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    • Sunday, March 24, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School 415 Windover Ave NW, Vienna, VA 22180

    Allison Gallagher, Outreach Director of the Touching Heart Organization, will be leading our society thru an Art of Giving Workshop. Participants will learn about issues that local kids in need face everyday.  Participants will then work together on a service project, so they can understand how easy it is to help someone in need and gain a desire to have a positive impact on the world.  As a group, we will be assembling 12 fleece blankets to be donated to children in the local foster care system. Please join us to learn more about this great organization and to help us model "deed before creed" as a society.

    Touching Heart Website

    Touching Heart believes our children will shape the future of our world. That is why we aim to equip every child we encounter with the tools to be compassionate and loving leaders of tomorrow. Through our Art of Giving Workshops, youth of all ages learn how they can make a difference by sacrificing their time and energy to help those living in less fortunate circumstances. Looking to the future, we hope to see a world of people who care for one another, are willing to sacrifice for the greater good and teach their children the importance of turning their compassion into action!  

    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Heritage High School 520 Evergreen Mills Rd SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 7750 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

    NoVES Members and Friends, 

    You are invited to attend a discussion forum at the conclusion of the upcoming Humanist Collaboratory on Tuesday, March 26th at the Washington Ethical Society from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

    Join leaders of the 2nd Humanist Clergy and Organizers Collaboratory for a conversation about what they discovered during their time together. To whom does humanism belong? How do our identities impact our experience of humanism? What could a multicultural, intersectional humanism look like? Hear our answers...and add your own! Open to anyone interested in engaging in the humanism of the future. 

    Details about the event can be found here:

    • Sunday, March 31, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges

    There’s a lot of anger in America these days, from the anger that fueled Trump’s election to the anger of the #MeToo movement to the anger of street protests.  Where does this anger come from?  Where will take us?  What do you do with it? Reflecting on Rebecca Traister’s new book,Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, Hugh Taft-Morales explores the history of anger and how it is manifesting in women, men, and himself.

    After the platform Members will gather for a pledge drive lunch. 

    • Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 22180

    What makes lying acceptable?  Conversely, is telling the truth always a good thing?  What is the relationship between lying and trustworthiness?  IF a liar says that they are lying are they telling the truth?  Come help me explain my way out of this mess.

    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Falls Church, VA

    Sunday April 7th is our Annual Stream Cleanup!

    Lets get those ethical kids outside and take care of the Earth by cleaning up a local stream. 


    Do not report to Sunday School at Green Hedges that day.  Instead wear some rubber boots and old clothes and go directly to the great outdoors with your child at 10:30 am.  (Location will be sent via email) 

    Trash bags, rubber gloves and a pizza lunch will be provided by your hosts, The Ballandersons.  Please register so we know how much pizza to order.

    *Bringing a clean, dry change of clothes is recommended, including socks*

    • Sunday, April 14, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges

    VAratifyERA is a single-issue, aggressively nonpartisan, all-volunteer, grassroots campaign with the sole purpose of getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified in Virginia.

    Our presenter Lisa Sales is the Mount Vernon District Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Commission for Women, and the Co-Chair of the Policy Committee for the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Policy Council.  

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Vienna Community Center

    When the first Humanist Manifesto was promulgated in 1933, Modern Humanism was a new religious and philosophical idea.  This was followed by the Humanist Manifesto II in 1973, the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Amsterdam Declaration (on Humanism) in 2002, and the Humanist Manifesto III in 2003 (Humanism and its Aspirations).  These brief statements (included in links above) will be examined to see how humanist ideas have evolved over time, noting differences and common ideas.  Copies will also be provided at the course. Come and learn about the historical changes to humanist ideas.

    • Sunday, April 28, 2019

    Wands For Wildlife 

    The Sunday School NEEDS YOUR HELP!

    Ethical Sunday School students undertake at least 1 service project every month. We use our labor, our creativity, and our collective effort to make our world a better place while acting out our ethical culture values. This year, we are asking for your help in collecting Wands for Wildlife. We know that you will need time to use up this household item so we are asking you to clean out your makeup drawers and use up your current cosmetics over the next few months. From September thru Earth Day, we will be collecting your old mascara wands for a mass shipment in April to support the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge's Wands for Wildlife Campaign. Please spread the word to your family and friends! Appalachian Wildlife Refuge​

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    • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6500 Lakehaven Lane Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039

                                   Click here for more information on the Temple 

    Comparative Religion Students will be touring the Ekoji Buddhist Temple on Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 am.  This is one of several tours we will be having this year as part of our  World Religion curriculum.  Sunday, May 5th is the date of their monthly Family Service at 10am.  Our entire group will be invited to join them for the service. After service, our students will be asked to help clean the classroom building, and then we will head to their Sunday School to observe the Dharma School classes.

    Please gather out in front of the Temple 10 minutes before 10:00 am .  We will enter as a group and our guide will take us to our seats in the main room.  

    Please check out their website with your student. 

    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Diamond Teague Park. 100 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Join Navigators Troop 99 on this free educational boat tour, funded solely by the District's disposable bag fee.  Hear about the river's history, wildlife, environmental threats and the solutions that are helping it realize its full potential 

    The Anacostia River is an 8.5 mile long tidal river within the Anacostia watershed. The Anacostia watershed is 176 square miles and includes parts of the District, and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Nearly one million people live in this watershed, either directly on the Anacostia River or on one of the many streams that connect to it. Whatever happens in any of these streams and communities affects the Anacostia River. 

    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Diamond Teague Park. 100 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Join Navigators Troop 99 on this free educational boat tour, funded solely by the District's disposable bag fee.  Hear about the river's history, wildlife, environmental threats and the solutions that are helping it realize its full potential 

    The Anacostia River is an 8.5 mile long tidal river within the Anacostia watershed. The Anacostia watershed is 176 square miles and includes parts of the District, and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Nearly one million people live in this watershed, either directly on the Anacostia River or on one of the many streams that connect to it. Whatever happens in any of these streams and communities affects the Anacostia River. 

    • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 22180

    A life of purpose is the purpose of life?  Is it?  Is purpose necessary for life to have meaning?  Does having a purpose contain moral judgements about those who may not share your purpose or any purpose at all?  Perplexed?  Come untangle a life of purpose.

    • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    • Saturday, May 25, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Monday, May 27, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Sweetspot Sweet Spot Lane, Hume, VA 22639

    The Navigators are going camping!  If you wish to join us, please contact DEE, Kimberly Nyilasi and she will inquire for space at the campground.  Please check out the listing for more details

     The Sweetspot  

    • Sunday, June 16, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

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
Saturday, October 13, 2018 PRINCE WILLIAM RECYCLES DAY 2018 - Free Landfill Event
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 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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