Opening Words from Sun. January 27 by Amanda Verbeck

Good morning and welcome to pledge season at the Society! As the President-Elect and this year’s pledge campaign chair, my first reaction to heading up the pledge effort was “Oh no…I have to talk about money.” Talking about money doesn’t come easy for me. Probably because I haven’t been in a position where I’ve had much of it. So, I decided to approach this from a different perspective and think about the bigger picture. What does the Society mean to me? What do I value most about this place? And why do I make it a priority to give money here?

I kept coming back to the same answer: community. Truthfully, I had no idea what this community would come to mean to me. The people—all of you—are what make the Society special. And together, we are what makes this place tick. We develop friendships with groups like the Chorus, the Good Eatin’ potluck, and the Young Ethicals. We learn and grow together with Platform, SEEK, and Forum. We are there for each other with the Committee of Concern and Divorce Support group. We work for justice and equity with the End Racism team and Witnessing Whiteness classes. We volunteer as ushers, greeters, and Visitor Open House hosts. WE are the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

And collectively, we provide the funding to support the Society financially. Our contributions are used to pay the amazing staff and leaders, maintain this beautiful building, and ensure that all of our wonderful programs continue. Giving to the Society really is an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

This past week, you should have received a pledge packet in the mail. It includes a letter and invitation to the pledge lunch, as well as your pledge commitment form for the next year. It’s up to each of us to determine how to best balance our time, talent, and treasure. As you look at your own pledge, I encourage you to reflect on what the Society means to you and how you can generously give.

Next Sunday we will celebrate our community with the annual pledge lunch, and everyone is welcome at attend! Plan on bringing your pledge form, a side dish or dessert to share, and your smiling faces. Details about the lunch are printed in the program, and, if you have any questions, please come see me down in the Becker Room after Platform. I look forward to seeing you all next Sunday at the lunch.

NOTE: The ideas and opinions in this post do not necessarily express the thoughts or opinions of the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.