Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES)

Sunday Platforms

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The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.

Felix Adler, Founder of Ethical Culture




What to Expect

Our platform meetings typically feature a thought-provoking talk on a topic of ethical interest, along with responses, music, a story for children of all ages, and more. We meet from mid-September through mid-June (see topic listings below).

Our Sunday School is devoted to teaching children how to make ethical choices, with a thoughtful, age-specific curriculum and a friendly, supportive environment.

All are welcome to attend a Sunday meeting and to bring children along for Sunday School. Casual, comfortable dress is the norm, we want you to feel at home.

We follow the more formal part of our meetings with a coffee and conversation time hosted by our members -- a chance to continue the conversation about the topic, to get to know each other, to learn from each other, and to find others with shared values and concerns.

A few times each year, we have inter-generational festival celebrations instead of talks at the Sunday platform meeting. In these events, we celebrate the natural flow of the seasons, honor the universal human concerns behind holidays, and enjoy a shared meal together.

Each Sunday, we pass the basket, giving members and friends an opportunity to help support the Society and its values. Half of all undesignated donations are given to a charitable or service organization or project; the Ethical Action committee selects and announces each week's recipient organization or project.

Sample Sunday Program

 10:45-11:00Gathering           
 11:00 AMOpening Words and Music   
 Welcome and Greet Your neighbors
 11:10 AMStory Time (kids gather up front)  
 11:15 AMKids go to Sunday School
 Music
 11:20 AMPlatform Speaker Introduction
 11:20 AM-11:50 AMPlatform Address  
 Music  
 Response Period and Sharing of Responsibility (collections)
 Announcements 
 12:00 PMClosing Words  
 12:15Conclusion of Sunday School  
 12:00 PM-1:30 PMSnacks and Social Time

Upcoming Topics

    • Sunday, July 05, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this social environment when we see so many people marching in the streets for social justice, I would like to open a dialogue on justice, our government involvement in racial inequality and what we can do to change the system.

    In advance, recommended readings include

    OMG WTF Does The Constitution Say Anyway, by Ben Sheehan

    White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White, by D Hill

    Other suggestions welcome

    Watch the movie "Just Mercy" which is available for free on Amazon Prime.

    • Sunday, July 12, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • zoom

    Barbara Wein is a professor at American University and named the 2018 "Educator of the Year" by the Peace & Justice Studies Association

    Topic: Peace and Justice Reform

    Time: Jul 12, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time

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    • Sunday, July 19, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • zoom call

    zoom details will be posted later. 

    • Sunday, July 26, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

    James Croft, Leader

    Zoom Meeting ID 384 422 5785

    "Boomers are racist and out of touch!" "Millennials and shrill and self-important!" Recently, it seems like generational divides have been worsening, as the political, economic, and cultural differences between people in different age cohorts become more extreme. But what is the validity of taking a generational approach to human behavior? Are people really defined by their generational cohort as much as is commonly assumed? And what does this mean for the potential of cross-generational solidarity? James will explore these questions and more as examines the promise - and the peril - of generational thinking


    • Sunday, August 30, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

    zoom details will be posted later.

Directions to Sunday Platform

Green Hedges School

415 Windover Avenue NW

Vienna, VA 22180


Driving Directions

Take the Nutley Street North exit from Route I-66.  At the fourth light, cross Maple Avenue (Route 123) and start watching your odometer.  At 0.2 miles, you will see a driveway with “Watch for Turning Vehicles” and “Green Hedges” signs.  There will also be an Ethical Society sign next to the driveway.  Turn right into the driveway, park in the lot, and take the nearest entrance into the building.

Questions or platform topic recommendations? Contact the Platform Committee

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