Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New This Fall--WES Talks!

You've heard of TED Talks--brief lectures  by experts on all sorts of fascinating topics that you can listen to online.  Starting in September, we're launching WES Talks--a chance to hear in-person from a range of speakers on compelling issues. This will be a chance for WES members and friends to expand their knowledge and to connect with others.  The talks will be held between our two platform services at 10:45, with the first one on September 11.  Stay tuned-- first speaker to be announced soon. (Image by Johannes Jansson)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Long-Time WES Members Honored by American Ethical Union

Lynne and Todd Waymon received the Anna Garlin Spencer Award at the recent American Ethical Union annual assembly, an honor given to lay members of Ethical Societies who make significant volunteer contributions.  Lynne joined WES in 1968, and Todd became a member eight years later.  Together they led the adult education program, including developing a relationship-building course that was immensely popular and drew on Lynne's expertise in networking. 
Their legendary warmth and friendliness attracted many new members. "On my very first day at WES, what I remember most is Todd Waymon giving me a hug hello," recalled one member.  "Lynne taught me how to talk to people, and that changed my life," said another. Not surprisingly, given these qualities, Lynne served on the Welcome Team and Todd was Head Usher, among many other contributions. 
Perhaps most significant was their founding of our well-respected Coming of Age Program (COA-MATT).  They created the program as a lasting, positive testament to their beloved son Matthew, who was killed in a car accident, caused by a teenage friend who was driving recklessly.
As Amanda Poppei noted in her nomination of the Waymons for this award, they "have supported WES's vitality and growth in so many ways...they embody the spirit of Ethical Culture."
The Waymons now live in a Quaker retirement community in Pennsylvania--but they remain an integral part of our community.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Film + Platform Series this Summer

We're trying something new this summer.  WES members will host  films, linked to the theme of an upcoming platform.  This is a fun way to see a movie you may have missed--or return to a favorite--to reflect more deeply on the ideas they explore.
Show times:
Lars and the Real Girl
July 24, 3:00 - home of Tom and Saundra Bishop
Shawshank Redemption
August 12, 6:00 - with pizza at the Kaufmans' (adults only)
August 13, 4:00 - with picnic at Kravitz home
Groundhog Day
August 21, 5:00 - potluck at Kaufman home
August 27, 5:00 - potluck at Shelby French and David Pehlke
Contact hosts for more details and to RSVP.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Real Talk for Parents (Parenting Discussion and Kids’ Playdate)

WES is trying out a new event called "Real Talk for Parents." Join Melissa Sinclair, WES's Director of Lifelong Learning, for a discussion on talking to our children about sex and sexuality in a healthy, positive way. Bring your questions and conundrums. Melissa will share resources and a brief provide an overview of the Our Whole Lives sexuality education program offered at WES.
Children of all ages are welcome to join the playdate starting at 4pm in the Social Hall. Babysitters will be on hand so parents can join the discussion that will take place in the Library starting at 4:30.

Please RSVP (preferably by June 15) here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wanted--Eyeglasses & Frisbees!

Global Connections is collecting reading and sun glasses as well as glasses cases to take to El Rodeo, our sister community in El Salvador. Look for the collection box in the foyer. We will also be collecting frisbees -- feel free to decorate and send a message to the kids of El Rodeo.  Please bring to WES no later than Sunday, June 19th. If you have questions, please contact Lola Skolnik at

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 12 Membership Meeting--New Time!

This spring, we're trying something new--a post-platform membership meeting.  (Platform will be at 10:30 a.m. this summer, so we'll begin around noon.)
Bring a potluck dish for lunch, your own dishes, and your thoughts, ideas and reflections to share.  Among the agenda items:  electing new Board members and hearing from WES leadership; discussing our growth; winning prizes (!); and enjoying each other's company. If you will need child care during the meeting, please contact Melissa Sinclair ( or 202/882-6650) to sign up.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Did You Ever Miss a Platform?

At the excellent Mother's Day platform, a visitor stood during the response time and said that whenever he came to WES, he thought of people he wished were there, to hear the platform address.  Maybe you've had the same thought. Or maybe you had to miss a Sunday and you really wanted to hear the talk.  Well, you can! The handy link on the right of this page will lead you to the Sunday podcast.  This is a great way to introduce new folks to WES or to share with family and friends who live out of town.  Happy listening!