Please join us this Sunday, August 12th at 10 a.m. The DUUF service will be a potluck breakfast & discussion coordinated by Mary Nice.
The discussion topic will be “This I Believe,” inspired by a book based on the NPR series “This I Believe.”
Below are writing suggestions for advanced preparation for the discussion, if you would like. Also you can visit the website at www.thisibelieve.org.
This is an informal get-together so you don’t really have to do anything. Just bring a willingness to share some food and your thoughts!
This I Believe Essay Writing Suggestions
Writing your own statement of personal belief can be a powerful tool for self-reflection. It can also be a wonderful thing to share with family, friends, and colleagues. To guide you through this process, we offer these suggestions:
Tell a story about you: Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in the events that have shaped your core values. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and family, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs.
Be brief: Your statement should be between 500 and 600 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.
Name your belief: If you can’t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. Also, rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief.
Be positive: Write about what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid statements of religious dogma, preaching, or editorializing.
Be personal: Make your essay about you; speak in the first person. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.” Tell a story from your own life; this is not an opinion piece about social ideals. Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.
In introducing the original series, host Edward R. Murrow said, “Never has the need for personal philosophies of this kind been so urgent.” We would argue that the need is as great now as it was 65 years ago.
Please contact Mary to sign up for a potluck item to share. If you have questions about either the breakfast or discussion feel free to contact Mary, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.