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
Youth Programs
Ethical Action
Stone Salad Festival
Winter Festival
End of Summer Picnic 2017
Multicultural Open Mic Night
Sunday Platforms
Live Music at Sunday Platform
Sunday School Ethical Quilt
March for Our Lives
Service Projects

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

Blogs and Articles


We are on Summer Break! Regular platforms will continue in September. Keep an eye on upcoming events for summer activities. 

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! 

Sunday School Happenings

NOVES Kindness Rocks Keep Spreading Love & Inspiration!
I recently went to the beach on a family vacation.  As the steward of the Sunday School's Kindness Rocks, I decided the beach location was a perfect place to scatter our positive thoughts for others to find.  You may have seen the video shown at platform which was made by the National Kindness Rocks Founder, Megan Murphy.  She explains in the video that the idea for this service project came to her during a contemplative walk on the beach.   https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/origins/
As an unexpected bonus and a sign of how connected we really are to one another, a local told us there is an active Virginia Beach Kindness Rocks group  #virginiabeachrocks  . I am certain that our Northern Virginia rocks will have found good homes with a myriad of families visiting the Virginia beaches this Summer!  
Read my blog for more details on the NOVES Sunday School's Kindness Rocks Service Project.  

Navigator News

The NOVES NaviGATORS are Cardboard Boat Regatta champions!!  On June 3rd, the Gator Crew took 1st Place in both the School/Scout Group Category and the 14 & Under Category.  

This 6 month project could not have happened without the creativity and teamwork of the scouts themselves, the financial and moral support of the NOVES congregation, the dedication of the Navigator parents and the expertise of our Captain, Kevin Castellucci. 

To learn more details about this exciting STEM project and Navigators activities and badges click here.

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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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