Preparing Your Faith Statement
Credo writing is like writing a spiritual autobiography. The purpose is to help you articulate your beliefs. When your beliefs are drawn together they form your own personal belief system. Sharing your “I believe” statements with others helps you articulate and refine your beliefs.
Parameters Of Your Faith Statement
A credo, or faith statement, is a snapshot of your values, faith, identity, and belief at one point in time. As Unitarian Universalists, we understand that your religious ideas will evolve throughout your life. It is understood by all that your credo is simply an expression of where you are now and not for all time.
Your Faith Statement, or credo, will be shared with the congregation during the Coming of Age Worship Service on May 3, 2015.
Your faith statement, or credo, does not have to just be written down and delivered orally. How else could you capture and express your belief system? Write a computer program? Choreograph a dance? Snap a photo? Zentangle? Write a song? If you choose a different method of expressing your credo, just be sure that you can articulate its meaning and how it reflects your Faith Statement during the May 3 worship service.
There are eleven Coming of Age Participants in the 2014-2015 church year. This allows for approximately two minutes of Credo sharing per participant during the May 3 worship service. Your first draft deadline is March 22, 2015. Your final draft of your credo is due no later than April 19th, 2015.
Your credo may be hand-delivered to your mentor or sent to them in electronic format.
Your assigned mentor is available to help you along the way. Your mentor can help you draft your credo but the ideas must be yours. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. You can also ask questions and even ask for feedback on the forum within this website. There are so many people who are here to help you succeed!
You will be asked to keep a journal throughout your entire Coming of Age journey. This can be as elaborate or simple as you wish to make it. Keeping a journal will help you recall thoughts, feelings, and ideas you had during your time in the program. When you review your journal, you will be able to see how your Faith Statement can be formed into something that you may wish to share with others.