April’s Theme: Transformation

For the month of April, we will be exploring the theme of Transformation. The theme packet can be found at: As we dive into our examination of Transformation, the platform topics are: April 2, 9:30 & 11:30 — “Tearing It All Down” Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader. We live in a capitalist society, and there’s nothing we can … Continued

WES to Host a Resistance School

Resistance School:  Practical Skills Taking Back America Resistance School is a free four-week practical training program to sharpen the tools we need to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels. Our goal is to keep the embers of resistance alive through concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action. Join us at the Washington … Continued

Going Back to Our Roots– Don’t miss this update from WES!

It’s April…and this month, as we explore the theme of Transformation, we are committing ourselves to returning to our roots. Each Sunday will feature an hour-long reading of a Felix Adler text, without discussion or explanation, and music of any kind will be banned. April fools! ​(Although we will be reading a little Felix Adler … Continued

Sunday Book Club Gets Re-Tweeted!

Please share in the excitement of The WES Sunday Book Club! On Sunday, March 19th, Vicki Fang led us in an interesting discussion of Nathan Englander’s book of essays entitled What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank. It’s a fascinating book with varied essays that challenged us and that we all agreed … Continued

WES Joins #SanctuaryDMV Launch

On March 21 members of the Washington Ethical Society and senior leader Amanda Poppei joined with some 200 people representing a broad interfaith spectrum to officially launch the SanctuaryDMV network.  SanctuaryDMV represents 60 congregations of 17 faiths—and counting–in the DC, Maryland and Virginia metro region, who are committed to being in solidarity with immigrants and … Continued

WES SURJ Is Now Open for a New Cohort

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