Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES)

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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


Multicultural Open Mic Evening 

NoVES Open Mic evening of songs and international poetry and book extract reading at the Reston VA Public Library 1/17/18.

This was the first of a new series of weekday evening NoVES Adult Enrichment events.

Penny University Ethical Discussion Series 

This Winter and Spring 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!

Thursday, January 18th   7-8 PM

Is War Justified?

Is the loss of life and devastation associated with War justified?  What
makes War justified?  Are there good Wars and bad Wars?  Are the ends
achieved by War achievable by other means?

Thursday, February 15th   7-8 PM
Are vast gaps in wealth and economic resources in America justified?
There is an increasing gap between the richest Americans and the rest of society.  Recent economic policies have increased this gap.  The top 1% has more wealth than the bottom 90%. Is this appropriate?  Is it sustainable?  Should economic policies be changed to address this situation?
Thursday, March 15th    7-8 PM

Is Meritocracy Morally Justified?

There are differences in abilities and talent between individuals.  Are
those with greater ability entitled to success due to their greater
abilities?  Are they obligated to share the fruits of their success with
those with less ability?

Thursday, April 19th    7-8 PM

What is Truth?

Is truth something that is absolute or is it relative?  How do we identify truth?  Is truth something that is agreed upon or does it exist independent of our interpretation?  Is it even possible to know what is true?

Thursday, May 17th    7-8 PM

What is the value of Human Life?

Does human life have special value?  Should humans be treated as more important than non-human animals?  How should human life be valued when determining social policy?  How much should America sacrifice to save lives in developing countries?  What steps should be taken for people who will be displaced by sea level rise?

Directions to Caffe Amouri
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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