On May 23 please bring nonperishable food items (cans, cereal, etc.) to assist the grocery program of the James Mott Community Assistance Program. James Mott, a soft-spoken, kind, compassionate African American with a strong commitment to community service and justice, after graduating from Howard law school, sued and won access to county facilities for all African Americans. He also organized citizens to combat lack of sewer lines, paved streets, and street lights. The children that attended the local community center named for him became his surrogate family. Today the Center?s free programs provide food, rental and utility assistance, job counseling, professional clothing for job interviews, transportation for the elderly, and hourly employment targeting needy teenagers.
Maybe you're one of those people who sits in a church pew on Sundays thinking to themselves, "I don't believe a word of this." Or perhaps you've checked out of the dogma arguments altogether, avoid church or temple and just to try living a good, decent life. Or, maybe you don't believe in god, but instead seek an ethical path consistent with your understanding of the universe.
If any of those sound like you, we should meet! We're the Northern Virginia Ethical Society, a congregation composed of people unified by a simple faith: we want to make the world a little bit better. Founded in the 19th Century, Ethical Societies believe that bringing out the best in others brings out the best in themselves as well. We also believe in science, reason, and you. We don't focus on an afterlife or Final Judgment: our duty is to the living, and to the future generations who will follow us.
Northern Virginia Ethical Society meets on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. from September to June, and provides a Sunday School for your children. Address: 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna, VA 22180. For driving directions and more information about NoVES, please visit the website, www.noves.org. We are also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ethicalsociety.