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"Foundation Beyond Belief is a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, our mission is to:

  • Unite the humanist community in volunteering and charitable efforts.
  • Advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.
  • We forward our mission through our programs: Grants, Disaster Recovery, Service Corps, and Volunteer Network."

Final Exit – Lessons for the End of Life

  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
  • Where: Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Most everyone who has dealt with the death of a family member or someone close to them may have experienced the heartbreak of a loved one who had to suffer with a painful and slow death. We continue to deal with the interference of religion on the medical community with respect to "death with dignity" issues, so we are excited to have Julia Hanway with the Final Exit Network to speak on this issue!

Final Exit Network is a registered non profit organization that operates throughout the United States with a little over 3,000 members. The members believe in "Death with Dignity" and an individual's right to self determination.  It is the only organization that publicly provides education on all end of life choices as well as a compassionate presence to those who are suffering from incurable diseases and have chosen to end their suffering.  The organization has been instrumental in the changing laws in the Death with Dignity movement and works nationwide to effect change in state laws through the court system. 

She will discuss the laws in Louisiana, and the current status of those laws throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central and South America.

Hanway has worked with Final Exit Network as a volunteer since 2010 and is the Special Projects Coordinator, currently working on a North American Conference focusing on "Dying in the Americas," an academic and lay conference designed to further the discussion of dying within the legal and medical academic communities, as well as in the broader lay community.

She was in charge of the 2014 World Federation of Right to Die Societies  which was held in Chicago and brought together over 25 countries.

Her husband, Robert Rivas, is general counsel for FEN and was a pioneer in the death with dignity movement.  He won one of the first death with dignity cases in Florida in 1997 - the first state trial court decision ever won in favor of the right to die. Unfortunately, that case was later overturned by the Florida Supreme Court, but the organization is hopeful that one day a U.S. Supreme Court ruling will change laws throughout the nation. 


Community Service Volunteer Meeting - Let's Organize!

  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am
  • Where: Conference Room at the Myrtle Banks Bldg., 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA view map

One of the most appreciated parts of NOSHA is the ability to do meaningful community service with like-minded people in the spirit of our secular humanist values.

We have offered several activities over the years that have been quite popular: Second Harvest Foodbank (we have an event coming up in November, in fact), clean-ups with Save Our Cemetery and our annual commitment to raise money for the NO/AIDS Walk just held in September.

We want to bring together everyone in NOSHA who has an interest in community service to help us develop our opportunities to better meet your interests. Help us be a better organization by volunteering for this committee challenge and meet some new friends at the same time!

NOTE: The conference room is on the 3rd floor of the Myrtle-Banks Building, which houses the Dryades Public Market. The parking lot and entrance for Market are at the back, on Rampart Street (between Erato and Thalia). The elevator is at the back left corner, behind deli. Go to level "3R". Go down hall to last door on left. 

More detailed instructions with pictures here. 


Last Supper Dinner Club - November

  • When: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
  • Where: SukhoThai, 4519 Magazine Street, New Orleans, view map

Dine With the Deniers!

Join us for authentic Thai food at one of our favorite haunts! It's easy to park at the Magazine location, but please be mindful of the neighbors and parking regulations. 

Check out the menu here!

We rely on accurate RSVPs to work with the restaurant, so please update your RSVP if it changes. If you won't be coming after choosing "Yes", then take 10 seconds and let us know. It is the courteous thing to do especially since we have a seat waiting for YOU. Where food is concerned, be a friend! 


Volunteering with Second Harvest Foodbank - November

  • When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 11:30 am
  • Where: Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

It’s time to volunteer again! 

One of our most popular and well-attended activities as a group has been working with the Second Harvest organization where we sort and box donated food for families in need in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. 

We are thankful for the efforts of NOSHA board member Glenn Pearl who has been our contact person, setting up our volunteer shifts and keeping us involved. 

√ The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. It should be cooler, so come prepared.

√ Outside work is un-shaded, we have sunscreen available, but it is recommended to bring sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun protection.

√ YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√ Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√ Minimum age to volunteer at Second Harvest is 9 years old.