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
Multicultural Open Mic Night
Sunday Platforms
Live Music at Sunday Platform
Sunday School Ethical Quilt
March for Our Lives
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 April 29th

"The Children are our Future" with NoVES Director of Ethical Education Kimberly Nyilasi

Music: Andrew Kalukin

Charity: Pathfinder International

Recent Platforms

Bart Worden, AEU Executive Director, presented "Compassion and Justice: How the American Ethical Union plans to bring ethics to life."

James Croft, Outreach Director of the St. Louis Society presented "We Should All Be Protesters." 

NoVES member Dr. Elham Hassen presented "Reproductive Health: Stories From The Field" about her experiences working in reproductive health in Africa.

Check them out on SoundCloud and our Facebook Feed below!

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. Location to be announced.

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.

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.

AEU in the News

Philadelphia and Baltimore Ethical Society Leader Hugh Taft Morales was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post concerning a meeting that took place with members of Philadelphia's clergy and Starbucks' Executive Chairman Howard Schultz and its CEO Kevin Johnson after the incident of racial profiling at a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Future of Ethical Societies 

All humanists ages 18-35 are welcome to attend, you do not need to be a member of FES. Schedule, registration, and scholarship information are available on FES Conference webpage.

Sunday School Happenings

Earth Day Stream Cleanup!
Earth Day is observed in 192 countries, and coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network.  Denis Hayes, chair of this network and original organizer of the 1st Earth Day held in 1970, states Earth Day "is the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.
The NOVES Sunday School students and their Dads celebrated this secular holiday by cleaning up a local stream.  They waded ankle deep in the cold early Spring water and found lots of trash, many bottle caps and even a broken umbrella.  A pizza lunch was held for all who worked so hard to take care of the Earth on her special day. 
For more stories of what activities the Sunday School has been up to, read our blog.

Navigator News

NoVES Troop 99 is participating in the Cardboard Boat Regatta on June 3rd. To learn more about this exciting STEM project and Navigators activities and badges click here.

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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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