March 1
NEWS & NOTES
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themeMarch's Theme: Risk
The theme for the month of March is Risk. The theme packet can be found on the website at: http://ethicalsociety.org/sundaymorning/theme-packets/. As we dive into our examination of Risk, the platform topics are:
  • March 5 -- "Risking It All for the World" Congressman Jamie Raskin, joined by Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader. Join Rep. Raskin as he imagines what the world could look like with the strong leadership of communities like WES, and Amanda as she invites us to envision what that leadership can be in the year to come. This platform kicks off our annual operating budget drive for 2017-18. Music from the WES Chorus.
  • March 12 -- "Teen Platform" WES Teen Group. You won't want to miss the WES Teens put on their annual platform as they explore the theme of risk from their own perspectives, and how it applies to their own lives as teenagers in the greater Washington DC area.  The teens will also offer an opportunity for audience participation in a fun game show.  Are you willing to risk it?
  • March 19 -- "Money Makes the World Go Round (?)" Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader. Often when we think about risk our mind goes to the stock market...investments, risk and reward, high-yield bonds. But sometimes, even talking about money can feel like the biggest risk. Amanda will explore our complicated relationship with money, income, socioeconomic status, and more.
  • March 26 -- "Risking Connection, Risking Failure: All Music Platform." WES Chorus, Bailey Whiteman, Music Director. As has become a tradition, the WES Chorus will again fill the platform with words and song, this year exploring how we risk, and what we gain. From the first moments to the closing words, we will risk together, and see where the music takes us.
Below is the art for this month from our WES 2016-2017 Artist Carol Clayton along with her statement.

At first glance, an easy topic to photograph -- risk is everywhere -- it's an everyday occurrence as we bare ourselves to each other.  Each day we risk the pain of rejection, we risk loving people that may leave, we risk walking sidewalks that seem safe until an out of control vehicle veers off course. Risk is a constant for drivers, and we generally don't even think about it.  One day when my son Adam was about 7, he made the observation that the only thing that kept us from wrecking as we drove around a curve on Rock Creek Parkway was that there is a social obligation to stay in your own lane.  Creep over the center line, and you risk injury, even death.  All these things could keep us shivering in our beds, covers pulled up to our chins, frozen in a miasma of fear, yet almost all of us get out of bed each day, walk the streets, drive, fall in love, marry, have children, travel to exotic places, try new foods. Some of us climb, or hike, or ride bikes (on DC streets a risk indeed), indulge in sports where we risk our tendons and our egos.  We make new friends, we reach out to strangers, we protest.  All of these are risky behaviors.  Which is why this was a difficult topic to photograph, because in the end, life is a risk.  And so I chose the dice.  They were the best example of the risks we all take every day, when we swing our feet over the side of the bed and stand up and go out into the world to live another day. We throw the dice and hope for the best.

Life is a crapshoot.  
 
 

article2Community Platform: This Sunday!
2017 COMMUNITY PLATFORM & PLEDGE PARTIES
Community Platform: Sunday, March 5 at 9:30 and 11:30.
Rep. Jamie Raskin will be our guest speaker at the March 5 Community Platform, discussing how WES is positioned to respond to our current political situation.
The  Community Platform and  Pledge Parties will replace the Community Dinner that WES has traditionally held in the spring. The parties provide members more options and better accommodate our growing congregation (that can no longer fit in the Main Hall all at once).
RSVP by March 5 for a Pledge Party! Party options include brunch, cocktails, dinner or dessert at different WES members' homes. Events vary in size from intimate to raucous. See the full list of parties and  RSVP here. Space is limited at each event, so RSVP early to get your choice.
At the pledge parties, we will discuss WES's goals and provide an opportunity for you to fill out your annual pledge for the 2017-18 fiscal year. You will receive electronic pledge forms via email to help you plan and prepare. Remember, your pledge finances WES's future!
Please RSVP for each individual that will be attending at:
news1WES Tonight! Tickets Now on Sale

WES Tonight! is a Washington Ethical Society produced and performed variety show. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. And in our current climate, laughter may be just the thing to inspire and empower us as we continue our #resistance work!

