Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES)

Adult Enrichment 

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"The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect." 

Felix Adler, Founder of Ethical Culture

NoVES Book Club

The Book Group will meet monthly, starting up again after the holidays on February 3. Titles that have been discussed or will likely be discussed later in the year are pictured below. If interested, contact


Penny University Ethical Discussion Series 

This Fall NoVES Leader Randy Best will continue to facilitate the Penny University discussion series at Caffe Amouri in Vienna (107 Church St NE, Vienna, see map on right). 
Contact Randy if you have any questions.  All are welcome!


Wednesday, September 4th   7-8 PM

What role does language have in shaping our thoughts?

Do you think in words?  Images?  Some of both?  If our thoughts are experienced and expressed through our language, does language constrain thought and expression?  How were our thoughts shaped before we acquired language?  Come consider these questions with others.

Wednesday, October 16th   7-8 PM

What is your internal narrative?

We live our entire waking life immersed in our inner experiences (thoughts, feelings, sensations) – internal private phenomena, for us, inaccessible to others.  What is the nature of our inner experience – our internal narrative.  Is my inner experience structured the same way as your inner experience?  Just what are the voices and processes in our heads anyway? Come and share your inner experience.

Wednesday, November 13th    7-8 PM

How do our expectations effect our experience of Reality?

Individual perception of the world around us is inherently unreliable.  Expectations can limit our perceptions.  Often, we see what we want to see.  Expectations can also limit our understanding.  Come and discuss the limitations and biases of our perceptions.

Wednesday, December 11th    7-8 PM

How Does your name affect your life?

If I had been a boy named “Sue” would my life be significantly different?  To what extent does my name play a role in determining my self-identity?  How I am perceived by others? Why do some people change the name that they use at different times in their lives?  Come explore “What’s in a name anyway”.

Chorus with kids


Our Chorus is not currently active. When active, the chorus regularly performed at Platform meetings.  

Questions? Contact Adult Enrichment Committee

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