WES SURJ Is Now Open for a New Co-Hort

The battle is and always has been a battle for the hearts and minds of White people in this country. The fight against racism is our issue. It’s not something that we’re called on to help People of Color with. We need to become involved with it as if our lives depended on it because … Continued

WES to Host Humanist Clergy Collaboratory

The Humanists Are Coming! The Humanists Are Coming! Well, the clergy, that is. Amanda has co-founded, along with Rabbi Jeffrey Falick and Rev. Dr. David Breeden, the first-ever Humanist Clergy Collaboratory, bringing together clergy serving humanists from multiple different traditions–Ethical Culture, Unitarian Universalism, secular humanistic Judaism, and more. The idea is to build relationships among … Continued

WES’s Building: Energy Saving Upgrades Done

A note from Rich Reis and the Building Team. Replacing (almost) all lamps with Light Emitting Diode lamps (LEDs) The Building Team replaced over 200 fluorescent lamps around WES. In all cases, replacement was just removing the old lamp and installing the new LED lamp in its place – no rewiring. In many cases, we … Continued

Annual Operating Budget Drive is Underway

The annual operating budget drive has officially launched! We welcomed a record crowd of over 400 people last Sunday morning to hear Rep. Jamie Raskin talk about the way forward, and then heard Amanda connect it to our vision for WES in the coming year. To watch the entire platform or hear the podcast, we … Continued

RRT Collections for Refugees

A note from Sue Smith, Refugee Resettlement Team Coordinator: I was inspired by what Faiz Shakir, ACLU National Political Director, said at the nationwide town hall People Power kick-off event last Saturday.  He advocated an equal but opposite reaction to president Trump’s hate agenda, our love agenda that reflects our values.  ( I’m paraphrasing)  For … Continued

Auction Event Slots Open!

We have several spots available at our upcoming Auction event: It’s a Poker Night party co-hosted by Sarah Morris and Nancy Marucci to be held on Saturday, March 18 at 7pm at Sarah’s house in Silver Spring. We will be serving plenty of food (including vegetarian options), cocktails, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and dessert. We … Continued

RRT Welcomes Proceeds from WES Tonight

Refugee Resettlement Team Welcomes Proceeds from WES Tonight If you already have your tickets or you plan to see WES Tonight ( on Saturday, the Refugee Resettlement Team will have you to thank for helping finance this important initiative. While our progress in welcoming a newly arriving refugee family has been temporarily interrupted, we are … Continued

WES Tonight! Tickets Now on Sale

WES Tonight! is a Washington Ethical Society produced and performed variety show on March 11. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. And in our current climate, laughter may be just the thing to inspire and empower us as we continue our #resistance work!WES Tonight Tickets are $30 each in advance ( The suggested ticket price … Continued

March’s Theme: Risk

The theme for the month of March is Risk. The theme packet can be found at: As we dive into our examination of Risk, the platform topics are: March 5 — “Risking It All for the World” Congressman Jamie Raskin, joined by Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader. Join Rep. Raskin as he imagines what the world could look … Continued

Join the Welcome Team!

As we continue to see growth at WES, we are so thankful for our Sunday morning volunteers that make everything run smoothly. One of the groups that has been there every step of the way is the Welcome Team. Coordinated by Shan Evans, the Welcome Team staffs a table before each platform. They help visitors … Continued