Our understanding of our faith has evolved throughout history and is evolving still… Like most progressive Christians, we believe that how we act is as or more important than what we believe. (Matthew 7:22-24)
In the last decade, many voices in the United Church thought it was time to formulate a new statement of our core beliefs in contemporary language. This is no easy task, given the diversity of understandings within our denomination. The result, however, has met with almost universal acclaim…
Click to open A Song of FaithFaith, our new expression of faith.
(Link opens a new page on the United Church of Canada’s website)
A New Creed 1968 is often used in worship and other rituals.
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.
A New Creed is a brief and well-loved affirmation of faith used widely in our worship (1968; rev. 1980, 1995).
The 20 Articles of Doctrine; A Statement of Faith, 1940; A New Creed; and A Song of Faith are recognized as standards subordinate to the primacy of scripture in the doctrine section of the Basis of Union. (See The Manual, pages 11-28).