A New Creed from the United Church of Canada, in several languages

Called the New Creed, a much beloved Affirmation of Faith in the United Church of Canada …

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:canadian-maple-leaf
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.

In French

Confession de foi de l’Église Unie du Canada
Nous ne sommes pas seuls,
nous vivons dans le monde que Dieu a créé.

Nous croyons en Dieu
qui a créé et qui continue à créer,
qui est venu en Jésus,
Parole faite chair,
pour réconcilier et renouveler,
qui travaille en nous et parmi nous
par son Esprit.

Nous avons confiance en Dieu.

Nous sommes appelés à constituer l’Église :
pour célébrer la présence de Dieu,
pour vivre avec respect dans la création,
pour aimer et servir les autres,
pour rechercher la justice et résister au mal,
pour proclamer Jésus, crucifié et ressuscité,
notre juge et notre espérance.

Dans la vie, dans la mort, et dans la vie au-delà de la mort,
Dieu est avec nous.

Nous ne sommes pas seuls.

Grâces soient rendues à Dieu.

In Swahili
Imani Mpya

Hatuko pekee,
Twaishi katika Dunia ya Mungu.

Twaamini Mungu :
yule aliye umba na bado aumba,
yule aliye kuja ndani ya Yesu,
neno kafwanywa mwili,
kwaajili yakupatanisha na kujenga mpya,
yule anaefanya kazi ndani yetu na ndani ya wengine
kupitiya roho

Twamsadiki Mungu

Twaitwa kuwa kanisa:
Kusherekea hudhurio ya Mungu,
Kuishi kwa heshima kaitka Maumbile,
Kwakuwapenda na kuwatumikia wengine,
Kwakutafuta haki na kushinda maovu,
Kwakutangaza Yesu aliye kufa na akafufuka,
Mwamuzi wetu na tumaini letu.

Katika maisha, katika kifo, katika maisha kabla ya kifo,
Mungu yuko nasi.
Hatuko pekee,

Shukrani kwa Mungu.
In Tagalog
Ang Bagong Kredo

Hindi tayo nag-iisa
Nabubuhay tayo sa mundo ng Panginoon

Tayo ay naniniwala sa Panginoon
Na siyang lumikha at patuloy na lumilikha
Na dumating sa katauhan ni Jesus
Ang salitang nabuhay
Para tayo ay magkaisa at magbago
Na siyang bumubuhay sa atin at sa iba
Gawa ng Espiritu.

Tayo ay nagtitiwala sa Panginoon.

Tayo ay tinatawag para maging Simbahan:
Para ipagdiwang ang Kanyang muling pagbabalik
Para mabuhay na may respeto sa Kalikasan
Para magmahal at magsilbi sa iba
Para hanapin ang katarungan at iwasan ang kasamaan
Para alalahanin ang paghihirap at muling pagkabuhay ni Jesus
Ang ating tagapagtanggol at pag-asa

Sa pagkabuhay, sa pagkamatay at maging sa kabilang buhay
Ang panginoon ay kasama natin
Hindi tayo nag-iisa.

Salamat sa Panginoon.

In Japanese
新しい信条

わたしたちは一人ではありません
わたしたちは神の世界に生きています。

わたしたちは神を信じています。
神は創造され、その創造のみ業を続けられています。
神はイエスを此の世につかわし、
言葉を肉体とされて、
世と和解し、新しくされました。
聖霊によってわたしたちや他の人々に
働かれています。

わたしたちは神を信頼します。

わたしたちは教会となるように招かれています。
神様がご臨在されていることを祝い、
被造物を尊重しつつ生活し、
他者を愛し、仕えるため、
正義を求め、悪を退け、
十字架に釘(つ)けられ、復活されたイエスを
わたしたちの審判と希望とするために。
生と死、死を超えた生命であられる神が
私たちと一緒に居られます。
私たちは一人ではありません。

神様に感謝を捧げます。

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2 Responses to A New Creed from the United Church of Canada, in several languages

  1. This reminds me of a program Krista Tippett had up on her site recently, one in which she had interviewed Yaroslav Pelikan about his book on creeds, and he spoke of them as continual works of people newly gathered or newly excited about their faith, for whom the creeds of others were insufficient, for they were not gathered as part of some old experience, they needed to name their own. He read a Masai creed that was the most exciting I have ever heard, and he and Tippett remarked on its unusual phrasing. I keep meaning to try to find the book, which must be out of print now –

    • Maren says:

      If you find that creed please share it here. I find it also interesting that “creed” has taken on such a negative backward-looking tone that affirmation of faith — in essence the same thing — is the go-to language.

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