More than a statement of belief, learn how the Creed is a prayer, a revelation, a way of life, and the shared identity of the Christian community. Using the Apostles Creed as its outline, but referring also to the Nicene Creed and to Scripture, this course explores who God is and what it means to believe, so that we may live our faith more richly every day.
This course has a required text: Thomas P. Rausch, I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed (Liturgical Press, 2008).
- Introductory Week
- Week 1: What is a creed?: I/We believe. . . Amen
- Week 2: . . . in one God
- Week 3: . . . in Jesus Christ
- Week 4: . . . in the Holy Spirit, in the Church
- Weekly video presentation by Fr. Michael J. Himes, addressing selected articles of the Creed;
- Text transcripts of each featured video;
- Study aide written by Dr. Barbara Radtke that guides participants through the videos and the assigned readings from Thomas P. Rausch's book;
- Bonus video on the final articles of the Creed;
- Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
- Resource page of Internet links and a bibliography for further reading.
All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features
- Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
- Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
- The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
- An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
- Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
- A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.
Additional Materials Needed
Course text by Thomas P. Rausch, I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed (Liturgical Press, 2008).
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.
- Fr. Michael J. Himes, professor of theology, Boston College Theology Department