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November 2, 2014 11:00 AM
Ethical Humanism, and its mandate that we improve our world, has an inherent assumption - that people have the power to change, improve and try to live up to their highest aspirations. But philosophers have always struggled over the degree to which people really possess free will as many of our choices seem made for us, not by us. Now, new research in neuroscience shows that much of our thinking appears to be pre-programmed. In the age-old debate between free will and determinism, which side is winning? What are the implications for Humanists? Join us as Richard Koral presents this topic.
Richard Koral is an Ethical Culture Leader-in-Training and is currently serving as President of the American Ethical Union, the national organization of Ethical Societies. He is holder of a Doctor of Ministry and has practiced law for many years in New York. Richard is a long-time member and past president of the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester.
November 8, 2014 4:00 PM
We will watch and discuss two lectures by Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Standford University. The first lecture, "This is Your Brain on Metaphors", covers the power of symbols and metaphors. The second lecture, "Sushi and Middle Age" explains why humans tend to close our minds to novelty and come to love the familiar over time. This will be at Kelly and Ben's home in Sterling, VA.
November 9, 2014 11:00 AM
Richard E. Rubenstein explores: How do poverty and inequality generate violent conflict even in a wealthy nation like the U.S.A.? What can be done to alter or eliminate the root causes of crime, structural violence, and war? This lecture brings the insights of conflict analysis and resolution to bear on an increasingly critical domestic problem.
Richard E. Rubenstein is University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
November 13, 2014 7:00 PM
The group consists of members and friends of NoVES. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at one of our homes for two hours of relaxed, friendly conversation. For information on where we will be meeting this month contact Andy Stanton at email@example.com
Northern Virginia Ethical Society
Founded September 1983
We meet at Green Hedges School
415 Windover Ave. NW, Vienna, Virginia
Platform talks and Sunday School begin at 11 am,
most Sundays from September through June
Our Ethical Society
The Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES) welcomes visitors to our diverse community. We are a humanist congregation with members around the greater Washington, DC area. 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 humanistic 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! Our children like attending because our Sunday School is a fun, hands on learning environment! Visit our Sunday School page to learn more about what we do and have planned for the year. To let us know you're interested or to seek further information, contact our Director of Ethical Education. Get a head start and fill out a Sunday School registration form too! You can enroll any time.
Now that the Supreme Court has declined to review the Court of Appeals' decision striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the Northern Virginia Ethical Society is eagerly looking forward to conducting same-sex weddings in Virginia (as well as in the District of Columbia and Maryland). See our Ceremonies and Officiants section.
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We invite you to check us out on a Sunday Morning and to join us in other activities. You might find, as so many others of us have, the sort of caring, thoughtful community you didn't even know was out there - just waiting for you to become a part of it. Take a look at our current and past Newsletters to get a further understanding of who we are. Note our committed staff and volunteers. See what's going on by looking at our Calendar. We also invite you to 'friend' us on Facebook by following this link.
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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