Annual This I Believe Sunday
Bette Sikes and Allen Lang
In the legacy of Edward Murrow’s This I Believe radio program starting in 1951, each year we invite two church members of varied walks of life to share their personal philosophies, hard-won beliefs, and basic values with the congregation.
In 1951, Murrow wrote: “in talking to people, listening to them, I don’t have a monopoly on the world’s problems. Others have their share, often far bigger than mine. This has helped me see my own in truer perspective: an in learning how others have faced their problems–this has given me fresh ideas about how to tackle mine.”
As Unitarian Universalists, one of the seven principles of our faith is the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”–which we do both independently and in community; our lives are all the richer when we join in our searchings and findings together.
Music for the “This I Believe” service will include several short settings of the familiar text “Love Is the Spirit of This Church.” The choir will also present the anthem “All Lifted Hearts” by UU composer the Jason Shelton, minister of music at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville. The work is a setting of the words of minister Kendyl Gibbons, minister of All Souls Unitarian Church of Kansas City, Missouri, and is a spoken and sung reflection on the third source of our Unitarian Universalist faith: wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life