Our Beliefs

Prairie Spirit United Church is a local congregation of The United Church of Canada, which is the largest mainline Protestant denomination in Canada. We are part of a wider church with a rich, progressive, and continuing history of welcoming all in the name of Christ.

Within the United Church, and within each congregation, we find a broad spectrum of theological perspectives, which is one of the strengths of the denomination that lives its faith by embracing diversity. Membership in the United Church is based on profession of faith, not by adhering to a particular creed.

Throughout its history of ongoing reflection, the United Church has found it necessary to restate its faith from time to time. “A Song of Faith”, adopted in 2006, seeks to provide a verbal picture of what The United Church of Canada understands its faith to be in the historical, political, social, and theological context of the early 21st century. It is also a means of ongoing reflection and an invitation for the church to live out its convictions in relation to the world in which we live. As it most accurately reflects what we believe in our current context, we invite you to read it here:

A brief expression of our faith is found in “A New Creed”, written in 1968, revised since, and often used in our times of worship, especially Baptism and Confirmation:

     We are not alone,
            we live in God’s world.
     We believe in God:
            who has created and is creating,
            who has come in Jesus,
                 the Word made flesh,
                 to reconcile and make new,
            who works in us and others
                 by the Spirit.
     We trust in God.
     We are called to be the Church:
            to celebrate God’s presence,
            to live with respect in Creation,
            to love and serve others,
            to seek justice and resist evil,
            to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
                 our judge and our hope.
     In life, in death, in life beyond death,
            God is with us.
     We are not alone.
     Thanks be to God.

You may also wish to read the older statements of faith. The first is from the Basis of Union when The United Church was formed in 1925. All who are ordained ministers in The United Church of Canada must state that they are in ‘essential agreement’ with this statement: 

Just 15 years after church union, in 1940, it was felt that a new statement of faith was needed: