What Does it Mean to Have a Creed?

Today was the first meeting of the fall retreat series I am giving at University of St. Thomas School of Law: Reflections on the Apostles’ Creed. (I am also giving similar programs at both St. John’s Episcopal and St. Hubert’s this fall.) The goal of the series is to get people to grapple with what it is they are affirming when they recite the creed. Because it is the most widely accepted formulation of the creed among Christian creedal traditions, I am using the Apostles’ Creed for purposes for our reflection.

In this first session, I spoke about what a creed is and why having a creed matters to us today. At the deepest level a creed is about what I give my heart to, what orients my life. The participants also spent some time during the session individually reflecting on their current understanding of the twelve clauses of the Apostle’s Creed and sharing areas of question they have.

In subsequent sessions we will talk about the different parts of creed. In anticipation of our next session, the participants will pray with reflections from a variety of theologians and other writers on what it means to them to affirm belief “in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth.”

You can stream the podcast of the talk I gave today from the icon below or can download it here. (The podcast runs for 19:25). You can find a copy of the prayer material the participants will pray with this week here.