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    • Sunday, February 21, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    • (EDT)


    March marks 1 calendar year since the world shut down in response to COVID-19.  We've all had to make a lot of sacrifices this year.  It is important to remember that there are members of our society that have had to face greater hardships than we could imagine.  With this in mind, I've decided we will focus on Empathy in March.  Empathy is about sharing an emotion with another.  It's the ability to understand how someone else is feeling or the situation they are in.  When you feel an emotion along with someone, even if you aren't directly affected, that's Empathy.

    It's easy to take for granted having a roof over your head.  In fact, being quarantined in our homes may make us resent our homes and long for the freedom to leave and wander about in the world.  But that home provides warmth from the cold winter, shelter from the freezing rain and snow, a refrigerator with food for our bellies and running water for drinking and bathing.  These things are easy to overlook because they seem like expected conveniences.  Let's try to imagine how it would feel to live without those things we rely on everyday.

    Here are some ways to put yourself in someone else's shoes:

    1. Build a fort in your home and try to live in it for one day.  Try to eat in there, sleep in there, play a game in there.  Try to fit your whole family in there.  Imagine it has no windows and the ground is mud.

    2. Turn your heat down for 1 day.  FEEL the relentless cold that others may feel every day.  The same cold that the folks in Texas just had to live with during the power outages.  How does it feel to be wearing coats, mittens and scarves all day.

    3. Spend 1 day without using electricity.  No internet, no games, no phone, no tv, no lights, no stove, no microwave, no coffee.  Think about how you would cook your food or see in the dark. 

    4.  Try to use only bottled water for 1 day.  No handwashing, dishes, laundry or bathing. No flushing the toilet.  How many times a day do you think you turn on a faucet and get clean fresh water without even considering what a privilege that is.

    5.  Sit and think about the above 4 suggestions.  Try to imagine what it would be like to be homeless, a refugee or even someone who has been out of work due to COVID and unable to afford to pay the electric or water bill. Think about an average day and how many times you use the conveniences of your home for your personal comfort.  

    CHALLENGE: DON'T JUST THINK - DO SOMETHING! Consider making a donation to a food bank, homeless shelter, COVID relief or refugee organization.  See if you can pay the electric bill or water bill for someone in need in your community.

    • Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • A Virtual Conversation

    COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with the NoVES Community

    When: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:00 AM, EDT


    Dear Members and Friends, 

    Please join me in a ZOOM conference on Tuesday, March 2, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM, for an informal check-in and conversation.

    For this meeting, I invite participants to talk about their grade school or high school experience.

    You do not need to join the call at 10:00, feel free to drop in anytime. The ZOOM invitation is included at the end of this message.

    To join a Zoom meeting, you can go to the Zoom website ( or click on the "Join Zoom Meeting" link in your meeting invitation, where you'll be prompted to run the Zoom app, which you can install via the file that automatically downloads. This will allow you to connect video and sound from your computer or smartphone. You can also dial-in by phone via the phone numbers included in the invitation (audio only).  You will need to use the meeting ID and Password to access the meeting. 

    I look forward to meeting with some of you for COFFEE AT A DISTANCE.

    Yours in Ethical Community,


    Randy Best is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


    Time: Mar 2, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    • Saturday, March 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EST)
    • A Virtual Screening

    NoVES Saturday at the Movies

    When: Saturday, March 7th, 2021 7:00 – 9:30 PM, EDT


    The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) PG-13

     [Adventure, Comedy, Drama]



    The next NoVES Movie Series Discussion event will be held this Saturday. 

    This is a movie showing via Zoom followed by a discussion.  It will start

    by broadcasting the movie so that we may watch it together. The movie

    itself is 1 hour 37 minutes.


    This movie is available on AMAZON Prime.  If you have already seen the movie, you may join the Zoom Meeting at around 8:45 PM to participate in the discussion.


    EVENT DETAILS:  The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) PG-13

    This movie was recommended by a friend.  The preview looked good and it had outstanding reviews. – Randy


    IMDB includes this summary of the movie:


    The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler (32), a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (28), a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey. Written by Lucky Treehouse


    The Zoom link for the movie showing is included below.  I look forward to showing this movie and the discussion.




