Becoming Orthodox – A New Creed

“A New Creed” is an affirmation of faith used widely in the worship services of the United Church of Canada. It was originally adopted in 1968 by the 23rd General Council. Originally known as “A Contemporary Expression of Christian Faith,” it began with the line “Man is not alone.” It was amended in 1980 to make its language inclusive.

The creed is not meant to replace the ancient Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed, but to act as a supplement to these statements of faith.

We are not alone,

We live in God’s world. 

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit. 

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope. 

In life, in death,
in life beyond death,
God is with us. 

We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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