This I Believe

A Most Important Question

What, at core, do you believe? Ask yourself. Not in a formal, religious sense, necessarily. In a personal sense.

It's a simple question that for many decades has yielded moving, and thought-provoking personal statements under the title, "This I Believe." Begun by legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow, "This I Believe" was launched to bring “comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.” NPR brought it back in 2003.

We’re bringing it to Temple Ner Tamid beginning next month. The initiative will kick-off with a TNT event April 30, at 7 p.m.

We invite interested TNT members to volunteer to host small groups at their homes and facilitate structured, 90-minute "This I Believe" sessions—over the spring and summer. If you are interested in hosting or joining a small discussion group, please contact Joel Dorow and Eric Roston at TNTCommunityPrograms@gmail.com . We also encourage informal, organic discussions and events that can supplement the workshops.

Over six months, we will gather to listen to and read short published “This I Believe” essays written by the famous and common. Each essay is compelling, filled with insights, concern, love and humor.

Essays dating back to the 1950s can be found here. Congregants are encouraged to browse from the archive, and read a collection of noteworthy essays published in book form here.

Using these essays as launch pads, we want to explore our own most closely held beliefs—religious or otherwise. How did you come to them? How do they touch your daily life? At the end of the congregational book reading and discussion, we want to compile a compendium of our own "This I Believe" essays, and a final congregation-wide moth-like event where willing participants can share their essays.

This should be a fun and rewarding community endeavor. We invite everyone to participate, young and old alike. Ultimately, we hope that understanding the differences in perspectives we hold under one roof at 936 Broad Street, can help us explore differences and similarities found in the great world outside the TNT community.