Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

The Creed: What We Believe


Council of Nicaea Icon - The church fathers displaying a scroll with the creed.

Featuring video with Father Michael J. Himes from the Boston College "Adventures of Faith" series

Using the Apostles Creed as its outline but referring also to the Nicene Creed and to Scripture, we explore both what it means to believe as well as what is believed 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).

Enroll Now


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

Special Features:

This course includes:

  • 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 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.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • 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).
ISBN: 978-0814652602

Time Commitment:
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4-5 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.


Content Scholar:
Fr. Michael J. Himes, professor of theology, Boston College Theology Department.


The reading has given me a desire to go deeper into the mysteries of my faith, the video has opened a whole new love and devotion for the Creed, and the postings of other participants have affirmed my own faith and belief.

~ Margaret F.,
Spring 2012


I enjoyed each of the videos with Fr. Himes. He is a very inspirational speaker with an extremely effective way of delivering his message - all with tremendous passion.

~ Jim K.,
Spring 2011