May 31
A weekly newsletter to keep you informed.
What's in this week's news?
WES member Justin Bend recently filmed some clips at WES over a few Sundays. Check out his video! Thanks to Justin and his team for putting together a great video!
On May 26, you should have received an email from WES with the ballot attached. If you did not receive that email, you can also find that ballot on the Members' Access section of the website.

Instructions to submit your ballot:
Ballots must be received at WES no later than Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm.  
Please submit your ballot in a  sealed envelope  that has the following information on it:
1.    the legible (e.g., printed) name of the member submitting the ballot
2.    the date (in the event of a duplicate ballot, the envelope with the latest date will be counted)
3.    the signature of the voter across the seal (to prevent tampering)   

You can  cast your ballot in person  by putting it in the ballot box at WES from now until June 4 at 1:30pm
You can  mail it to :
Washington Ethical Society
7750 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Attention: LLDC/Board Ballot 

NOTE: Ballots not in properly annotated and sealed envelopes will not be counted. Ballots not received by the deadline will not be counted.  

Ballots and envelopes will be available for voting onsite at WES before the June 4 Membership meeting.  

Text Donation Now an Option 
Do you think our Share the Plate organizations are a great cause? Do you often want to participate in collection but never carry cash? Look no further than WES's very own text message giving option!
To use, just follow these simple steps:

1) Text the amount you would like to donate and wording to let us know what it's for to  202-335-1885 .   We recommend saving the phone number as a contact in your phone. 
Example:  Text "$50 pledge" or "$50 share the plate" or just simply "$50" to donate to WES.

2) Follow the prompts to set up your account. (It will ask which  credit card you'd like to use, your email, your name, and billing information.)

3) You will receive a confirmation message.
That's it! So simple! And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Robyn at

This Sunday's Platform
9:30 & 11:30am.

 "Zest in the Era of Resistance" Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader.
As we begin our exploration of Zest, Amanda asks how we find it during a time that can feel overwhelming--whether it's because of national politics or our own struggles. How do we reclaim the right to live boldly, joyfully, and lustily while also refusing to look away from the hard parts of life? Music from Perry Beider.  
This Sunday at WES.
Newcomers' Q and A, 11am & 1pm, Library. New to WES? Join us for this informal gathering to learn a little about who we are and what we do here, and to get your questions answered!

Eat Dessert First: A Farewell to Barbara Searle, 1pm, Front Patio
. Help us say bon voyage to longtime member Barbara Searle, who is moving to California, by enjoying ice cream and memories!

Spring Membership Meeting, 1:30pm, Main Hall.
 For the meeting materials, please see the email that was sent out on Sunday. A pizza lunch will be available.

upcomingweeks The Upcoming Weeks at WES

Wednesday, May 31
  • WES Chorus rehearsal, 7:15 to 9pm, Social or Main Hall. WES Chorus meets weekly to rehearse, under the direction of Bailey Whiteman, Music Director . All music abilities welcome!
Thursday June 1
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm, Library. All are welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees! Agenda and materials are available in the Members' Access section of our website.
Friday, June 2
  • WES People of Color Meeting, 7pm, TBD. Please join other people of color, WES members and visitors, discuss our experiences and make connections. This meeting will be at Rajesh\'s house: 2033 Westchester Drive, Silver Spring. Please note there are about a dozen steps into the living room. For more information, we invite you to email Trang at
Wednesday, June 7
  • WES Chorus rehearsal, 7:15 to 9pm, Social or Main Hall. WES Chorus meets weekly to rehearse, under the direction of Bailey Whiteman, Music Director . All music abilities welcome!
Saturday, June 10
  • Second Saturdays are for Service at Wider Circle, 12-2pm, A Wider Circle. All are welcome! Noon to 2 pm. Join your WES friends as we help sort, clean, and move items for a good cause. Wider Circle: 9159 Brookville Rd # C, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Capital Pride Parade, 4:30-7:30pm, 15th St. & P St.
Sunday, June 11
  • Platform Service, 9:30am & 11:30am. " Proud to be Queer," James Croft. Throughout history queerness - membership of a sexual or gender minority group - has been denigrated and demeaned. Queer people have been and continue to be subjected to social stigma and legal discrimination all around the world. Today in America, queer people increasingly enjoy legal equality and increased safety, but rarely are we celebrated for the positive contributions we have brought society. In this Platform, James Croft (who is gay himself) will explore how LGBTQIA+ people have, in enthusiastically embracing their own identities, thrown open the floodgates of sexual and gender experimentation for everyone.
  • WEStalks, 11am, Social Hall.
  • Biology Reading Group, 1pm, Library. The Biology Reading Group meets the second Sunday of every month in the Library.  If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for the group please follow this link: For further information get in touch with Paul Baker, .
  • Red Blue Communication Class & Discussion, 1pm, Social Hall. Wondering how to put your ethical beliefs into action? Want to help change our divisive political climate? Join us this Sunday afternoon for an introductory workshop on communicating across the red-blue divide.  Participants will have the opportunity to: take stock of the challenging times we are living in, understand differences between conservatives and liberals, & learn proven methods to find common ground. For more information, contact or .
  • (NOT FOR PUBLISHING) New Member Dinner, 5pm, Campbell's Home.
  • Capital Pride Festival, 12-7pm, Pennsylvania Ave., NW, between 3rd and 7th Sts. Join us on DC's historic Pennsylvania Avenue at the 42nd Annual Capital Pride Festival in the Nation's Capital! Come for a family friendly day full of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration! The Festival is open to everyone.
Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 11
Tuesday, June 13
  • Jam Session, 6pm, Library. At the WES Jam Sessions, interested musicians gather to practice music (possibly with the intention of playing during platform or other events) or just to develop musical skills in a group context. Attendees bring the music they want to play, and play what is brought. All instruments, musical genres, and skill levels welcome!  For more information, contact Tom Bishop (
  • Adult Education Council Meeting, 7-9pm, Adler Study. This group meets monthly on the second Tuesdays of the month for people interested in creating classes, trips, events for our adult community at WES. If you would like attend, please do. You can also contact Melissa Sinclair for more information.
Friday, June 16
  • Still Thirsty After All These Years, Scion Restaurant, 1200 East-West Highway. 5:30pm or whenever you arrive to 7:30.   This group is for WES adults beyond the demographics of the "Young and Thirsty" group, but still thirsty for connections, entertainment, and new experiences. We will meet for Happy Hour on the third Friday of every month. Contact Nancy McGuire ( ) or Shan Evans ( for more details.
You can see the full calendar here. (
DC Pride Parade and Festival
WES will be participating in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 10 from 4:30-7:30pm and the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11 from 12-7pm. If you're interested in participating as a marcher or festival volunteer, please email Amanda (

Sing with us at AEU Assembly!

If you are interested in joining WES Chorus at the  June 11 Assembly Platform (all are invited), please join our rehearsals:
  • Optional -- Wed 6/75-9pm (includes tour & dinner) at WES
  • Strongly Encouraged -- Sat 6/104:30-6pm (total time including transportation by car pool) at Baltimore Society
  • Required -- Sun 6/11, 10am at Holiday Inn - Inner Harbor
For further details and to RSVP, please email WES's Music Director,
Bailey Whiteman at