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, August 16, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Topic: Platform Colloquy - Focus of discussion will be

    Time: Aug 16, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

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    Meeting ID: 854 1597 5600

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    • Sunday, August 23, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Richard Koral, Leader, NYSEC

    Past Results are Not a Guarantee of Future Performance: The Legacy and Potential of Ethical Culture

    https://zoom.us/j/3844225692


    • Sunday, August 23, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • zoom

    Following the shared platform by NYSEC/LIEHS Leader, Richard Koral

    Past Results are Not a Guarantee of Future Performance: The Legacy and Potential of Ethical Culture

    our own leader, Randy Best will host a discussion .

    NoVa Ethical-Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Best discussion of Koral platform

    Time: Aug 23, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 827 9096 8383

    Passcode: 349129

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    • Sunday, August 30, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • zoom

    Have you thought about how language frames your understanding of gender issues?  Do you understand all the terms that are being used today? Do you know how to talk to your children about non-conforming people?  Iris Woodard, will review some of the common terms, and talk about ways that our Ethical Society can become more gender friendly.

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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