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 90 Min Workshop: How to Raise Children's Resilience, Self-Esteem, and Motivation

by Rachel Bailey

Sponsored by the Ziskind  Memorial Fund

We invite parents and friends to join us for this workshop on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10 am at Green Hedges School in Vienna, VA.  Space is limited so please Register Now! 

Welcome to NoVES!

We are a humanist congregation that practices Ethical Culture, a movement begun in 1876 by Felix Adler.
The mission of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society is to bring out the best in others and thereby in ourselves, strengthen our relationships with one another, and build a more humane world by offering a program that promotes ethical growth and learning, builds and sustains community and implements ethical action beyond our Society.

We invite you to visit us on a Sunday morning.  You might find the kind of caring, welcoming community you didn't even know was out there - just waiting for you to become part of it!

Ethical Action
Winter Festival
End of Summer Picnic 2017
Sunday Platforms
Sunday School Ethical Quilt
March for Our Lives
Service Projects

What do our members say about NoVES?  Read our Member Testimonials and find out!

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Upcoming Events


Sunday Lunch Discussion Group

Want to keep the conversation going? Meet us at a local restaurant for lunch at 1:00 PM after the platform. Join our Meetup group to get the latest details.

Volunteers Needed

  • Do you enjoy weddings? Consider being a NoVES officiant. Contact Randy Best if interested.
  • Do you have time to spare to deliver a meal, provide a ride, or just be a companion to a fellow member in need? If so, contact Iris Woodard with the Caring Committee.
  • Want to learn more about our website? Do you have a passion for mass emails? Please follow up with the Communications Committee to join our web team! 

Navigator News

GEOCACHING 101 with the Navigators

The NOVES NaviGATORS visited a lovely local state park in Lorton, VA called Mason Neck State Park and earned their Geocaching Badge!  5 scouts, 2 leaders and 1 pampered pooch participated in a free Geocaching class and expedition.  GPS devices were provided and 2 informative State Park Interpreters took us on a long hike thru the park.  We found 3 Geocaches, signed the log book, and exchanged some trinkets.  It was like modern day treasure hunting!

This is a fun way to get outside and enjoy nature!  If you would like to learn more about Geocaching, please visit this website for an informative video and links to an extensive FAQ section!  Find your own buried treasure today!

Sunday School Happenings

Meet your Teaching TEAM!
The first 2 Sundays of NOVES Sunday School is off to a great start!  On the first Sunday back, the teachers and children got to know each other better by collaborating on a puzzle mural that will be displayed soon at platforms and festivals. 
The second Sunday was the first official day of classes.  Holidays and Holy Days students made a Jonah and the Whale craft and learned about the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Comparative Religion students received an overview of theism and its many forms.  They also talked about the chronology of religion and kicked off the study of the Abrahamic religions.  A tour of a Jewish synagogue in October is being planned to coordinate with their studies. 
Its not to late to join in the fun and we hope to see your family on Sunday!

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Directions to Sunday Platform

Green Hedges School

415 Windover Avenue NW

Vienna, VA

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.

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