Creed (Joan Chittister, OSB)
We believe in God, who made us all
And whose divinity infuses life with the sacred.
We believe in the multiple revelations of God, alive in every human heart,
Expressed in every culture, found in the all the wisdoms of the world.
We believe in Jesus the Christ, who leads us to the fullness of humanity,
To what we are meant to become.
Through Christ, we become new people,
Called beyond the consequences of our brokenness,
Lifted to the fullness of life.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God on earth,
Who keeps the Christ vision present to souls yet in the darkness,
Who gives light to hearts now blind,
Who infuses energy into spirits yet weary, isolated, searching and confused.
We believe in God who is life.
Amen to courage, to hope, to spirit of truth, to nature, to happiness,
To wholeness, to the partnership of women and men in God’s plan,
To the Christ who calls us beyond the boundaries of ourselves, to forgiveness,
And to everything that stretches our hearts to the dimensions of God.
In all of this, we can surely believe, as God does.
Joan Chittister, OSB
Creed from Unknown
We believe in God, who places joy in our souls,
dancing in our toes and songs in our hearts.
We believe God wanted gladness to flow like a river
and so created a bountiful earth with plenty for all to share.
We believe in Jesus, who turned water into wine,
celebrated with outcasts and sinners,
and touched the broken so that they could leap and dance.
We believe that Jesus opened the doors
and set an extra place so we could feast.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who prompts us to smile,
who sends invitations to come and dine,
who nudges us to openness and tenderness.
We believe the Spirit is present every time
we gather to break bread and
is urging us to live joyfully and walk hopefully.
Forever, we will live in the embrace of God
and be a witness to resurrection joy. Amen.