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, 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

     Sven Sinclair, PhD Economist and NoVES member, presents I MISS ARGUING WITH FRIENDS: CRITICAL REASONING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

    Many costs of hyper-partisanship and disregard for truth are obvious. 

    One less discussed is the time and mental energy spent on fact checking, debunking myths, and confronting patently unreasonable positions. It leaves less resources for intellectually productive or satisfying discussions and over time it erodes the skills of critical reasoning, through lack of practice in challenging situations.

     


    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Green Hedges School

    Dr. Sheila Waters has agreed to preset a Platform on June 10 on  “The Effects of Inadequate Mental Health Care for Black and Minority Communities”

     Black and underserved communities have been negatively impacted by substandard mental health care. This, in turn, has contributed to over-incarceration of men and women who could have been contributing members of society instead of recipients of very expensive custodial maintenance, funded by tax revenues.

     Sheila is a  Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner and a member of WES. [She is a second generation Ethical Culture member and was a member of the the Philadelphia Society’s youth group.]


    • 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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