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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!

General Announcements

1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Do you find value in attending our community events?  Do you know how much work goes on behind the scenes to make each of those events happen?  We could really use some additional volunteer help.  We have all kinds of small activities that would bring you a sense of contributing to the community.  Please contact Melissa Sinclair, President, for more information or if you are interested.   Email  

2. Did you know that you can find the status of your pledge right here on the website.  You need to log into your own account in the upper right corner.

3. If you have a change in your personal data, like address or email, you can help us out by making that change here on our contact list.  This is the data that we use to generate distribution lists and to contact each other.

Ethical Action Update

In honor of Human Rights Day, the American Ethical Union put together a video of folks across the Ethical Culture Movement reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on the 74th anniversary of its publication. Those who participated in this video read the UDHR in their primary language or in a language that they are fluent in. Ultimately, our goal is to showcase the diversity of the Ethical Culture movement; that individuals of all ages, races, genders, and more are welcome to be a part of our community.

You can watch this video here.

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New Bylaws adopted Oct 18, 2020

At our General Membership Meeting on Oct 18, the members present approved changes to the Bylaws that reflect our more gender inclusive attitude. You can view this updated version of our Bylaws in the Members only section.  

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! 

If you are purchasing items from Amazon, please register NoVES as your charity under the Smile Program so NoVES receives a percentage of your purchase amounts.

Clink on the logo to learn more about Ethical Culture, ethical action nationwide, and AEU resolutions on national and global issues.

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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