Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


The Maasai Creed

An African depiction of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Debbie passes along the following, which she heard on NPR's Speaking of Faith. It is a Christian Creed written in 1960 within the context of the Maasai culture of Eastern Africa:
We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

An African depiction of Jesus' crucifixionWe believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptised in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.
The artwork is from the Jesus Mafa project which depicted Jesus in an African context to aid teaching about the Life of Jesus in Africa. Click any photo to see more of that series.

An African depiction of The Last Supper


  • At 10/28/2009 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Beautiful! Makes much more sense and seems more personal than the Creeds in the BCP.....


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