WES Tonight Tickets are $30 each in advance (westonight.eventbrite.com). The suggested ticket price covers the cost of the show, drinks and light fare, and a donation to the WES Refugee Response Team. We invite you to add a donation to your ticket price as a donation to the support of refugees in our area. We appreciate your support and generosity! However, if the suggested ticket price is prohibitive, please contact us at WES@ethicalsociety.org.

Ticket price at the door day of the show will be $40.

Doors will open at 6:30pm.

Bar and light snacks will open at 6:45pm - as well as lobby entertainment.

Doors to the main hall for seating open at 7:15pm.

Show starts at 7:30pm.

Intermission will be mid show and bar/light fare will be available at that time as well.
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This Sunday's Platform
9:30 & 11:30am. 

"Risking It All for the World" Congressman Jamie Raskin, joined by Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader. Join Rep. Raskin as he imagines what the world could look like with the strong leadership of communities like WES, and Amanda as she invites us to envision what that leadership can be in the year to come. This platform kicks off our annual operating budget drive for 2017-18. Music from the WES Chorus.
This Sunday at WES

Teen Waffle Bar, 10:45 am, Lobby. Every first Sunday of the month the Teens will offer waffles and an assortment of toppings for WES members and friends. Waffle ingredients and toppings are purchased through waffle bar proceeds. Remaining funds go to the Teen group for Service trips. Free will donation. #WESteens

Newcomers' Q and A, 10:45am & 12:45pm, Adler Study. 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!


 

Jam Session, 1pm, 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!




upcomingweeksThe Upcoming Weeks at WES
Thursday, March 2
  • Our Ethical Education Identity, 7pm, Library. Learn the 150-year history of Ethical Culture in a fun, informative history lesson starting with Felix Adler and ending with where we are in our movement today.
Friday, March 3
Monday March 6
  • Mindfulness meeting, 7:30-9pm Library. This group meets monthly on the first Monday of the month for people interested in practicing meditation and living with mindfulness - or for anyone wanting to find out more about these topics. We explore both practices and ideas. Contact Trish Weil at trishweil@juno.com or Ann Baker at bakera@gao.gov .
Wednesday, March 8
  • 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, March 11
  • Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation: A Program for White People featuring Chris Crass. All Souls Church, 9am-1pm. Registration is $25/person, financial assistance available.  Snacks are included. Our nation needs more people working for racial justice, and white people have particular roles to play. This inspiring and interactive program is designed to help white folks deepen our commitment to racial justice, ground our work in the broader struggle for liberation, and connect with the emotional and spiritual resources needed to be courageous, resilient, and effective over the long haul. Our keynote speaker is author, educator, and movement-builder Chris Crass. Crass is the author of Towards the "Other America": Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter and also Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy .  He is a Unitarian Universalist and works with faith-based communities to help build up the spiritual Left. Register now at https://www.uua.org/central-east/events/region/courage-racial-justice-0317?month=2017-03
  • WES Tonight!. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale at WEStonight.eventbrite.com
Sunday, March 12
  • Platform Service, 9:30 & 11:30. "Teen Platform" WES Teen Group.  You won't want to miss the WES Teens put on their annual platform as they explore the theme of risk from their own perspectives, and how it applies to their own lives as teenagers in the greater Washington DC area.  The teens will also offer an opportunity for audience participation in a fun game show.  Are you willing to risk it?
  • WEStalks, 11am, Social Hall.
  • Coming of Age (COA-MATT) Information Meeting, 1pm, Double Classroom. Interested in WES's Coming of Age - May All Teen Thrive program? Join us for an information session to learn all about the plans for next years cohort. If you can't join us but you would like more information, please contact Melissa Sinclair (melissas@ethicalsociety.org).
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 1pm, Social Hall. All are welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees! Agenda and materials are available in the Members' Access section of our website.
Tuesday, March 14
  • 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!
  • 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.
Wednesday, March 15
  • 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!
 
For a more detailed and long range calendar, we invite you to check out the calendar on our website: http://ethicalsociety.org/blog/events/.
 
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SEEK Spotlight
For March 12th's Second Sundays are for Service, SEEK needs donations of old t-shirts, sweats and fleece as well as baby socks to support the Humane Rescue Alliance. Children will be making rope toys and catnip toys for dogs and cats awaiting adoption.

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