Speaker: Amanda Poppei

The Mysteries We Solve

What happens when we die? How do we know if we are making the right decision about something? What the heck is the meaning of life? Join us for a platform in turns playful and serious as we all have an opportunity to ask, and answer, the … read more.

The Mystery Within: The Mystic and Humanism

Winter is a time to burrow in, to wrap ourselves in blankets and draw our attention inward. Paradoxically, though, going inward can actually connect us more deeply with all that is around us–with the oneness of all. Amanda explores the traditions of inward renewal, and … read more.

The Mystery Without: The Cosmos and Us

What exactly is out there? How do we fit into the big wide world? And does contemplating the concept of multiverses and infinite galaxies make us seem incredibly tiny…or full of awe…or both? Join Amanda to explore the great story of the universe and how … read more.

The Mystery Among Us: Human Culture Across Time

How did religion begin? Why did so many cultures build pyramids? Where did language come from? Take a fascinating tour of human history–and the mysterious current that binds us together–with Amanda and our special guest, Dr. Kusimba, professor of anthropology at American University. Music from … read more.

Remembrance Day

As we begin our exploration of Memory, join us for this meaningful Sunday–the time each year that we honor those we have lost & consider how their memories continue to change our lives. Poet Gayle Danley will join us to share her words & wisdom.

Family Stories

Join Senior Leader Amanda Poppei and Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd (Senior Minister, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation) as we weave together stories of humanist ancestors (from the broadest possible sense of inclusion) and humanist descendants.

Is There Sanctuary For Us on Earth?

Amanda will explore the concept of sanctuary–as in refuge, a place of safety–and how we do, and don’t, experience these places of safety in our lives.

SEEKing a Vision

What is the point of sending your child to a humanist Sunday School? Why should we even have children and youth as part of a congregation like ours? Amanda will explore how a community like WES is different than anything else in our children’s lives.


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Ask Me Anything

Always a favorite, this platform features YOUR questions, and Amanda’s attempts at an answer! Send them ahead of time to amandap@ethicalsociety.org, or be prepared to write them down that morning. Music from Bailey Whiteman.