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, September 26, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    This will be a zoom only platform

    Kim Bobo, Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will share ways people of faith and good will can advocate justice in Virginia’s General Assembly and beyond.  She will recommend principles for engagement and concrete ways each person can make a difference. She will also share recent successes of the Virginia Interfaith Center and priorities for the coming year.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81770597485?pwd=U1ZBbXhzdVVWY0NNdDdOemZmeGxuQT09  


      Kim Bobo is a nationally known promoter of social justice who leads VICPP’s advocacy, outreach, and development work. She literally wrote the book on faith-based organizing. Kim joined Virginia Interfaith Center in 2016, where she mobilized a historic faith advocacy campaign and played a leadership role in the statewide Healthcare for All Virginians coalition advocating Medicaid expansion, which passed in 2018. Kim moved to Virginia from Chicago, where she founded and served as executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers. Prior to that, Kim was national organizing director for Bread for the World and an instructor at the Midwest Academy. Born in Cincinnati, Kim has a B.A. in religion from Barnard College and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research.  She was married for 31 years to Stephen Coats, who died unexpectedly in 2013. Their twin sons, Benjamin and Eric, are organizing for economic justice. Kim married David Duvall Orr, a long-time Chicago reform politician in 2017. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir. Kim served as the choir director at her previous church for 25 years.

    • Sunday, October 03, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School and also on Zoom


    Spending White Privilege

    White Privilege can be seen as capital that can be used to relieve the suffering of marginalized people.  Spending White Privilege can take the form of supporting minority institutions, standing in solidarity with people of color, listening to non-white narratives, and stepping back to yield to the desires and demands of others.  I will provide an introduction to this concept and a recent example of where this has come into play.  We will unpack the example in small groups, then come back together to share our insights and conclusions.

          

    NoVES will be meeting in person!!! We have reached a point in the pandemic when we feel able to meet in person again. We ask that all who attend in person be fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.  No food will be served, but we will celebrate seeing each other in person. 

    Clergy Leader, Randy Best will lead us in our first face to face platform in 18 months. 

    If you are unable to join us in person, we will still be providing virtual access.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81770597485?pwd=U1ZBbXhzdVVWY0NNdDdOemZmeGxuQT09


    • Sunday, October 10, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    We ask that all who attend in person be fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.  No food will be served, but we will celebrate seeing each other in person. 

       Michael Franch is an Ethical Culture Certified Leader who was previously at Baltimore Ethical Society. His talk is entitled:  "Writing and Rewriting the American Story"

    Most of us learned our American history as a parade of good things with a few bad things interspersed. Today we are learning that American history is also the story of a lot of very bad things and, even worse, that these bad things are a fundamental and continuing part of the story. Knowing the good and bad is a tool for making the next chapters of our story ones we can be proud of.


    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81770597485?pwd=U1ZBbXhzdVVWY0NNdDdOemZmeGxuQT09

    • Sunday, October 17, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    We are happy to be back in person. We ask that all who attend be fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. No food will be served.

    Richard Katskee, is the Vice President and Legal Director at Americans United for Separation of Church

    Details will be posted closer to the event.


    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81770597485?pwd=U1ZBbXhzdVVWY0NNdDdOemZmeGxuQT09

    • Sunday, October 24, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    We are happy to be back in person. We ask that all who attend be fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. No food will be served.

    Kimberly Nyilasi is the NOVES Director of Ethical Education.

    QUARANTINE SERVICE AT HOME:

    In early 2020, we all were abruptly quarantined to our homes.  This presented a conundrum....How do we enact our Ethical Culture Values of Service to Others while living the new Covid normal?  With the help of Touching Hearts, a local children's service organization, our DEE issued a Monthly Service at Home Challenge to all members of NOVES.  The goal was to focus on the virtues of Kindness, Gratitude, Positivity, Compassion and Empathy while still respecting social distancing guidelines.  Join our DEE, Kimberly Nyilasi, as she summarizes the program she laid out for us during the quarantine.  


    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81770597485?pwd=U1ZBbXhzdVVWY0NNdDdOemZmeGxuQT09

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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