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Affirmation of Faith in God of the Exile and Immigrant

The Immigrant Apostles’ Creed was written by Rev. Jose Luis Casal, the  director of Presbyterian World Mission. He is an immigrant to the USA from Cuba.

The Immigrant Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in Almighty God,
who guided the people in exile and in exodus,
the God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon,
the God of foreigners and immigrants.

I believe in Jesus Christ, a displaced Galilean,
who was born away from his people and his home, who fled
his country with his parents when his life was in danger.
When he returned to his own country
he suffered under the oppression of Pontius Pilate,
the servant of a foreign power.
Jesus was persecuted, beaten, tortured, and unjustly condemned to death.
But on the third day Jesus rose from the dead,
not as a scorned foreigner but to offer us citizenship in God’s kingdom.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the eternal immigrant from God’s kingdom among us,
who speaks all languages, lives in all countries,
and reunites all races.
I believe that the Church is the secure home
for foreigners and for all believers.
I believe that the communion of saints begins
when we embrace all God’s people in all their diversity.
I believe in forgiveness, which makes us all equal before God,
and in reconciliation, which heals our brokenness.

I believe that in the Resurrection
God will unite us as one people
in which all are distinct and all are alike at the same time.
I believe in life eternal, in which no one will be foreigner
but all will be citizens of the kingdom
where God reigns forever and ever. Amen.

One Response to Affirmation of Faith in God of the Exile and Immigrant

  1. Josephine Forster 2018/06/30 at 23:07 #

    This modern creed certainly helps to clarify ones thoughts on this massive problem of shifting humanity in the modern age. Our refugee family arrived in Port Coqutilam just a couple of weeks ago all are eager to embrace their new country and it’s way of life but the first port of call was to church to give thanks to God.This is God’ world and he shares it with everyone, it is up to us to learn to “play nicely”

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