Recently, while at work, I was thinking about the Apostles’ Creed, and how I cannot say the words in it anymore and actually mean them. So, when I got home from work, I sat down and rewrote it. I decided to share my rewritten creed on Facebook. I’d already rewritten and shared a few Bible verses in a similar manner, and my friend Rod asked when I was going to turn these into blog posts. Well, there’s no time like the present.
Here’s what I wrote:
I believe in God, our Mother Bear,
source of all being.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s wisdom made flesh,
along with Sophia, the church, and all that live in wisdom.
Born of the bad-ass womanist liberation theologian, Mary,
suffered under the systems of oppression of this world,
was crucified, died, and was buried,
forever joining in solidarity with those murdered by Empire.
On the third day, the women declared him risen;
signifying God’s “No” to oppression.
He points to God our Mother Bear,
who works in this world, calling for justice for the poor and oppressed.
I believe in Sophia Spirit,
Christ’s body, the church,
the communion of saints,
the grace to reject this world’s systems,
hope for justice in the future,
and renewed life everlasting. Amen.
I was just going to share this, call it the Feminist Apostles’ Creed. Then I realized that wouldn’t be accurate. This isn’t the Feminist Apostles’ Creed, because feminism is a diverse movement, and we have diverse faiths, religions, denominations, and theologies. We also all come from different economic backgrounds, or different ethnic/racial groups. We have different gender identities and sexualities. Different physical and mental abilities/disabilities.
We are diverse, made in the image of God who is Diverse Community.
This is a Feminist Apostles’ Creed. This is my Feminist Apostles’ Creed.