“The Ethical Society’s mission is to give birth to personalities who have attained for themselves an abiding ethical faith and are aflame with it.” – Dr. Felix Adler


The Washington Ethical Society is a congregation that meets every Sunday morning with a lot of offerings the rest of the week. Whether you are looking for a parenting group, a happy hour group, a deepening circle, a potluck within your neighborhood, a social justice oriented gathering, or something in between, WES is a community that is open to all.

WES’s Ends

Ends express an organization’s purpose… what it moves to bring about. WES’s Ends were affirmed by the membership at the WES Membership Meeting, June 7, 2015:

1. Inclusive – Diverse – Interconnected

WES is an inclusive and diverse center for Ethical Culture, humanism, and progressive religion that models the interconnected community we envision for the world.

2. Mind – Body – Spirit – Relationship

WES nurtures children, youth, and adults as whole beings – mind, body, and spirit – who seek their best selves in relationship with others.

3. Justice – Collective Power

WES works with others to build a community with justice, equity, and opportunity for all and uses collective power to eliminate oppression.

4. Citizens of the World – Stewards of the Earth

WES children, youth, and adults act collectively as citizens of the world and stewards of the earth.