TRISH COWAN: Why Foundation Beyond Belief Matters to MeBy Administrator
by Trish Cowan
Sunday School director, Ethical Society of St. Louis
Board member, Foundation Beyond Belief
Watching the development of FBB has been a really exciting process for me. Within any Ethical Society, the common bond between members is the desire to make the world a better place. Our members have varying beliefs, but we can all come together in the name of service and commit to improving the lives of others.
In addition to hands-on service projects, we have small scale monetary collections in our Societies and our Sunday Schools – and those are really important for our members and kids to feel like they can make a difference in our world. But FBB gives us the opportunity to pool our donations and have a greater impact on several outstanding organizations at once.
Still, what I love about FBB isn’t just the impact we make when we financially support worthwhile organizations. I also really love the opportunity to take a stand for humanism and show how caring and giving humanists are. When you get right down to it, no matter what faith tradition one follows, we are ALL humanists; all religions teach about the importance of treating people with love and respect. Speaking out and giving through FBB gives humanists the chance to reach others – including those who subscribe to other religions – and walk the walk, while making a name for ourselves as kind and generous citizens of the world.