    Randy Best is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


    Topic: NoVES Saturday at the Movies

    Time: Mar 6, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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    • Sunday, March 07, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • A Virtual Meeting

    Words Matter – Platform by Randy Best

    Words have real world consequences.  My word choices cause reactions in others.  The word choices that I make speak to who I am.  What I say and how I say it matters.  My words can accept responsibility or deflect it.  I will share words about words and offer opportunities for small group exchanges of words about words.  Join the conversation.

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    • Sunday, March 14, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • zoom

    What with achieving my 80th birthday, I look back at where I've come from religiously. I find I'm embarrassed by some things I said way back then, and some things I look at and think, "You know, that's pretty good for a young kid." Would my younger self look at me and say "Way to go!" or would he say "That's all you did?" And if I can ask these questions of myself, you can ask them of yourself. Maybe we'd both come up with interesting answers.

    Michael Franch is a retired Leader of Ethical Culture who now lives in the Baltimore area.

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    • Sunday, March 21, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)

    During this platform Randy & Andrew will discuss world peace and the Peace Pledge

    Meeting ID   824 2912 6324

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    • Sunday, March 28, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • zoom

    Jamie Raskin

    Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district. On January 12, 2021, Raskin was named the lead impeachment manager for the second impeachment of President Trump. He was the primary author of the impeachment article, which charged Trump with inciting an insurrection by sparking the storming of the Capitol.

    As his first action in Congress in 2016, Raskin and several other members of House of Representatives objected to certifying the election of Donald Trump as president because of Russian interference in the election and voter suppression efforts. The objection could not be acted upon because it had to be sponsored by at least one member of each chamber, and it had no Senate sponsor.

    Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Raskin was a member of the Maryland State Senate from 2007 to 2016. Raskin served as general counsel for Jesse Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition (1989 – 1990). He was a constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he co-founded and directed the LL.M. program on Law and Government and co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Raskin received a B.A. from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

    Congressman Raskin’s father, Marcus Raskin, was a staff aide to President John F. Kennedy on the National Security Council, and was a co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies—and his mother, Barbara Raskin, a journalist and novelist.

    Link to zoom call will be added later

    • Sunday, March 28, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • zoom

    Randy will hold a discussion of the presentation of Congressman Jamie Raskin.

