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    • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 120 Cherry St SE, Vienna, VA 22180
    • 29
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    In 2008 the National Leaders Council produced a one-page contemporary statement on where Ethical Culture/Ethical Humanism stands at the beginning of the 21st century:  2008 National Leaders Council Statement.  Participants will discuss this statement’s contents to assess if it still holds up in the face of today’s challenges.


    • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 44427 Atwater Drive, Ashburn VA
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    Please join members of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society along with other Humanists, Atheists, Freethinkers, and assorted non-theists for Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company in Ashburn, Virginia.  House 6 is owned by NoVES members Marian Arcelay and Rolando Rivera.  It features a variety of beers brewed on the premises.  Come for conversation, games, and camaraderie.  

    • Sunday, September 22, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School
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    Dr. Michael S. Franch is an Ethical Culture leader and Affiliate Minister at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. A historian by training, he has spent most of his career working with the Maryland Medicaid Program. Now a retired old guy. Mike gets around Baltimore as much as possible by bicycle, loves English country dancing, telling stories, singing, and playing the concertina. He is a board member of the Baltimore City Historical Society and of the Green Burial Association of Maryland, which he'd be happy to tell you all about.  He provided the following synopsis of his platform address:

    "I felt sorry for Stephen Miller, a Trump senior policy advisor who I think has some very bad ideas, when commentators, comedians, and ordinary Facebook users ridiculed him for his inept attempt to make himself look less bald. He might deserve criticism for the political views inside his head, but it strikes me as wrong to poke fun at what seems to be his insecurity about what is not on the outside of his head. I'll explore this on September 22nd, when I talk about my three friends, Civility, Empathy, and Humility."

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Dolly Madison Public Library
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    Transcending the boundaries of technology and imagination, Waking Life is a revolutionary breakthrough in film animation. 

    Library address: 1244 Oak Ridge Ave, McLean, Va

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building.

    Join other secular voices in the halls of Congress.  The morning is spent in training on how to be a more effective secular lobbyist. The afternoon is spent visiting members of Congress. 

    The issue under discussion this year is providing effective secular addiction recovery services. 

    registration link: http://www.lobbyday.us/register-now/

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Woodard apartment

    Members may attend open Board meetings with prior notice to President.

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Sky Meadows State Park 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144-0710
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    Join the Navigators for a night of Star Gazing


    Our evening of space exploration begins with a half-hour "Junior Astronomer" program, for children ages 5-12. Immediately following, hear about the importance of dark skies and light conservation, then join volunteer Ambassadors of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for a half-hour multimedia presentation on the latest in the United States' space research. After the presentation, get oriented to the celestial skies with a brief sky tour.

    For the remainder of the program take advantage of Sky Meadows' dark skies by looking at deep space objects through telescopes provided by our Dark Sky volunteers. Have your own telescope? Feel free to bring your scope or binoculars for your own sky exploration.

    Note: Parking fees apply. Entrance gates close one hour after program start time. In the event of rain or clouds, only the "Junior Astronomer" and multimedia presentations will be provided.

    Are you an astronomy enthusiast interested in volunteering for our monthly programs? Contact our park by emailing skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

    Other details

    Extra fee: No.
    Children welcome: Yes.
    Phone: 540-592-3556
    Email Address: SkyMeadows@dcr.virginia.gov



    • Sunday, September 29, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School
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    In this joint platform Leader Randy Best and Andrew Orlans will share their views on the life and thought of the two most radical utopian thinkers of the 1960’s and 1970’s:  Norman O Brown and Herbert Marcuse.  

    They will explore “Eros and Civilization” and "Love’s Body” and discuss what is living in those texts today.  A central issue is whether we work for change from within existing political structures or whether change can only come from outside those structures through new forms of consciousness.  Brown used Romans 12:2 as the epigram for his final book “Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis”:  And be not conformed to this world [be nonconformists];  but be ye transformed  [metamorphose yourselves] by the renewing of your mind.

    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 14811 Dumfries Road Manassas, VA
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    Join Navigators Troop 99 as they pursue their 

    Environmental Badge at this FREE Landfill Event


    Click here for Video of Last Year's Event

    :   PRINCE WILLIAM RECYCLES DAY 

    • Recycling and waste reduction games, activities and prizes

    • Food

    • Landfill tours throughout the day

    • Equipment Displays

    • Face Painting

    • Recycled Art Display


    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vienna Community Center 120 Cherry St SE, Vienna, VA 22180
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    The American Ethical Union’s 2015 annual Assembly focused on Criminal Justice Reform.  The Assembly passed a Criminal Justice Reform resolution on Criminal Justice Reform:  (2015 – Criminal Justice). This resolution will be presented and discussed along with what actions can be taken.


    • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD
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    In the 1920s, Tennessee schoolteacher is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers for teaching evolution instead of creationism. 

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Woodard apartment


    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    In 2016 the American Ethical Union’s annual Assembly focused on Systemic Racism, passing a resolution, Systemic Racism in the United States: 2016 – Systemic Racism in the United States This was followed up on the 2017 Assembly with a resolution on reparations, Toward Repairing the Harm of Racism: 2017 – Toward Repairing the Harm of Racism These two resolutions will be used as an intro into a discussion on Racism and Reparations.


    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Library Location to be determined
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    Can an Atheist become Vice-President? Come and see The Contender, a political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, and Christian Slater. The film focuses on a fictional United States President (played by Bridges) and the events surrounding his appointment of a new Vice President (Allen).  The movie depicts political hardball at its worst.  Discussion will follow the movie showing

    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vienna Community Center 120 Cherry St SE, Vienna, VA 22180
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    The American Ethical Union recently passed two resolutions on the Climate Crisis:

    2014 – Investment Decisions Regarding Climate Change

    2018 – Climate Action

    We will discuss these two resolutions and what steps we can personally take to address the Climate Crisis.


Sunday, September 15, 2019 Ethical Culture - What's In It for Me?
Sunday, September 08, 2019 Voting My Humanist Values Too
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 What role does language have in shaping our thoughts?
Sunday, June 16, 2019 Recognition Sunday
Friday, June 14, 2019 June Humanist Happy Hour!!!
Sunday, June 09, 2019 Questioning the Authority of My Own Assumptions
Sunday, June 02, 2019 ETHICAL GANGS: PURITY AND VIRTUE SIGNALING
Saturday, May 25, 2019 Memorial Weekend Camping Trip
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Membership Meeting
Friday, May 17, 2019 May Humanist Happy Hour!!!
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Penny University: Do individuals need a purpose?
Sunday, May 12, 2019 Frederick Delius's Mass of Life: A musical and philosophical Sunday platform
Sunday, May 05, 2019 2nd Sailing - Navigators ANACOSTIA RIVER TOUR
Sunday, May 05, 2019 1st sailing - Navigators ANACOSTIA RIVER TOUR - BOOKED FULL
Sunday, May 05, 2019 Remembrance Day
Sunday, May 05, 2019 Comparative Religion Tour of the Ekoji Buddhist Temple
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Spring Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Wands For Wildlife
Saturday, April 27, 2019 PUPPET DRESS REHEARSAL
Friday, April 26, 2019 April Humanist Happy Hour!!!
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Humanist Manifestoes
Sunday, April 14, 2019 The ERA: Past, Present and Future, and What you Can Do to Get Ready for the 2020 General Assembly Session
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Morning Meditation
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Experience an Ethical Culture Colloquy
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Annual Stream Cleanup - Sunday School Service Project
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Morning Meditation
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 Penny University: Is Lying Bad?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Anger: Women, Men, and Me Too / Member Pledge Lunch to follow.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Morning Meditation
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Humanist Clergy Discussion
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase
Sunday, March 24, 2019 Touching Heart - Art of Giving Workshop
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Ethical Culture After Adler: Pragmatism Philosophy’s Influence
Sunday, March 17, 2019 Traveling Players Ensemble's performance of The Merchant of Venice
Sunday, March 17, 2019 Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Sunday, March 17, 2019 Morning Meditation
Friday, March 15, 2019 March Humanist Happy Hour!!!
Friday, March 15, 2019 Support the Youth Climate Strike!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Penny University: What is Identity?
Sunday, March 10, 2019 The Problem of Gerrymandering – What We Can Do To Fix A Rigged System
Sunday, March 10, 2019 Morning Meditation
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Randy Best: My Adventures in International Humanism
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Comparative Religion Tour of the Rajdhani Mandir Temple
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Morning Meditation
Sunday, February 24, 2019 SUICIDE: A Growing Public Health Crisis
Sunday, February 17, 2019 Homage to Bob Dylan Festival
