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Date posted:   Jan 05, 2022

The Creed: What We Believe

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Fee: $60
Five Weeks

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

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

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 offers a fresh exploration of who God is and what it means to believe for lived faith.

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

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.

Certificate Requirement Categories:

  • Themes of Our Christian Tradition

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