Welcome to The 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!

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Wedding Officiants
Ethical Culture
Youth Programs
Ethical Action
Stone Salad Festival
Winter Festival
End of Summer Picnic 2017
Sunday Platforms
Live Music at Sunday Platform
Sunday School Ethical Quilt
Service Projects

" NoVES is my preferred forum for both intellectual discourse and related ethical action based on a humanistic understanding of our physical and social world. The many opportunities for civic action take us beyond just discourse. NoVES is my gateway to lifelong friendships, both locally and globally, with folk seeking to draw out the best in us all. "  -- Govind N.

"NoVES is my Humanist community, inclusive of my whole family. I especially appreciate the wonderful Sunday school which teaches Humanist values and religious studies. I've made life long friends and fond memories here." - Kelly H.

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

Blogs and Articles


    Coming Sunday March 25th

James Croft, Outreach DirectorWe Should All be Protesters with James Croft, Outreach Director, St. Louis Ethical Society

America was founded in protest: a ragtag band of law-breaking protesters gathered their courage and told a king he was wrong. From the start, protest – a form of political questioning – has been integral to the ideal of America. 

 Coming Sunday April 8th  

NoVES Spring Festival

 Our festival theme this year is “creativity” and we are inviting any and all NoVES members and friends to contribute their creative works!

Click here for more information and artwork.

pledge campaign

The 2018-19 Pledge Drive has begun! Members click on the logo at left to link to our pledge form. To see the pledge drive letter click here. NOTE: If you are not a member, you will NOT be able to link to the form. If you are not a member and wish to donate to NoVES, click here.

Join NoVES members and friends in supporting the March for Our Lives.
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From the organizers: "On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today."

The march will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. between 3rd street and 12th street NW. The March will begin at 12:00pm.

We will be meeting up with other secular organizations at Federal Triangle metro stop at 11:40 AM.

If you will be making signs, click here to see some good slogans from the latest protests. 

A Celebration: Richard Risk
Join us on April 7 at Green Hedges School for a celebration of the life of Richard Risk. RSVP to Paul Kerrigan by March 31.

AEU Voices at the Table Fund
Our next American Ethical Union Assembly will be held June 7-10, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have established a Voices at the Table Fund  to help those for whom the financial cost of traveling to, and registering for, the Assembly are prohibitive, particularly younger members, people of color, and other marginalized groups. To donate to the fund click here or make a check out to the American Ethical Union and write “Voices at the Table Fund” in the memo.

Membership Committee Seeking VolunteersAre you a NoVES member looking for a low effort, high impact way to contribute to the society? Look no further, we are seeking volunteers to help with greeting and simple tasks regarding new member induction. Please contact the Membership Committee.

Sunday School Happenings

March is Butterfly Conservation Month at NoVES!
On March 18th, the students of the NoVES Sunday School participated in a planting session. Each student  received a lesson on how plants reproduce and why pollinators are so important to our daily lives and diet.  Then they planted pollinator-friendly seeds in a pot and received instructions on how to care for and love their seedlings at home. At Spring Festival, on April 8th, the students will bring back the seedlings and we will raffle them off to lucky NoVES attendees!  
This Service Project was conceived and executed by two of our teen youth students as part of their Sunday School curriculum.  Great job gentleman!
 To learn more, read our blog.

Previous Platform

NoVES member Dr. Elham Hassen presented "Reproductive Stories from the Field" about her experiences with improving women's lives worldwide. Check it out on our Facebook Feed below!

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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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