The Washington Ethical Society-- where Humanists, Non-theists, Agnostics, Atheists, Believers, and Non-believers join together.
WES is a humanistic congregation that affirms the worth of every person. Our Sunday Platform Service is the heart of our community life. This is where we gather to reflect, to share companionship, and to refresh and renew our commitment to creating a more ethical world. We warmly welcome visitors to join us, participate in our activities, and get to know our community.
What We Believe: The Washington Ethical Society is a humanistic congregation that affirms the worth of every person. We strive through our relationships to elicit the best in the human spirit. With faith in human goodness, we appreciate each person’s unique capacities. We joyfully celebrate together and support each other through life. We nurture a sense of reverence and responsibility for each other and the earth. We invite you to join our community of children and adults as we work for a world where love and justice cross all borders.
Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong… Some of you will recognize the lyrics of Sing, by Joe Raposo from the early years of Sesame Street. Now, I disagree with singing only about happy things, not sad, but I do love a key part of the message: let’s all sing, together, without worrying so much about how it sounds, and more about how it feels.
Every platform, we sing together. Some of your kids would like to sing more, so here’s an opportunity! WES Youth Voices Chorus begins with an orientation on Wednesday, September 26, for parents/guardians and their children ages 8-18 from 6:30-7 pm in the Main Hall. Weekly rehearsals begin Oct. 10, and continue through Dec. 5 before taking a break for the winter holidays. Of course, I don’t expect that everyone will be able to attend every rehearsal (and we will all skip Wednesday, Nov. 21) but I suspect that once our youth get singing, they’ll want to make Youth Chorus a part of their weekly rhythm (see what I did there?!)
Now, before you start to wonder what your kids will do during platform, I’ll tell you: they’ll attend their SEEK classes or sit with you just as they always do, no changes necessary. The music we work on will include past and upcoming closing songs for our themes, as well as new pieces for the Youth Chorus to present in platform October 28, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9.
If you have more questions, please send me an email or just plan to attend the September 26 orientation. Here’s to making more music together!
-Bailey Whiteman, Music Director
At the WES Jam Sessions, interested musicians gather to practice music, either with the intention of playing during platform or other events, or just to develop musical skills in a group context. Attendees bring the music they want to play, and play what is brought. All instruments, musical genres, and skill levels welcome! Contact Bailey Whiteman, Music Director ([masked]) for more info, or to be added to the WES Musicians google group and calendar.
YOGA WITH ISHANI
The Washington Ethical Society, in partnership with Ishani from Love of Asanas, will be offering FREE YOGA CLASS every Saturday at 9:30am. The one-hour class will include mindfulness meditation. Questions? Visit www.LoveofAsanas.com for more info.