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Memorial for Bobbie Deihl
Friday, February 15, 2019 Inaugural Humanist Happy Hour!!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Penny University: What is Love?
Sunday, February 10, 2019 Darwin Day - Banana Splits
Sunday, February 10, 2019 Charles Darwin: Between the Beagle and the Bombshell
Sunday, February 10, 2019 Morning Meditation At NoVES
Monday, February 04, 2019 Richmond Lobby Day with Moms Demand Action
Sunday, February 03, 2019 Winter Festival
Friday, February 01, 2019 Navigators Camp-In at the Maryland Science Center
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Felix Adler’s Philosophy and Religious Ideas
Sunday, January 27, 2019 Amanda Poppei: All in the Family
Monday, January 21, 2019 Volunteering with ASPIRE on MLK day
Sunday, January 20, 2019 Death Penalty, Solitary confinement and Prison Reform
Wednesday, January 09, 2019 Penny University: Does the Moral Arc of the Universe Bend Toward Justice?
Sunday, January 06, 2019 Randy Best: Cosmic Creation Story
Sunday, December 23, 2018 Comparative Religion Field Trip - Holy Eucharist at The National Cathedral
Sunday, December 16, 2018 Think Globally, Act Locally
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Penny University: Is technology changing our relations with others?
Sunday, December 09, 2018 Moms Demand Action
Sunday, December 02, 2018 The Moral Necessity of Geo-Engineering
Sunday, December 02, 2018 Comparative Religion Tour of the ADAMS Center
Monday, November 19, 2018 Penny University: Post-Election Processing
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Stone Salad
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Non-theist, Humanist, Atheist, Agnostic, Deist - what do these terms mean and do any of them fit you?
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Christian Hayden - Creating Community: Finding the “Us” in Poetry
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Comparative Religion Tour of Temple Beth Torah
Saturday, November 10, 2018 Star Gazing - Weather Permitting
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Trick or Treat for SOCKTOBER!
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Bart Worden - Living Positively: How Ethical Humanism helps navigate troubled waters
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Navigators ANACOSTIA RIVER TOUR
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Parent Orientation Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Edgar Aranda-Yanoc - Access to drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants and proposed changes to the public charge rule and its impact on immigrant access to nutrition and healthcare programs
Saturday, October 20, 2018 90 Min Workshop: How to Raise Children's Resilience, Self-Esteem, and Motivation
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Felix Adler and the Founding of Ethical Culture Course
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Ernest Solar - Finding Calm, Experience the Moment
Sunday, October 07, 2018 Randy Best - Embracing the Turn
Saturday, October 06, 2018 Star Gazing - Weather Permitting
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 Penny University: What is the role of reason in the decisions you make in your life?
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Rachel Bailey - The Concept of YUCK
Saturday, September 29, 2018 AEU Skills Summit 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018 Dr. Anne Klaeysen - Undone By Women
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Capitol Steps - NoVES
Sunday, September 16, 2018 June Tangney - Shame and Guilt: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Penny University: Has political polarization stifled democracy?
Sunday, September 09, 2018 Leader Randy Best: Voting Our Humanist Values
Saturday, September 08, 2018 Star Gazing - Weather Permitting
Sunday, September 02, 2018 End of Summer Family Picnic
Saturday, July 28, 2018 Geocaching at Mason Neck State Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018 The Red Stone - A film by Ahmad Damen
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Membership Meeting - Recognition Sunday
Sunday, June 10, 2018 The Effects of Inadequate Mental Health Care for Black and Minority Communities
Sunday, June 10, 2018 ACLU Membership Conference
Thursday, June 07, 2018 AEU Assembly
Sunday, June 03, 2018 I MISS ARGUING WITH FRIENDS: CRITICAL REASONING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
Sunday, June 03, 2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta - NoVES Navigators
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 25, 2018 Future of Ethical Societies 2018 Conference
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Penny University Discussion Series- What is the value of Human Life?
Sunday, May 13, 2018 The Better Angels of Our Intelligence: CIA and the Need to be Good
Sunday, May 06, 2018 Cirque Du Soleil - LUZIA
Sunday, May 06, 2018 Memorial Clare Schwartz
Sunday, May 06, 2018 Good Intentions are Simply Not Enough - Randy Best
Friday, May 04, 2018 An Overview of Ethical Humanism History and Philosophy
Sunday, April 29, 2018 The Children Are Our Future presented by NoVES DEE, Kimberly Nyilasi
