This I Believe

On April 30, we launched TNT: This I Believe!

On April 30, we had a relaxed conversation in a large group and in small teams. We read and heard essays about how two individuals saw a need and took action. One writer, Eboo Patel, regretted not supporting a friend during, which caused him to act right his wrong by educating others. The other writer, Jody Williams, was moved by a random request and started a campaign to remove landmines globally. Two people with very different experiences and motivations, who took very different actions.

The conversation we had was positive, earnest and everyone enjoyed the time and the opportunity to meet someone new and to talk about topics and ideas that we don't always talk about. It was a refreshing conversation for all who participated.

Who knows what the next essays will be about: sitting on the back porch and listening to the wind in the trees; taking a grandchild on a walk, or the importance of asking questions.

And it's not too late to join!

We are forming small group discussions and are always looking for more participants!

Small groups will begin meeting in the next few weeks. Groups will form based on topics of interest, time/availability, and other factors.

If you are interested in joining, please contact us at If you don't tell us you're interested you'll miss out on a wonderful opportunity to connect with Temple members you know and some you don't!

And for those curious about writing their own This I Believe essay, Debbie Galant will offer a writing seminar or two over the summer.

Last, we will host a final TNT: This I Believe event where participants can read and share their essays and other creative This I Believe responses.

Remember, it's not too late to join!

What can you do now?

  • If you are interested in participating, send an email to
  • If you don't have a copy of the This I Believe book, it might be good to secure a copy for yourself. You can even start reading. The essays are short, and take just a few minutes or so to read.
  • Recruit friends to join. it's always more fun to do things together. And it will never be too late. (And if you have middle school or high school students, or college age students back for the summer, they are also welcome.)
  • Once you sign up, expect a call or an email about your small discussion group, and a suggested date/time.

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