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, April 05, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • A Virtual Meeting
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    Values are stressed and challenged during times of crisis.  We are currently experiencing simultaneous crises: COVID-19, the Climate Crisis, and the political crisis of a corrupt and incompetent government.  How does this change my humanist viewpoint, how I express my values, and how connect with others?  I will attempt to sort this out in my platform talk.

    The Zoom invitation to this meeting is included below.

    To join a Zoom meeting, you can go to the Zoom website (zoom.us) or click on the "Join Zoom Meeting" link in your meeting invitation, where you'll be prompted to run the Zoom app, which you can install via the ZoomLauncher.zip file that automatically downloads. This will allow you to connect video and sound from your computer or smartphone. You can also dial-in by phone via the phone numbers included in the invitation (audio only).

    I realize that ZOOM technology is new for many of you. I will be on the conference early and will be able to help people get on the videocall. You can also call me at 919-490-6304 for assistance (try to do so before the meeting).

    I look forward to seeing some of you on for my platform talk on Sunday.

    Yours in Ethical Community,

    Randy

    Randy Best is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Reframing Humanism in a Time of Crisis

    Time: Apr 5, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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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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