Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES)

Sunday Platforms

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The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.

Felix Adler, Founder of Ethical Culture




What to Expect

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 topic listings below).

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, we want you to 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 inter-generational 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.

Sample Sunday Program

 10:45-11:00Gathering           
 11:00 AMOpening Words and Music   
 Welcome and Greet Your neighbors
 11:10 AMStory Time (kids gather up front)  
 11:15 AMKids go to Sunday School
 Music
 11:20 AMPlatform Speaker Introduction
 11:20 AM-11:50 AMPlatform Address  
 Music  
 Response Period and Sharing of Responsibility (collections)
 Announcements 
 12:00 PMClosing Words  
 12:15Conclusion of Sunday School  
 12:00 PM-1:30 PMSnacks and Social Time

Upcoming Topics

    • Sunday, January 19, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges

    Trey Sherard will introduce NOVES to DC's Anacostia Riverkeeper program.  He will present a brief history of the organization and give us an update on the work they are doing today to clean up the Anacostia Watershed.

    Trey Sherard is the Outreach Coordinator, Staff Biologist, and Interim Riverkeeper in his ninth year now with Anacostia Riverkeeper, and his first year as Chair of the Anacostia Watershed Community Advisory Committee. Trey coordinates Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Clean Waterways cleanup series, Friday Night Fishing, management of the four Bandalong litter traps in DC and one in Maryland, and part of ARK’s green infrastructure program. He holds his USCG 100 ton Mariner’s Document for inland waters, and gives many of the Anacostia River Explorer boat tours. B.S. Biology Duke University.


    • Sunday, January 26, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges
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    Winter Festival is Jan 26, 2020  The theme is “Welcome Home." 

    Please contact Amy Anderson if you wish to sponsor a table - bring plates, glasses and cloth napkins for 8 people.

    NoVES will be collecting items to donate to New Hope Housing. Since 1978, New Hope Housing has been providing a comprehensive, innovative array of services to homeless families and single adults. New Hope Housing is the oldest and largest provider of shelter beds in northern Virginia. They work to locate permanent housing options to end the cycle of homelessness.

    Our collection request is for cleaning supplies that will make kits to give each family as they move into permanent housing.

    The NoVES Green Team has asked that we focus on eco-friendly products from the following brands:

    1.     Method brand is made from natural products and uses recycled packaging.
    2.     Seventh Generation is made from natural products and uses recycled packaging.
    3.     Common Good is made from natural products and uses refillable packaging.
    4.     Ecos brand is made from natural products and its facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy.
    5.     J.R. Watkins brand is made from natural products and is biodegradable.
    6.     Mrs Meyer’s is made from natural products and uses 25% post-consumer plastic for packaging.


    Or you may donate more permanent items such as a broom, dustpan, sponges, or towels. Iris Woodard will collect these items and deliver to New Hope in early Feb. 

    • Sunday, February 02, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Green Hedges


    Groundhog Day has many meanings.  Starting with the 1993 movie Groundhog Day and moving into the morass of our current political climate, Randy will ratchet up the courage to come out of his hole, deal with an uncertain future, and engage the world as it is today.

Directions to Sunday Platform

Green Hedges School

415 Windover Avenue NW

Vienna, VA 22180


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.

Questions or platform topic recommendations? Contact the Platform Committee

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