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, March 25, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    “America was founded in protest: a ragtag band of law-breaking protesters gathered their courage and told a king he was wrong. From the start, protest – a form of political questioning – has been integral to the ideal of America. We celebrate the freedom to question our society with James Croft, Outreach Director of the St. Louis Society, presenting a platform on why we should all be protesters.”

    • Sunday, April 01, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges


    Spring Festival will be held on April 8, 2018. Our festival theme this year is “creativity” and we are inviting any and all NoVES members and friends to contribute their creative works! Creative works include poetry, dance, music, paintings, pottery, fiber arts, flower arranging, etc. We will have 5-6 members perform during the platform and also display other forms of art/creativity around Green Hedges.

    We also need display supports – tables, portable hanging racks, easels, etc. to display objects on. And we will need volunteers during the potluck lunch to monitor the art displays to keep things safe during all the fun.

    If you have questions and/or things to contribute, please contact the festival's committee:

    More information to come!

    • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Bart Worden, Executive Director of the American Ethical Union, will present a platform.

    • Sunday, April 22, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    NoVES Leader Randy Best will present the monthly platform.

    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    NoVES Leader Randy Best will present the first platform of the month.

    • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Chris Centner will present the platform address.

    • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Closed for Memorial Weekend- Memorial Weekend Camping Trip 2016

    • Sunday, June 03, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Tony Hileman, Former Senior Leader, NY Society for Ethical Culture, will present the platform address

    • Sunday, June 17, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    NoVES Leader Randy Best will deliver a short platform recognizing our achievements for the year.

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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