Northern Virginia Ethical Society

"Act so as to bring out the best in others, and thereby in yourself"
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Sunday Meetings
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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 calendar).

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. NoVES members aim to make you 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 intergenerational 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.

While we also sponsor events for fun, learning, and action at other times of the week, our Sunday platform meetings are the central weekly event that brings our community together.

Sometimes newcomers wonder what to wear to platform meetings.  Most members dress casually.  Men usually wear slacks and an open collar shirt.  Women wears skirts or pants.  Some members dress in jeans.  We want you to be comfortable.