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2018 LOBBY DAY & SECULAR VALUES SUMMIT
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 2018 Lobby Day and Secular Values Summit
Sunday, April 22, 2018 Standing at a Moral Crossroads by NoVES Leader Randy Best
Sunday, April 22, 2018 Earth Day Stream Cleanup - Sunday School April Service Project
Saturday, April 21, 2018 BOOK GROUP- The Things They Carried
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Penny University Discussion Series- What is Truth?
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Pledge Meeting
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Compassion and Justice: How the American Ethical Union plans to bring ethics to life
Saturday, April 14, 2018 March for Science
Sunday, April 08, 2018 Spring Festival
Saturday, April 07, 2018 Memorial Service Richard Risk
Saturday, April 07, 2018 Secular Social Justice 2018
Sunday, April 01, 2018 Closed for Spring Break
Sunday, March 25, 2018 We Should All Be Protesters
Saturday, March 24, 2018 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES 3/24/2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Reproductive Health: Stories From The Field
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Penny University Discussion Series- Is Meritocracy Morally Justified?
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Women Back to the Future-Nevertheless She Persisted!
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Songs in the Key of Free: Music as a Healing Force
Saturday, March 10, 2018 Science Moms
Monday, March 05, 2018 Loudoun Love Your Neighbor - Hope Not Hate
Sunday, March 04, 2018 Feet of Clay by Leader Randy Best
Thursday, March 01, 2018 NoVES Movie Screening - [the listening heart] - MARCH 1
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Penny University Discussion Series- Are vast gaps in wealth and economic resources in America justified?
Sunday, February 25, 2018 Navigators - Structural Design Meeting
Sunday, February 25, 2018 The Challenge and Opportunity of Global Connectedness
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Article Discussion Meeting Feb 21st Oakton, VA
Sunday, February 18, 2018 NOVES Ribbon Cutting Party - LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR - The Orange Ribbon Campaign
Sunday, February 18, 2018 What Being American Means to Me
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Sunday Philosophy Discussion Group
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Valentine's Cards for Sale to Benefit Kakenya's Dream
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Darwin Day - Banana Splits
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Secular Values Voter - Mobilizing a Voting Bloc in 2018 and Beyond- Sarah Levin
Sunday, February 04, 2018 Valentine's Cards for Sale to Benefit Kakenya's Dream
Sunday, February 04, 2018 How Fragile is American Democracy? - Randy Best
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Book Group Discussion- The Left Hand of Darkness
Sunday, January 28, 2018 Courage for the Resistance...and the Relationships. - Amanda Poppei
Sunday, January 21, 2018 Winter Festival
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Penny University Discussion Series-Is War Justified?
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 NoVES Multicultural Open Mic
Sunday, January 14, 2018 Challenging Social Legacy To Unlock Human Potential
Sunday, January 07, 2018 The Year in Review - Randy Best
Sunday, December 31, 2017 Closed for New Years
Sunday, December 24, 2017 Closed for Holidays
Sunday, December 17, 2017 Humanism's Farther Reaches
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Caffe Amouri Philosophical Discussion Series
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Learning to Listen
Sunday, December 03, 2017 Towards Utopia - Randy Best
Sunday, November 19, 2017 Stone Salad Celebration
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Caffe Amouri Philosophical Discussion Series
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Ethics and Identity Politics
Sunday, October 29, 2017 Enemies and Empathy
Sunday, October 22, 2017 Rocket Competition
Sunday, October 22, 2017 Transgender Advocacy
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Using White Privilege for Black Benefit
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Caffe Amouri Philosophical Discussion Series
Sunday, October 08, 2017 Open and Accountable Science and Policy: the Role of Ethics, Biases, and Beliefs
Sunday, October 01, 2017 Purity and Intolerance
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Canoeing
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Sunday Platform: Asian Americans and Deconstructing The Model Minority Myth
Saturday, September 23, 2017 NoVES Book Club
Sunday, September 17, 2017 Sunday Platform: The Ethics of Harry Potter
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Stargazing
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Sunday Platform: LIVING AS A HUMANIST - ABROAD AND AT HOME
Sunday, September 03, 2017 Summer Picnic
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Candlelight Vigil

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