves, strengthen our relationships with one another, and build a more humane world by offering a program that promotes ethical growth and learning, builds and sustains community and implements ethical action beyond our Society.

We invite you to visit us on a Sunday morning.  You might find the kind of caring, welcoming community you didn't even know was out there - just waiting for you to become part of it!

Leader, Randy Best, and Director of Ethical Education, Kimberly Nyilasi featured on Communicating Today speaking about the Northern Virginia Ethical Society. 

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Upcoming Badge Opportunities

Navigators Troop 99 has a busy Fall filled with numerous Badge Opportunities!  Scouts will be pursuing their Environmental and Conservation Badges with dual events on back to back weekends in October.  First, a trip to a local Landfill and second, an educational cruise on the Anacostia River.  Scouts will also get to tackle their Design Badge and hone their STEM skills as they build a Puppet Theatre for the NOVES Sunday School Puppeteers this November!  Holiday time brings a chance to earn their Cooking Badge and spend time together in spirit of the season!  Early 2019 is also taking shape and we are excited to offer a Camp-In opportunity at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  

Please check out the NOVES Calendar and register for these Badge Opportunities today!

Sunday School Happenings

Happy Socktober!
This Sunday, the Sunday School students executed the Second Service Project of the school year, a Sock Drive for #Socktober  They donned their Halloween Costumes and "trick or treated" the Society members for warm socks for the homeless.  The Members of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society were generous in their support of the Sunday School's efforts and......  
What an inspiring community response!  We received 85 pairs of Men's socks, 49 pairs of Women's socks and 79 pairs of socks for babies and children.  Plus 2 pairs of leggings.   
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this drive.   Your donations not only help the local homeless during the Winter months, but they also help to teach our children a valuable lesson about performing intentional acts of community service.

What do our members say about NoVES?  Read our Member Testimonials and find out!


Sunday Lunch Discussion Group

Want to keep the conversation going? Meet us at a local restaurant for lunch at 1:00 PM after the platform. Join our Meetup group to get the latest details.

Volunteers Needed

  • Do you enjoy weddings? Consider being a NoVES officiant. Contact Randy Best if interested.
  • Do you have time to spare to deliver a meal, provide a ride, or just be a companion to a fellow member in need? If so, contact Iris Woodard with the Caring Committee.
  • Want to learn more about our website? Do you have a passion for mass emails? Please follow up with the Communications Committee to join our web team! 

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Directions to Sunday Platform

Green Hedges School

415 Windover Avenue NW

Vienna, VA

Driving Directions: Take the Nutley Street North exit from Route I-66.  At the fourth light, cross Maple Avenue (Route 123) and start watching your odometer.  At 0.2 miles, you will see a driveway with “Watch for Turning Vehicles” and “Green Hedges” signs.  There will also be an Ethical Society sign next to the driveway.  Turn right into the driveway, park in the lot, and take the nearest entrance into the building.

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