    Meeting ID  824 2912 6324

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Sunday, February 28, 2021 Platform Colloquy - Ellen Dinerman
Saturday, February 27, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies: Loving (2016)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, February 21, 2021 Platform - Kimberly Nyilasi
Saturday, February 20, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies: Hidden Figures
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, February 14, 2021 Platform - 10 Commitments of Humanism - Iris Woodard
Saturday, February 13, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, February 07, 2021 Platform: Staying Connected Across the Political Divide - Randy Best
Tuesday, February 02, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, January 31, 2021 Shared platform post discussion
Sunday, January 31, 2021 AEU Shared platform - Replacing Magical Thinking with Rational Discourse
Saturday, January 30, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies: The Intouchables
Friday, January 29, 2021 Game Night - Scattergories
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, January 24, 2021 Platform: Revisiting Felix Adler – Lessons from Life and Destiny by Randy Best
Saturday, January 23, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies: Charlie Wilson's War
Thursday, January 21, 2021 NoVES Community Reflection: After the Inauguration
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, January 17, 2021 Platform MLK Day - Claire Gastanaga, ACLU
Saturday, January 16, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies - The Sapphires
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, January 10, 2021 Winter Festival
Friday, January 08, 2021 Community Discussion
Thursday, January 07, 2021 January Service Challenge
Tuesday, January 05, 2021 NoVES Tea Time with special Guest Doris Justis
Saturday, January 02, 2021 NoVES Saturday at the Movies: Stranger Than Fiction
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Thursday, December 24, 2020 NoVES X-MAS Eve at the Movies: It's a Wonderful Life
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Holiday Sing-Along Part 2
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 A Winter Solstice Resolution on Peace and Non-Violence
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, December 20, 2020 Platform Colloquy
Friday, December 18, 2020 NoVES Friday Evening at the Movies
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, December 13, 2020 Post platform discussion
Sunday, December 13, 2020 Shared Platform Baltimore ES Hugh Taft-Morales
Saturday, December 12, 2020 NoVES Saturday 5 PM at the Movies
Friday, December 11, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, December 06, 2020 Losing My Obsession and Moving On - Randy Best
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 December Service Challenge
Sunday, November 29, 2020 Holiday Sing Along
Sunday, November 29, 2020 No Platform this weekend
Friday, November 27, 2020 NoVES Movie Friday: I AM WOMAN
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, November 22, 2020 Socially Distance walk at Lake Accotink
Sunday, November 22, 2020 Platform - Virtual Stone Salad
Saturday, November 21, 2020 Nov Board meeting
Friday, November 20, 2020 Corrected Invitation: NoVES Friday Evening at the Movies - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Socially distance walking at Ft Ward Park
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, November 15, 2020 Randy Best discussion of Defund Police platform
Sunday, November 15, 2020 AEU Shared Platform - Understanding "Defund the Police" with Alex Vitale
Friday, November 13, 2020 NoVES Friday Evening at the Movies
Thursday, November 12, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, November 08, 2020 Sunday Platform: Where do I go from here? Leader Randy Best
Friday, November 06, 2020 NoVES Friday Evening at the Movies
Thursday, November 05, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 Post-Election Decompression – Reflection on Election Experience
Sunday, November 01, 2020 Protect Our Democracy! led by James Croft 7:30pm
Sunday, November 01, 2020 Platform - Amy Anderson Ethical Etiquette
Sunday, November 01, 2020 November Service Challenge
Friday, October 30, 2020 NoVES Friday Night at the Movies
Thursday, October 29, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Civic Engagement and the 2020 Presidential Election - Joe Chuman
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Platform colloquy
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, October 18, 2020 Platform - General Membership meeting
Saturday, October 17, 2020 Board Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2020 October Service Challenge
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, October 11, 2020 Platform -Chris DeRosa Constitutional Amendment # 1 :: How will it change the way redistricting is done in Virginia?
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, October 04, 2020 Coping with the Pandemic during a Political Collapse - Randy Best
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, September 27, 2020 What My VW Bus Has Taught Me About Life by Director of Ethical Education, Kimberly Nyilasi
Saturday, September 26, 2020 Movie Showing/Discussion: Inherit the Wind
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Antiracism Book Discussions
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Monday, September 21, 2020 Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the fate of the Supreme Court
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Platform Discussion led by Leader Randy Best of Chuman platform
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Sunday Shared Platform – Joe Chuman: “Rebuilding the American Future”
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Stargazing-Quarantine Style
