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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Navigator News

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!

Sunday School Students have continued their efforts to model the motto, "Deed Before Creed", this Spring.  On March 24th,  we joined forces with the Touching Heart Organization and the members of NOVES to make blankets for Fairfax County Foster Care. You can read more about this event on my blog.  Also, the Annual Stream Cleanup was help on April 7th in Falls Church, VA.  Many students wore their rubber boots and waded thru the cold mud to fill several bags with trash and help protect our Earth.  We also concluded the year long Wands for Wildlife Campaign at Spring Festival.  The Sunday School collected and mailed off 122 wands donated by the members of NOVES.  These wands are used by The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge to help care for baby animals.

"We should teach our children nothing which they shall ever need to unlearn;  We should strive to transmit to them the best possessions, the truest thought, the noblest sentiments of the age in which we live. "                                                   -Felix Adler

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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