About This I Believe at BU Spiritual Life

Why Write Our Stories?

What beliefs and values guide us through our daily lives? What philosophy of life influences our decisions each day?

This I Believe at Baylor University Spiritual Life is a campus-wide effort encouraging students, staff, faculty, and alumni to reflect on, share, and discuss what YOU believe. Because:

  • Writing is a vital process of intellectual growth and self-discovery.
  • Writing is an important piece of identity formation and spiritual growth. It is a centuries-old practice of self-reflection that encourages spiritual development.
  • Writing and sharing our stories helps us learn from the differences and diversity that are all around us. It helps us shape and discover who we are, and it helps us strengthen community.
  • Writing helps us engage in critical, thoughtful practices of self-reflection about our world as well as the ways language itself shapes and constructs the realities and communities that we live within each day

Writing is not simply a tool used to communicate ideas but a significant part of who we are and how we form communities…and community doesn’t happen in a vacuum. So we have to write our stories as well as share them with others for us to create and to discover the communities and “texts” that shape who we are and who we want to become.

“Writing” is not just about words on a page. It’s also about images, photographs, videos and other forms of media. So please feel free to send us any media that help to tell your story and what you believe. For more information on submission guidelines click How to Tell Us What You Believe. Join our community formation by reading our Stories.

History

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived on their website (thisibelieve.org), heard on public radio, chronicled through their books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

This I Believe, Inc., was founded in 2004 as an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.

In reviving This I Believe, executive producer Dan Gediman said, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

Selected contemporary This I Believe essays were featured in regular broadcasts on National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States from 2005 to 2009, in a series produced and hosted by Jay Allison. Essays are now featured in weekly broadcasts on satellite and public radio shows hosted by Bob Edwards.

{For more information go to About National This I Believe Project}