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Board meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, September 13, 2020 How Selfishness Destroyed Conservatism and Polarized America by Randy Best
Monday, September 07, 2020 Farewell for Dinerman / Perdue
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 Sunday School Kickoff Zoom Call
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, August 30, 2020 Platform Iris Woodard - The Language of Gender
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, August 23, 2020 Best Discussion of Koral Platform
Sunday, August 23, 2020 Shared Platform Past Results are Not a Guarantee of Future Performance: The Legacy and Potential of Ethical Culture, R Koral
Saturday, August 22, 2020 Platform Committee meeting
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Brooklyn ES Platform - Police Reform, Maya Wiley
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Platform Colloquy
Saturday, August 15, 2020 Board meeting
Friday, August 14, 2020 AFTERNOON TEA AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Platform. Discussion of AEU and AHA meetings
Saturday, August 08, 2020 American Humanist Assoc, Virtual conference
Friday, August 07, 2020 NoVES Friday Evening at the Movies
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, August 02, 2020 Event CANCELED: AEU Shared Platform following Assembly
Sunday, August 02, 2020 Platform Jone Lewis; The Lost Cause: Unpacking a Myth that Pervades Our Culture
Saturday, August 01, 2020 American Ethical Union Business Meeting
Friday, July 31, 2020 AEU Assembly Zoom Workshop: Rooting Out Racism: Ethical Mission 2020 and Beyond
Thursday, July 30, 2020 AEU Assembly Zoom Workshop: Showcasing Successful Community-Building Programs
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 AEU Assembly Zoom Workshop: Beyond Knowing: Naming Racial Trauma and Finding Our Work
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 AEU Assembly Zoom Workshop: Connecting in the Zoom Boom
Sunday, July 26, 2020 League of Women Voters: What to Expect at the Polls This Fall
Sunday, July 26, 2020 Best discussion of Croft Platform
Sunday, July 26, 2020 Shared Platform - 'OK Boomer!' - The Promise and Peril of Generational Thinking, J Croft
Thursday, July 23, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, July 19, 2020 Platform Colloquy topic Change
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Orlans NoVES Book Club
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, July 12, 2020 Alternatives to Militarized Policing and the Rise of the Warrior Cop, Barbara Wein
Saturday, July 11, 2020 Orlans Book Discussion
Saturday, July 11, 2020 Board meeting
Sunday, July 05, 2020 Platform, Justice Discussion, Randy Best
Thursday, July 02, 2020 NoVES Thursday Evening at the Movies: A Will for the Woods
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, June 28, 2020 Platform, Colloquy on Community
Saturday, June 27, 2020 NoVES Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, June 21, 2020 NoVES Discussion of Amanda Poppei's WES Platform
Sunday, June 21, 2020 Shared Platform - Everything I Know About Life I Learned from Ethical Culture, A Poppei
Saturday, June 20, 2020 The Poor People's Assembly and Moral March
Thursday, June 18, 2020 TED Talk Thursday @ 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, June 14, 2020 Recognition Platform
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Movie Showing and Discussion: The Contender (2000)
Thursday, June 11, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Monday, June 08, 2020 Reflections on Our World Today: COVID-19 and the Justice Uprising
Sunday, June 07, 2020 General Membership Meeting
Saturday, June 06, 2020 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company (Take Out!)
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 WES Gathering for Grief and Commitment
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, May 31, 2020 A Philosophical Approach to Coping with a Pandemic
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, May 24, 2020 Zoom Colloquy - Topic Loss
Saturday, May 23, 2020 NoVES Saturday Evening at the Movies
Friday, May 22, 2020 A Different Thread - Live CD Release Music Event
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, May 17, 2020 May 17 Platform
Sunday, May 17, 2020 Virtual Platform May 17. Christian Hayden
Saturday, May 16, 2020 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company (Take Out!)
Friday, May 15, 2020 NoVES Friday Evening at the Movies
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Penny University: Is privacy a right?
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, May 10, 2020 May 10. Animal Rights
Thursday, May 07, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with Randy Best and the NoVES Community
Sunday, May 03, 2020 Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire – from COVID-19 to the Climate Crisis
Friday, May 01, 2020 MUSIC THAT MATTERED
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with Randy Best
Sunday, April 26, 2020 Sunday's Virtual Platform: COLLOQUY
Sunday, April 26, 2020 Annual Stream Cleanup - Sunday School Service Project
Friday, April 24, 2020 Friday Movie Discussion
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Coffee at a Distance
Sunday, April 19, 2020 NoVES SPRING Festival
Sunday, April 19, 2020 Earth Day Service - Crayola Colorcycle Collection
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company replaced by Take-Out
Monday, April 13, 2020 NoVES Movie Monday - Sliver Linings Playbook
Sunday, April 12, 2020 Attend Washington Ethical, then meet with NoVES for discussion
Friday, April 10, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Sunday, April 05, 2020 Reframing Humanism During a Time of Crisis by Randy Best, NoVES Leader
Friday, April 03, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 Penny University: Philosophy Discussion at a Distance
