A New Creed and A Song of Faith
United Church of Canada Belief Statements
A New Creed
- 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 Song Of Faith
“A Song of Faith” is a statement of faith that seeks to provide a verbal picture of what The United Church of Canada understands its faith to be in its current historical, political, social, and theological context at the beginning of the 21st century. It is also a means of ongoing reflection and an invitation for the church to live out its convictions in relation to the world in which we live. A Song of Faith was approved at the 2006 General Assembly in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
This statement of faith attempts to reflect the spirit of The United Church of Canada and to respond to various defining elements in our social, political, and historical context, including the place of the church in society, the cultural and intellectual setting in which we find ourselves, the meaning of “truth,” the impact of the market economy on our daily lives, and the growing issue of the meaning of “security.”
This is not a statement for all time but for our time. In as much as the Spirit keeps faith with us, we can express our understanding of the Holy with confidence. And in as much as the Spirit is vast and wild, we recognize that our understanding of the Holy is always partial and limited. Nonetheless we have faith, and this statement collects the meaning of our song.
For a detailed statement of “A Song of Faith” please consider linking to Song of Faith