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. 

Weekly Platforms

Upcoming Events

Navigator News

3rd Annual Badge Ceremony

Navigators Troop 99 has been active for 3 1/2 years now.  This past Sunday at the NOVES Winter Festival, we held our 3rd Annual Badge Ceremony and Fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone who donated in support of our troop!  IF you wish to see more, please visit our NOVES FB Page and enjoy the compilation video of our 2018 Scout activities.

Sunday School Happenings

What do parents do while the kids are in Sunday School?
While your children are in class expanding their minds and hearts, what is there for you to do?  The Northern Virginia Ethical Society puts on a new and unique platform talk every Sunday for members, guests and parents.  The Platform Committee, of which I am a member, strives to bring in speakers of topics that are of interest to all adults seeking to grow and learn each week.  Parenting is one of the most complex interpersonal relationships we have and a tremendous opportunity for personal growth.  This year's platform topics have been full of tools, tips and tricks for how to be a better parent (Rachel Bailey 9/30), how to look differently at the way we (and our kids) are driven by shame and guilt (Dr. June Tangney 9/16), how to find calm in life's busy moments (Ernest Solar 10/14) and how to be activists for our children's safety (Moms Demand Action 12/9).  In addition, Ethical Culture Leaders give talks on our Humanist Values and how we can use them to navigate our lives (Bart Worden 10/28), inform our vote (Randy Best 9/9) and drive our activism (Member Panel - Think Globally, Act Locally 12/16).  

A lineup of future platforms is available on our Facebook Page,                                      and on our Events Page

Past platforms are on FB Live and Soundcloud.  

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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