This week there is a small group in the church working on their own statements of faith as they finish reading Almost Christian. Part of the problem author/pastor/researcher Kenda Creasy Dean names is that we often are not able to articulate our own faith, and therefore have a hard time building Christian community or passing on the content of the Christian tradition, and when that happens then other things that look like Christianity but aren’t (ie, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism) are able to sneak in and colonize the church.
Also, each spring there is a group of teenagers that creates what we call a “Faith Expression”–some way, whether with words, art, music, etc, of saying what they believe. Who is God/Jesus/Spirit? What does God have to do with us? How do we interact with God and one another? What does our faith in God mean for our everyday lives, for how we live on the planet, for how we do our work, for how we treat ourselves and one another? What is the church, and how are we a part of it? Etc.
So, for this week’s installment of “This We Believe,” we’d like to encourage you to think for a few minutes about your faith, and find a way to articulate what you believe. Feel free to put your statements, however brief or lengthy, in the comments so we can encourage each other as we learn to articulate our faith together!