The Nicene Creed is found on page 358 of the Book of Common Prayer. It sums up the core doctrines of Christianity that were agreed by the church’s leaders in the year 325 at a meeting called the Council of Nicaea. It covers the nature of God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and the “catholic” (meaning “worldwide”) Church. We say it every Sunday, as part of our worship.
The Creed is a statement of the faith of the Church – the foundational beliefs of our tradition. It is not an individual confession of faith. You don’t have to believe every word. Many faithful Christians have trouble with parts of the Creed. Faith is a journey, and is rarely clear-cut. And the core of your personal faith may not be captured in the Creed at all.
You are welcome to say the Creed – or not. Or to say parts of it, and skip others. You are welcome to ask questions, and grapple with the mysteries. You are welcome among us – and please know that wherever you are on your faith journey, others at St. Dunstan’s are walking the road with you.