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!

Platform Update

We are happy to be offering in-person meetings starting October 3rd. However, we still have concerns about the health of our members and visitors. We ask that all who attend our platforms be fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. No food will be served.  A Zoom link will also be provided so that those wishing to attend remotely may do so.

Freedom for Reproductive Rights for Women

In 1991 the American Ethical Union passed a resolution supporting the rights    of women to have freedom of choice about their own body.  It can be found      here:  

In the shadow of discussions taking place at the Supreme Court, NoVES    affirms that right of women.  The Bill of Rights of the US Constitution  guarantees to each individual the right to personal autonomy, meaning that a  person's decisions are not the purview of the government, be it the State or  Federal government. Women should be allowed to make their own decisions  about their reproductive status.  Abortion remains the right of the pregnant  woman to decide and to obtain without fear of legal reprisal. 

What you can do:  It is allowable and effective to write letters to the nine  judges who sit on the Supreme Count - especially the five who appear to be  poised to make the most exalted judicial body in the land into the appearance  of a politically oriented court, ignoring the will of the majority of citizens.  

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3rd Annual Family Camping Trip

Navigators Troop 99 went on their 3rd Annual Family Camping Trip Memorial Day Weekend 2019.  8 families gathered together at The Sweetspot in Hume VA for a long weekend of family, fun and friendship....and a few thunderstorms! 

Please enjoy the summary video below!

If you wish to learn more about our troop, please visit our NOVES FB Page 

Sunday School Happenings

Deed Before Creed

Ethical Culture is premised on the idea that honoring and living in accordance with Ethical Principles is central to what it takes to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and to creating a world that is good for all.  Ethical Culturists focus on supporting one another in becoming better people and on doing good in the world.  Sunday School students learn  to practice these values EARLY and OFTEN!

This year, Sunday School Students have continued their efforts to model the motto, "Deed Before Creed".  On September 29th, the Sunday School students formed an efficient assembly line and made 120 sandwiches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.  We also packed 60 brown bags full of nutritious snacks and bottled water.  Some of the students even volunteered to personally deliver these meals to the shelter in Reston after classes that day.  All of the children were so excited to don their rubber gloves and get busy helping others.  They said they would do this every Sunday!!

On October 27th, they came to class in their Halloween costumes to "trick or treat" for the troops on behalf of Operation Gratitude.  We collected 21 letters and postcards, 63 tubes of chapstick, 38 sticks of deodorant, 44 batteries, 51 packs of gum/mints, 35 decks of cards, 23 mechanical pencils, 39 beef jerky sticks, 23 packs of hand sanitizers, 8 bottles of powder, 2 tubes of lotion, 2 packages of trail mix, 3 pairs of socks, 2 winter hats ans 2 crossword puzzle books.  Plus, the children donated 10% of their candy haul from their neighborhood trick or treat - 20 pounds of candy to be exact!

Stay tuned to see what new service we have planned for 2020!

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


New Bylaws adopted Oct 18, 2020

At our General Membership Meeting on Oct 18, the members present approved changes to the Bylaws that reflect our more gender inclusive attitude. You can view this updated version of our Bylaws in the Members only section.  

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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