In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas
“In essential things, unity. In non-essential things, liberty. In all things, love.”
— Commonly attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo.
Also the motto of the Moravian Church.
Among the historic confessions of orthodox Christianity, two creeds have achieved almost universal agreement and consensus. They articulate what disciples of Jesus have believed through the many centuries, in all places, and by all Christians. These two statements, the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed, contain a beautiful summary of basic doctrinal beliefs. To these, we wholly subscribe.
The Apostle’s Creed
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian ekklesia*, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
The Nicene Creed
“I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one catholic and apostolic ekklesia*; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.”
* In deference to the original wording and intent of Jesus, who committed to building His ekklesia in Matthew 16:18-19, we have corrected the common mistranslation ‘church.’ What makes us unique?