Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES)

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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, June 27, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Ellen Dinerman will lead a Colloquy. Colloquy is an opportunity to explore and reflect on a particular aspect of life in a structured and facilitated small-group setting in a nonjudgmental, confidential atmosphere.

    Meeting ID  820 6810 4115

    Passcode  501012 

     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82068104115?pwd=MGtTS1ZnV1l2d084T3VlTzRWeEdMdz09





    • Sunday, July 04, 2021
    • (EDT)

    Have a great holiday weekend.

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


    Witnessing the Dissolution of Democracy

    At home and abroad the institution of democracy is challenged, and sometimes usurped, by populist autocrats.  The pursuit of power has been elevated to the extent that democratic norms and institutions have become mere inconveniences to be overcome and discarded.  I am witness to procedural changes that will allow state legislatures to overrule and discard election results when their party‚Äôs candidate loses the vote.  I will take stock of recent events and what they foreshadow in a politics whose only goal is staying in power


    ID  876 5085 7899

    Passcode  062466 

     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87650857899?pwd=MHlNc2dsQlFBaVQxdTljU1hiQnBudz09


    • Sunday, July 25, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)




    Jul 25, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85817750424?pwd=R1pPWFdSYmh6dkN4Zkx1ZkttYWdvQT09

    Meeting ID: 858 1775 0424

    Passcode: 181393


    • Sunday, August 08, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)

    This platform will be shared by all societies under the AEU and will conclude the series of Assembly presentations that has taken place throughout June and July.


    Link 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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