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with Randy Best and the NoVES Community
Sunday, March 29, 2020 Hugh Taft-Morales: The “7 Deadly Sins” through a Humanist Lens
Saturday, March 28, 2020 Earth Hour 2020 Sponsored by World Wildlife Federation
Friday, March 27, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with Randy Best and the NoVES Community
Sunday, March 22, 2020 Kimberly Nyilasi - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Saturday, March 21, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with Randy Best and the NoVES Community
Thursday, March 19, 2020 COFFEE AT A DISTANCE with Randy Best and the NoVES Community
Sunday, March 15, 2020 Randy Best
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Thursday, March 12, 2020 Penny University:What is intuition? Is it trustworthy?
Sunday, March 08, 2020 Super Moon Sunday
Sunday, March 08, 2020 Amanda Poppei: Feet of Clay
Thursday, March 05, 2020 Youth of Ethical Societies 2020: Government Abuses of Power
Sunday, March 01, 2020 Jud Richland and Sara Stern: Choice in Life, Choice in Death: Medical Aid in Dying in Virginia
Sunday, February 23, 2020 Sven Sinclair: Healthy Thinking about Health Policy
Sunday, February 16, 2020 Darwin Day - Banana Splits
Sunday, February 16, 2020 Fred Edwords - Why the Science of Human Evolution Matters Now (Darwin Day)
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Penny University: Why should we be optimistic or pessimistic?
Sunday, February 09, 2020 Louis Clark -Truth-Telling in the Trump Era: Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowing to Help Preserve Democracy
Sunday, February 09, 2020 Valentine Card Sale
Sunday, February 02, 2020 Randy Best: Unpacking Groundhog Day
Sunday, February 02, 2020 Valentine Card Sale
Saturday, February 01, 2020 Movie discussion "Groundhog Day"
Monday, January 27, 2020 Arena Civil Dialogues: What is the proper role of government?
Sunday, January 26, 2020 Winter Festival
Sunday, January 26, 2020 Valentine Card Sale
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Monday, January 20, 2020 MLK Day of Service - Anacostia River Cleanup
Sunday, January 19, 2020 Trey Sherard: Anacostia RiverKeeper
Saturday, January 18, 2020 Women's March on Washington
Friday, January 17, 2020 Support Puerto Rico Fundraiser
Sunday, January 12, 2020 Randy Best: Making Ethical Humanism Your Own
Sunday, January 05, 2020 Julie Grimes: Make 'em Laugh - Humor as Healing
Saturday, January 04, 2020 Fairfax County Pre-General Assembly Public Hearing
Sunday, December 15, 2019 Randy Best: Voices in our Heads - What is your internal narrative?
Friday, December 13, 2019 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Thursday, December 12, 2019 Ethical Humanism and the Climate Crisis
Sunday, December 08, 2019 Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network - Bringing Greta Thunberg's vision to Virginia
Sunday, November 24, 2019 Stone Salad
Friday, November 22, 2019 Puppet Show Dress Rehearsal
Friday, November 22, 2019 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Penny University: How do our expectations affect our experience of Reality?
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Resolutions on Systemic Racism and Reparations
Monday, November 18, 2019 Arena Civil Dialogues: Environment/Climate: techno optimists meet techno pessimists.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 Slouching Toward Discrimination: The Growing Effort To Use ‘Religious Freedom’ To Justify Unequal Treatment
Sunday, November 10, 2019 The Power of Vulnerability - Show Up and Let Yourself Be Seen by Kimberly Nylasi, NoVES Director of Ethical Education
Sunday, November 03, 2019 Randy Best: A Father and Daughter
Sunday, October 27, 2019 Trick or Treat for the Troops - Operation Gratitude!
Sunday, October 27, 2019 Tony Hileman: Putting It All Back Together Again
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Board meeting
Thursday, October 24, 2019 Movie discussion "Inherit The Wind"
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform: The American Ethical Union’s 2015 Resolution
Monday, October 21, 2019 Arena Civil Dialogues: Have we privatized too much?
Sunday, October 20, 2019 Randy Best: Facing the Climate Crisis
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Penny University: What is your internal narrative?
Monday, October 14, 2019 Undoing Racism Workhop (both days required)
Sunday, October 13, 2019 Merry Macke: Observations - Immersion in Guatemala
Saturday, October 12, 2019 PRINCE WILLIAM RECYCLES DAY 2019 - Free Landfill Event
Sunday, October 06, 2019 Dr. Stephen Crawford: Reclaiming Patriotism
Sunday, September 29, 2019 Leader Randy Best and Andrew Orlans: Utopian Thought of Norman O. Brown and Herbert Marcuse
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Star Gazing - Weather Permitting
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Plastic Free Forum
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Board meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Secular Summit and Lobby Day
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Kick Off for the Race Equity and Inclusion Action Network
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Movie discussion - "Waking Life"
Sunday, September 22, 2019 Dr. Michael S. Franch: Civility, Empathy, and Humility - Three Good Friends in a Time of Bitter Discourse?
Friday, September 20, 2019 Humanist Happy Hour at House 6 Brewing Company
Thursday, September 19, 2019 What is Ethical Culture: Unpacking the 2008 Leaders’ Statement
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
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 Comparative Religion Tour of the Rajdhani Mandir Temple
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Randy Best: My Adventures in International Humanism
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 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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