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!


Platform Update

We are happy to be offering in-person meetings starting October 3rd. However, we still have concerns about the health of our members and visitors. We ask that all who attend our platforms be fully vaccinated and willing to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. No food will be served.  A Zoom link will also be provided so that those wishing to attend remotely may do so.

NOVES joins our parent organization,  the American Ethical Union (AEU) in a stand for a Peaceful Solutions to the Ukraine Crisis 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine under the autocratic rule of President Vladimir Putin is a violation of international law, a threat to world peace and stability, and is endangering innocent lives. This act of aggression violates the values of the United Nations and ethical standards of decency.

As a result, the American Ethical Union (AEU) stands with Ukraine, a democracy, against this aggression by an authoritarian Russia. The AEU calls on all parties to work toward de-escalation and diplomatic solutions to the present violence. We condemn Russia’s invasion and encourage Ethical Culturists to contact their representatives in the US House and Senate to call for diplomacy.

We support sanctions, which hopefully will bring Russia back to the negotiating table. We urge members of Ethical Societies to support refugee organizations that will be severely tested during this time of conflict.

The AEU also calls for the protection of Ukrainian journalists and international reporters covering the conflict and implores all media outlets to seek the truth and report on it ethically in ways that minimize harm and illuminate facts. We are concerned about the impact this conflict will have on humanists and other freethinkers given Putin’s stance on the separation of church and state.

In the long run, the best path forward is a commitment to creating a Culture of Peace. We strongly suggest actions offered in a 2021 Resolution passed by the Assembly of the AEU that promote “a culture of peace in our personal relationships, in our homes, in our local communities, in the work of our Ethical Societies, and in our nation, including how our work against economic injustice, systemic racism, and climate change promotes such a culture of peace.”

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3rd Annual Family Camping Trip

Navigators Troop 99 went on their 3rd Annual Family Camping Trip Memorial Day Weekend 2019.  8 families gathered together at The Sweetspot in Hume VA for a long weekend of family, fun and friendship....and a few thunderstorms! 

Please enjoy the summary video below!

If you wish to learn more about our troop, please visit our NOVES FB Page 

Sunday School Happenings


Deed Before Creed

Ethical Culture is premised on the idea that honoring and living in accordance with Ethical Principles is central to what it takes to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and to creating a world that is good for all.  Ethical Culturists focus on supporting one another in becoming better people and on doing good in the world.  Sunday School students learn  to practice these values EARLY and OFTEN!

This year, Sunday School Students have continued their efforts to model the motto, "Deed Before Creed".  On September 29th, the Sunday School students formed an efficient assembly line and made 120 sandwiches for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter.  We also packed 60 brown bags full of nutritious snacks and bottled water.  Some of the students even volunteered to personally deliver these meals to the shelter in Reston after classes that day.  All of the children were so excited to don their rubber gloves and get busy helping others.  They said they would do this every Sunday!!

On October 27th, they came to class in their Halloween costumes to "trick or treat" for the troops on behalf of Operation Gratitude.  We collected 21 letters and postcards, 63 tubes of chapstick, 38 sticks of deodorant, 44 batteries, 51 packs of gum/mints, 35 decks of cards, 23 mechanical pencils, 39 beef jerky sticks, 23 packs of hand sanitizers, 8 bottles of powder, 2 tubes of lotion, 2 packages of trail mix, 3 pairs of socks, 2 winter hats ans 2 crossword puzzle books.  Plus, the children donated 10% of their candy haul from their neighborhood trick or treat - 20 pounds of candy to be exact!

Stay tuned to see what new service we have planned for 2020!

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

Announcments 

New Bylaws adopted Oct 18, 2020

At our General Membership Meeting on Oct 18, the members present approved changes to the Bylaws that reflect our more gender inclusive attitude. You can view this updated version of our Bylaws in the Members only section.  

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! 

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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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