Northern Virginia Ethical Society

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

NoVES is looking for a new Director of Ethical Education for Fall 2017. Please see our DEE Job Opening.

We meet at Green Hedges School, 415 Windover Ave. NW, Vienna, Virginia
Platform talks and Sunday School begin at 11 am, from September through June
Platform: HUMANISM'S FURTHER REACHES - Dec 17, Sun 11:00 AM - Ethical Culture Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman will take an in-depth...

The Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES) welcomes visitors to our diverse community.   We are a humanist congregation that practices Ethical Culture, a movement begun in 1876 by Felix Adler.  People of all types and all different ages, with or without children, of many religious and ethnic backgrounds, all have made NoVES their humanistic/religious home.  The mission of NoVES 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.
Our Sunday School
We have a thriving Sunday School - and it's offered without charge!  Our children like attending because our Sunday School is a fun, hands on learning environment!  Click on the link to contact our Sunday School committee.
Weddings, Memorial Services, & Other Ceremonies
The Northern Virginia Ethical Society is pleased to conduct weddings for those who are interested in a non-demoninational, humanistic ceremony.   We welcome all couples, irrespective of gender.  Our officiants are authorized to operate in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.  We will work with you to plan the type of ceremony that you find meaningful. We also perform Memorial Services which honor the life and individuality of the deceased and Baby Naming or Welcoming ceremonies that commemorate the family's newest addition and welcome the child into the social community. We also perform anniversary celebrations and vow renewals. Click on the link to contact our OFFICIANTS.
Want to Know More?
Read about our LEADER, take a look at our current NEWSLETTER as well as past newsletters in our NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE, examine our PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS.
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!


You can listen to a past platform below



The Northern Virginia Ethical Society is a member society of the American Ethical Union. The AEU creates, nurtures, and inspires ethical humanist communities to fostera world that is democratic, compassionate, just, and sustainable.

Ethical Humanism/Ethical Culture is a humanist Movement focusing on human goodness and building ethical relationships with each other and the Earth. As a non-theistic organization we do not concern ourselves with the existence or non-existence of a deity but instead, embrace the diversity of our membership.

  • We recognize the unique worth and dignity of all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, level of ability, or religious beliefs.
  • We advocate for reason, compassion, and rational thinking so we can progress as individuals, communities, and a world.
  • We act to elicit the best in others and thereby in ourselves, celebrating with and supporting each other through life.
  • We realize the full capacity of our human spirit when we stimulate our thinking with new insights and inspirations.
  • We are recognized as a religious movement because for us the ethical quest has the depth of a religious commitment and because we recognize the value of a community of support, celebration, and action.
  • We train future humanist leaders to promote responsible and ethical living.

View the AEU Brochure (pdf).

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