Newcomers Q&A

Visitors are always welcome at all of our events, classes and services.  And if you are new to WES and exploring Ethical Culture for the first time? Join one of our Leaders for an informal discussion about our philosophy and programs, have a chance to ask questions, and to share what you are looking for in a congregation at a Newcomer’s Q & A.  These brief sessions are offered on the first Sunday of each month.  Contact Amanda Poppei, amandap@ethicalsociety.org

What to Expect on a Sunday

​Our Sunday platform services begin at 9:30am and 11:30am (10:30am in the summer months), and last for about an hour and fifteen minutes. We love welcoming visitors! Click on the link to the right to hear about other people’s first time at WES.
What should I wear?
You’ll see WES members wearing jeans and T-shirts, business suits, and unique artistic creations on Sunday mornings. However, the look tends toward “business casual.” Frankly, we’re more interested in getting to know you than in what you’re wearing. 
Is the building accessible?
Our building is equipped with an elevator and is accessible for persons with disabilities.   
What will happen on Sunday?
As you enter the front door, you can expect a warm welcome from our greeters. Please stop by the table in the front of the lobby and introduce yourself. We’ll offer you some information about WES and a name tag. Help yourself to a cup of coffee or tea in the lobby.

Children are welcome to attend the Platform or Sunday School. A greeter will show you where the Sunday School meets and introduce you to the Director of Lifelong Learning. Children generally start out in their classes and then come upstairs to join their parents in the Main Hall toward the end of the service.

At the start of the platform, a bell will sound. This is a signal to take your seat in the Main Hall, where an usher will hand you a program. Our platform service includes opening words, a community candlelighting, music and singing, meditation time, a platform address, community sharing time, and a collection.

After the closing of the platform service, everyone is invited to stay for coffee and cookies and to enjoy informal fellowship and conversation.  You can also sign up for classes and events at this time. If you have questions about WES, feel free to ask any member–we’re the people with the printed name tags.
Welcome! We look forward to meeting you. 

Click here to view of Visitor’s Welcome Packet.