Put on Your Sunday Best with BES, NoVES, and WES
Laura S. Steele
Washington Ethical Society
After a frightful and dangerous storm, the Washington Ethical Society (WES) was thrilled to have power restored by July 8th for the first ever joint Platform with the Baltimore Ethical Society (BES) and Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES). The four Leaders; Mary Herman (WES), Jone Johnson Lewis (NoVES), Amanda Poppei (WES), and Hugh Taft-Morales (BES), collaborated on the Platform entitled "Put on Your Sunday Best." (An mp3 version is available on the WES website
As people arrived, the meeting hall filled with chatter and the tables in the social hall quickly sported delicious salads, fruits, breads and desserts. Following opening words, American Ethical Union board members Karen Elliott (BES), Hank Gassner (NoVES), and Laura Steele (WES) helped launch the eventful day by each lighting a candle for their respective Society. This was followed by recognition of the President of each Society. Continuing the NoVES and WES tradition of reading a children's story, Lynn Munsinger's "The Tacky Penguin," a tale of a little penguin doing his own thing and thereby saving the day delighted both young and not as young. After the story, as is the custom at WES, the children and their teachers were "sung" out of the hall and down to the classrooms by a song called "May You Learn and Grow."
Each Leader spoke on a related but different theme of the idea of "putting on your Sunday best." Sprinkled throughout the Platform was wonderful music performed by individuals from each Society and songs led by the choruses from both NoVES and WES. "While there were differences in what each Society brought, it was also obvious that there's a common thread among us," said Leader Jone Johnson Lewis.
As we all know, our middle name is often "eating" instead of "ethical," and eat we did at a bountiful potluck lunch. Members of the Societies, including the children, had a chance to mingle, share common experiences and stories, make new friends, reconnect with old friends, and begin what we hope will become a new tradition among the Chesapeake Region Societies. Indeed, the buzz was a definite "let's do this again!" So if you are in the area next July, come and join us!