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

 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
 11:20 AMPlatform Speaker Introduction
 11:20 AM-11:50 AMPlatform Address  
 Response Period and Sharing of Responsibility (collections)
 12:00 PMClosing Words  
 12:15Conclusion of Sunday School  
 12:00 PM-1:30 PMSnacks and Social Time

Upcoming Topics

    • Sunday, November 01, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • zoom

    In this time of extreme conflict, both political and social, Amy Anderson will remind us of our Ethical Etiquette and how to repair our social interactions. 

    The Zoom Link for this platform can be found here: 

    • Sunday, November 08, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • zoom

    Where do I go from here?

    After the election, I face many unknowns.  Choosing the lesser of two evils was not a satisfying experience.  I still do not trust most politicians to make the hard choices.  I remain unmoored in the midst of a global pandemic.  I am overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done.  Groping for what I can do.  To move society towards racial justice.   Acting to address the climate crisis.  To change an economy that funnels wealth to the richest Americans at everyone else’s expense.  What actions do I take?  Where do I turn for leadership?  Exploring these questions helps me begin to move forward.

    Here is the link to the event...

    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • zoom

    You’ve likely heard the calls for defunding the police, during this summer’s demonstrations against police killings.  You may agree and wonder how we could get there, or you may think that defunding goes too far, or you may just wonder what it means.  Whatever your reaction, here’s a chance to find out more

    Alex Vitale, Sociology Dept. Brooklyn College. Professor Vitale, who teaches in the Department of Sociology at Brooklyn College and has researched and written about the future of policing for 30 years, will explain the “defund the police” movement and its relationship to the long struggle for racial and economic justice.

    Sponsored by Riverdale Yonkers Eth. Society

    How to Participate

    On Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    • Zoom login link:
    •      go first to 
    •      then scroll down and find link that says "Join zoom meeting"
    • Or start your app and enter the Meeting ID: 718 548 4445

    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EST)

    Following the shared platform with RYSEC, Randy will lead us in a discussion of what we heard. 

    Please follow the link for this discussion:

    • Sunday, November 22, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EST)

       Please join us for our annual Stone Salad Festival. More details of the event will follow, but mark your calendars!

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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