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Religion and the Holidays

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Our world comprises much religious diversity. Yet regardless of our faith and its rituals, we all have the opportunity to care for one another, especially at this time of year. Click the links below to read how these essayists have embraced and been embraced by spiritual differences.

  1. The Space Between Us
  2. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero
  3. Expressing True Faith
  4. In the Spirit of Peace and Joy
  5. The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

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“December 7, 1941: A day which will live in infamy.” Seventy-four years after President Roosevelt spoke these words, we still remember the attack on Pearl Harbor and how the events of that day changed the world forever. Click the links below to read essays in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

  1. To Live with Uncertainty
  2. Word of Honor
  3. I Never Stopped Believing
  4. The Luckiest Generation
  5. Everyone Deserves Respect

Adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and many organizations around the U.S. are working to bring awareness to the creation of families through adoption. Whether domestic or international, open or closed, adoption provides an opportunity for children and parents to find their “forever” families. Click the links below to learn how adoption has inspired belief among these essayists.

  1. Grabbing the Baton
  2. The Bond Between Mother and Child
  3. Becoming a Parent Is a Gift
  4. The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal
  5. Considering Adoption

Sharing Food With Family

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Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, with the attendant gatherings of family over food and drink. Regardless of the context, sitting down to share a meal can affirm our connections, our roots, and our traditions. Click the links below to partake of these beliefs about food and family.

  1. Doing Things the Slow Way
  2. Come to My Table
  3. Rice for Thanksgiving
  4. A Home-Cooked Tradition
  5. Finding Acceptance in Macaroni and Cheese

Teaching

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Many say that teaching is the most noble profession in the world. And a lot of teachers also say it’s the world’s hardest. Teaching can be fun and invigorating, challenging and exhausting, all at the same time. To celebrate National Education Week, click the links below to learn how teaching has inspired lifelong beliefs for these essayists.

  1. A Taste of Success
  2. You Can Get There From Here
  3. I Believe in Change
  4. This Is Why I Teach
  5. The Teacher

Beliefs Born on the Battlefield

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There is perhaps no time that belief is more emphatically tested, and acted upon, than in war. For this Veterans Day, five essayists who served in the American military from World War I through the Iraq War tell how their experiences shaped their beliefs.

  1. Toward a Far, Far Better World
  2. Revelations on a Bomb Run
  3. An Equal Place on Earth
  4. Patriotic Ponderings
  5. We Will See the Job Through

Jury Duty

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How do you react when a jury summons arrives in your mailbox? Do you dread the thought of sitting in the jury pool, or do you welcome the opportunity to play a crucial role in our system of justice? Click the links below to discover what these essayists believe about jury duty.

  1. The Importance of Jury Duty
  2. A Gift From Our Democracy
  3. To Escape Or Embrace Jury Duty
  4. Willful Ignorance

Beliefs of Scientists

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There have been many revolutionary developments in the world of science in the last 100 years. And This I Believe essayists from both the 1950s and today have been at the forefront of some of the most life-changing discoveries in their lifetimes. From Albert Einstein to Brian Greene, click the links below to read the beliefs of these scientists.

  1. An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man
  2. Science Nourishes the Mind and the Soul
  3. Living at the Science-Religion Interface
  4. The Power of Mysteries
  5. The Tense Middle
  6. Nature of the Species

The Necessity of Creativity

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Most elementary school children take art and music lessons during the school day; however, when budget cuts are necessary, these classes are the first to go. And, after primary school, many children don’t have any creative outlet at all. Click the links below to learn why these essayists believe in the importance of creativity.

  1. How Do You Believe In A Mystery
  2. An Athlete of God
  3. Creative Solutions To Life’s Challenges
  4. Ideals Don’t Bend
  5. Everyone Has Talent

Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love

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In Philadelphia, an idea was born more than sixty years ago, and it still endures today. At a local Philadelphia radio station in the early 1950s, the idea for This I Believe was born. The international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing their core values has its roots in a place that values optimism, community, and the brotherhood of man. Click the links below to learn the beliefs of these Philadelphians.

  1. All Men Are My Brothers
  2. Love Without Requirement
  3. A New Control of Destiny
  4. I Believe in Philadelphia
  5. Culture, Practice, and Transformation