How To Write A Credo Statement
“In the free church where free religion is practiced, each person stands before God with no one else in between, and each person must listen to the voice of individual conscience. Questions about what God is, what prayer is, or what Jesus means to us, are not answered by church doctrine. Remember, if someone asks you what this church “believes,” you can tell them that churches don’t believe things, but individuals do. And it is the mission of the free church to institutionalize religious freedom; to help each and every person become a fully functioning, free person. We gather together in community to preserve and strengthen the capacity of an individual to discern what conscience dictates.”
Rev. Dr. Brent Smith
All Souls Unitarian Church
Your faith statement might include answers to the following questions (this is not a formula): What kind of person are you? What experiences make you the person you are? What kind of person would you like to be? What do you want to do with your life? What is important to you (& why)? What are the guiding principles in your life? What have you learned at church? What have you learned from people who are important to you?
- Your credo can be written, painted, drawn, danced to, sung, or whatever else you can imagine. The goal is to reflect on the topic in a way that is helpful to you.
- Please give yourself enough time to explore each Credo topic (Found under “Preparing Your Faith Statement” on this website) fully. There are no “right” answers! Only answers, ideas, conceptualizations that are “somewhat adequate for now”.
- Find a quite place where you can be alone. If you feel a need to sing, hum or chant, dance, strum, or paint, do it! If you do better writing in the company of other people, find a location where others are working quietly. Take a paper and a pencil or pen that you really like writing with along with you to this quiet place.
- Read over the Credo topics and questions, then give yourself some time to reflect. What images or memories or feelings come up for you?
- Sometimes its helpful to jot down some notes before trying to directly address a Credo topic. Try brainstorming or “free-writing”–Put your pencil or pen to paper and just write down all the things that occur to you about the Credo topic: memories, songs, images, conversations, drawings, smells, vision, dances, etc. Keep at it without stopping for awhile, maybe even five or ten minutes of writing without stopping to edit yourself. Look over what you have written and choose the images, experiences, thoughts that seem most important to you right now. You might want to expand on those ideas that are most significant to you.
- Review your journal pages from our Group Connects. What thoughts and feelings did you record that can be incorporated into your Faith Statement?
- You can consult other sources (poems, songs, stories, etc.) if you want, but make sure they really express YOU! Don’t let them lead you astray from your inner work! You can use parts of them in your Credo, but most of the page should be your own thoughts.
- Experiment with different formats and wordings, with handwriting and printing. You can include illustrations with your Faith Statement if you want.
- Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem “perfect”. Your Faith Statement will evolve as you do. Its yours, and that’s great!