A New (Nicene) Creed

Some of our subscribers have been discussing creeds. We thought everyone might like to look at this. Does this raise any questions or reactions?

by Don Welch on May 24, 2013

We believe in God,
the creative force that sustains and
nurtures humanity in ways
beyond our understanding.

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth
embodied the power of this force;
extraordinarily able to grasp its meaning,
he revealed this face of reality to us
in his life and teaching.

Because he was human, like us,
through grace and mercy
he offers us access
to this incomprehensible power.

There are forces in our lives
that assault humanity,
that bring suffering, degradation
and death.
Because of the strength of such forces,
Jesus was rejected and killed.
But death did not silence his voice.

Evil will not eradicate the good that
he showed us, a good that
lives in us and through us.

The power of this creative force
is at work in our lives today.
Our forefathers and mothers
gave witness to this source of life and
goodness in their words and deeds.
We, as members of this community
of faith, will likewise give witness
in our words and deeds.

Secure in our faith, we will fear no evil.
When we falter, goodness and mercy
will rescue us.
Beyond our lives, grace will abound. Amen.

First published in ProgressiveChristianity.org at ProgressiveChristianity.org : Nicene Creed (NEW)


3 thoughts on “A New (Nicene) Creed

  1. Brother Mac Campbell tssf

    Thanks to Don Welch for this reworking. Don you have tried to supply what is a glaring lack in the formulations of the first few centuries; their credal formulae met the needs of the time, but they were as unaware of the need to mention love as fish are unaware of the need to mention water. Your inclusion of words like “grace” and “mercy” helps to bridge the gap.
    On the other hand, the Nicene formulation “for us…and for our salvation” has a special value even now, written as it was before the great works of Augustine of Hippo, and others. The formulation was made at a time when it was explicitly declared that God sent Jesus “for us” because of our value, quite apart from our need for salvation. So according to this formulation, God would have sent Jesus to enrich us even if we had not needed saving.

  2. Margaret Ortiz

    This piece on the Nicene is great as was the one on white supremacy I read yesterday. Who should I speak to in regards to permission to republish these two pieces in our St Mary’s in Exile quarterly magazine?

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