There are a lot of emergent folk who shun creeds. They have let go of much of their free-range evangelicalism, but the anti-creedal posture still holds a principal place. Still, I am thinking about music and liturgy, spiritual formation (that troublesome word again, formation), and the creeds we keep in our hearts though no agency has "approved them for community use." Instead these creeds are "sanctified by use," if you will. Here's mine.
Yes, I know. I'm all middle-aged white Gen-X'er here. These things happen. It's not original. But that's often the thing with a creed. Sometimes it resonates because it's ubiquitous and not individualist.
There are some great renditions of this creed. My favorite is from Rattle and Hum. This video captures one of the rehearsals. Oh my.
Of course, the profound nod to church just underscores U2's compositional/performative intentions. It's a gospel song. They say as much. And the song is a confession of faith or a creed in lyrical content and, well, in the way that it is embedded in the African-American Gospel Music genre. It also crosses genre from Gospel Song to Rock Anthem...it's in both simultaneously. It's a worldly song. It's meant to be sung in church, played on the radio and at Wimbley Stadium. It's for all these reasons that it's been my creed...It's in the world.
This is my SBNR creed. When I get back to my spiritual roots, I find myself engaging my SBNR self, my past and my present. In a recent conversation with a colleague we both spoke of how many of the people in our congregations are SBNR and not Religious. Sometimes I am reminded that I am still rather SBNR even as I preach...This tune works as an SBNR creed for me because it sits in the Church and the World so comfortably. I can take it with me wherever I go.
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"...it still works for me. I'm still looking, more deeply into the traditions of the Church as well as the traditions of "the World." I'm constantly undoing the false dichotomy and opening myself to entirety of it all.
Do you have a creed? Something personal? Individual? Something everyone knows? Do you have several? I have a few more. This is just the first that came to mind.