Welcome to The Northern Virginia Ethical Society

"Act so as to bring out the best in others, and thereby in yourself"

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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!


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Wedding Officiants
Ethical Culture
Youth Programs
Ethical Action
Stone Salad Festival
Winter Festival
End of Summer Picnic 2017
Sunday Platforms
Live Music at Sunday Platform
Service Projects


" NoVES is my preferred forum for both intellectual discourse and related ethical action based on a humanistic understanding of our physical and social world. The many opportunities for civic action take us beyond just discourse. NoVES is my gateway to lifelong friendships, both locally and globally, with folk seeking to draw out the best in us all. "  -- Govind N.


"NoVES is my Humanist community, inclusive of my whole family. I especially appreciate the wonderful Sunday school which teaches Humanist values and religious studies. I've made life long friends and fond memories here." - Kelly H.

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

Read and comment on Leader Randy Best's latest column Towards Utopia and watch the space on the left for the latest blogs from our Leader and President.

What's New at NoVES?

First NoVES Multicultural Open Mic Night

Wednesday, January 17th, from 7 to 9 pm. For more information and to register (free) click here

Music, Poetry, Song, Readings!


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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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