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
Youth Programs
Ethical Action
Stone Salad Festival
Winter Festival
End of Summer Picnic 2017
Multicultural Open Mic Night
Sunday Platforms
Live Music at Sunday Platform
Sunday School Ethical Quilt
March for Our Lives
Service Projects

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

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We are on Summer Break! Regular platforms will continue in September. Keep an eye on upcoming events for summer activities. 

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! 

Sunday School Happenings

Wands for Wildlife
Even though The Northern Virginia Ethical Society doesn't meet in the Summer, your Sunday School Team is hard at work planning a great school year!  Ethical Sunday School students undertake at least 1 service project every month.  We use our labor, our creativity,  and our collective effort to make our world a better place while acting out our ethical culture values.  This year, we are asking for your help in collecting Wands for Wildlife.  We know that you will need time to use up this household item so we are asking you to clean out your makeup drawers and use up your current cosmetics over the next few months.  From September thru Earth Day, we will be collecting your old mascara wands for a mass shipment in April to support the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge's Wands for Wildlife Campaign.  Read more about the program thru the links below:
Click Here for Webpage
Click Here for Video

Navigator News

GEOCACHING 101 with the Navigators

The NOVES NaviGATORS visited a lovely local state park in Lorton, VA called Mason Neck State Park and earned their Geocaching Badge!  5 scouts, 2 leaders and 1 pampered pooch participated in a free Geocaching class and expedition.  GPS devices were provided and 2 informative State Park Interpreters took us on a long hike thru the park.  We found 3 Geocaches, signed the log book, and exchanged some trinkets.  It was like modern day treasure hunting!

This is a fun way to get outside and enjoy nature!  If you would like to learn more about Geocaching, please visit this website for an informative video and links to an extensive FAQ section!  Find your own buried treasure today!

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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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