I was asked to write a statement of faith and because of my trust in a loving and creative Triune God, I re-wrote the ancient faith text, the Nicene Creed, to represent my ever-Reforming faith.
I believe in one God, Creator, Intruder, and Agitator Almighty,
maker of heaven and Earth,
creating and imagining still,
of all things, visible and invisible,
diverse and expanding.
And in my Savior Jesus Christ,
the Beloved Child of God,
eternally begotten by God before the planets whirled,
Divinity from Divinity,
Love from Love,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as God.
Through Christ all things were made.
For humanity, the universe, and our salvation
Christ broke into the chaos of creation
becoming incarnate by God’s Spirit and the young, poor Mary,
and was made flesh.
Christ taught and lived a life of peace and justice,
dined with prostitutes, outcasts, and fools;
denounced religiosity as the way to God’s heart, instead of loving one’s neighbor;
and gave up all power for the sake of loving the world.
Christ was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
suffered, and was buried.
On the third day God raised Christ from the dead, according to the Scriptures,
he ascended into heaven
and is extoled to God’s right hand.
Christ comes again and again
and one day will come in glory
to judge the living and the dead.
God’s Realm has already begun and will never end.
I believe in God’s Spirit,
active and moving, the giver of life and breath.
God’s Spirit dances with Christ and God in eternity,
and with God and Christ should be worshiped and glorified.
God’s Spirit has spoken through the prophets, past and present;
convicts the unjust, heals the wounded, and moves among the unloved.
I believe God’s Spirit hovers over the one holy catholic and apostolic church.
I affirm baptism and communion as sacred moments in the Beloved Community.
I look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
One thought on “the nicene creed: radically revised”
Having grown up in non-creedal churches, I often feel really uncomfortable when reading or reciting creeds. Something about them has never meshed well with my experience of God. This rewriting of the Nicene Creed, however, resonates with me deeply. It’s beautiful and feels so accurate to the God I have known. Thank you for posting it!
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