Welcome to The Northern Virginia Ethical Society
"Act so as to bring out the best in others, and thereby in yourself"
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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" 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
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are 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.