This I Believe

Friendship Writes & Shares
This I Believe Essays
Summer 2016


This I Believe is a public dialogue about belief that was started in the 1950’s by journalist Edward R. Murrow. It was created following the Second World War to help America move from superficial sound bites into real, meaningful conversation about belief. It’s format is short, 3-5 minute audio essays, which are aired on various shows on NPR.

God is not a pie-in-the-sky philosophical concept; God lives in our specific stories. This summer, Friendship Presbyterian Church will write and record each of our individual faith stories so that we can tell our collective faith story over the next few months in worship. This project will be like having a time capsule of this congregation, at this place, in this time. Each one of us will get to be a part of it!

Questions?  Please contact Beth Farias at


THIS I BELIEVE Audio Essay Archive

What does Friendship believe?  Click on each essay below to find out!

Sunday, July 10th, 2017 | Cal Dennison with “A Life Without Fear” & Samuel Weber with “Looking Past Death”

Sunday, July 17th, 2017 | Ralph Intagliata with “The Truth”

Sunday, July 24th, 2017 | Stephen Davis with “Abiding in the Triune God”

Sunday, July 31st, 2017 | Joan Fisher with “David’s Story”

Sunday, August 7th, 2017 | Cassandra Intagliata with “God in Nature”

Sunday, August 14th, 2017 | Jennie Martin with “Community,” Greta Webster with “Family,” & David Fisher with “Being Friendly”

Sunday, August 21st, 2017 | Emily Sutton with “Trust in God”

Sunday, August 28th, 2017 | Jonah Weber with “Random Joy” & Shawna Bowman with “Joy”

Sunday, September 11th, 2017 | Sloane Gould with “Grace” & Andrea Denney with “We are All Saints and Sinners” 

Sunday, September 18th, 2017 |  Laura Heckel with “Quite A Life”, Beth Farias with “God is the Ultimate Rulebreaker” & Liliana Farias with “Courage”

Sunday, September 25th, 2017 | Marilyn Sherman with “God is always there”, Lois Schrunk “A Thankful Heart”, and Jo Kujawinski with “The Presence of the Holy Spirit”

Sunday, October 2nd, 2017 | Marc Rehula with “Artistic Expression” and “I am a Poem”Kathy Stear with “God Creates through us”, and Paul Madsen with “Trust in God”

Sunday, October 9th, 2017 | Liz Armstrong with “A Well Balanced Life”

Sunday, October 16th, 2017 | Jim Lifton with “Revelations” 

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | Maria Ortiz with with “God Is At My Side”

Sunday, October 21, 2018 | Scott Farley with “All Are Welcome”