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    • Sunday, January 20, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Bill Farrar is the director of strategic communications or the ACLU of Virginia. He is a member of the affiliate’s leadership team and oversees all external communications, including media relations, social media, content marketing, publications, and outreach. He leads ACLU-VA’s legislative program, works in coalition on the death penalty and solitary confinement, and is the affiliate’s leading advocate on police practices and other aspects of criminal justice reform. He is most passionate about the First Amendment, LGBT rights, and police practices reform. Bill has extensive experience in journalism, public relations, local and state government, and is a former full-time faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    • Monday, January 21, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201


    Dear Members and Friends, 

    The Volunteer Committee is pleased to announce we will be volunteering at the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 21st (MLK Day). We will be volunteering for the Arlington Rotary Cub to make fleece blankets in support of ASPIRE: After school Learning. (No sewing skills are required).

    The day begins at 8:30am and ends at 12 noon. It is open to ALL ages; however children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

    The event is being held at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. (1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201) 

    Brad May (who lives in Vienna) will be providing transportation for anyone who needs it. Riders should meet at his house at 7:30am. His address is 219 Tapawingo Rd, Vienna Va 22180. There is plenty of street parking near his house.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please email Brad May at by 6:00pm this Tuesday, January 15th, and he will register you for the event. If you decide to volunteer after Tuesday, please register yourself at this website:

    If you would like a ride to the event please let Brad know via email. 

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering, and have a great day. 

    The Volunteer Committee

    • Thursday, January 31, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA, 22180, us

    While Adler’s thought was inspired by Immanuel Kant and G. W. Friedrich Hegel, he developed his own philosophy and intellectual grounding for human worth.  Come learn more about Adler’s unique ideas and how they continue to influence Ethical Culture today.

    • Friday, February 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, February 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 601 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230


    Spend the night at the museum!

    What is Camp-In?

    Camp-In is a one-night overnight program that combines an indoor, overnight adventure with exciting, interactive science education. All Camp-In events include IMAX and planetarium shows, hands-on engineering workshops and activities, a live demonstration in the MSC theater, and time to explore many of the museum’s interactive exhibits. An evening snack, a light breakfast, and a participation patch for each child are also included. Check-In begins at 5:15 PM and the program ends after IMAX in the morning at 9:00 AM.

    The cost is $47.00 per person for adults and children. Cost includes IMAX and planetarium shows, three hands-on workshops, time to explore exhibits, an evening snack, a light breakfast, a participation patch, and the chance to spend a night in the museum!

    Get More Info by Clicking HERE

    • Sunday, February 03, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Since 2011 I have attended annual meetings of the International Humanist and Ethical Union as a voting representative for the American ethical Union (NoVES’ National Organization).  My encounters with fellow humanists from around the world enriched my understanding of the problems faced by humanists in other countries and the challenges of supporting their freedom of expression.  Participation in the IHEU also allowed me to celebrate humanist fellowship and experience the power of organized humanism.   I will share my adventures and experiences in this presentation.

    • Monday, February 04, 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Ballroom 700 E Main St Richmond, VA 23219


    Join Moms Demand Action for their 2019 Virginia Advocacy Day! Come talk with your legislators about gun violence legislation being considered during this year's General Assembly Session. Logistics and additional information will be provided upon RSVP from the Moms Demand Action team. Come make your voice heard!

    Note: Moms Demand Action will offer free transportation to Richmond from Northern Virginia and Charlottesville. You MUST RSVP directly to them via the link above to reserve your free seat on the bus. We will convene as a group prior to our legislator visits in the Pocahontas building.

    I have added a registration button for this event.  After you RSVP to Moms Demand Action, register here so I may compile a list of NOVES members and friends that will be attending. 

    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 22180

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, it is time to think about the meaning of love.  Is it bound by culture?  Is it a necessary human characteristic? Where does it come from and what does it mean?  Come dive into Love.

    • Saturday, February 16, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 415 Windover Ave NW, Vienna, VA 22180

    A Celebration of Life for Roberta (Bobbie) Deihl
    September 9, 1943 – November 7, 2018

    NoVES will hold a Celebration of Life Service for Roberta (Bobbie) Deihl, a longtime NoVES member, who died on November 7, 2018.  Bobbie was 75 years old.

    This event will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 16th, at Green Hedges School, 415 Windover Ave NW, Vienna, VA 22180.  

    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Dr. Itoro Ibia    

    The topic of suicide has been more prominent in the news in the past few years with a new report from the CDC on the increasing rates of suicide. The CDC now says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults but also the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 14. What many people do not know is that many who kill themselves represent people "you'd never expect to struggle upon first glance". Mental health conditions which often lead to suicide happen regardless of race, culture, gender or socioeconomic status. There is therefore a great need to recognize the signs of mental illness and help people access the care and support they need as quickly and as early as possible.


    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 22180

    People identify with specific groups such as race or ethnic origin.  People may claim multiple identities.  Do some identities confer status and privilege?  Who controls the labels that we use?   Can identity claims be deemed illegitimate?  Is claiming identity an artifact of our tribal past?  Come share and question your concepts of identity.

    • 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

    Wands For Wildlife

    The Sunday School is 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

    • 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

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

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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