Anglican Samizdat

March 28, 2010

Nuns are not what they used to be

Filed under: Nothing in Particular — David Jenkins @ 11:14 pm

I have a friend who used to be an Anglican Nun; she is a bit of a stickler for correct doctrine.

In contrast, here is a creed written by a current Anglican Church of Canada Nun:

A Creed for the Twenty-First Century
I believe in God, I guess
well no. I am pretty sure.
I do believe in God.
I don’t know
who God is
what God is
how God is
I believe in God.
I guess.
I believe in Jesus Christ. I guess.
well, I believe in Jesus,
God-born man,
my brother, friend and guide.
Yes, I believe in Jesus.
But as for Christ
anointed one
I do, I guess, believe in Christ,
But wonder
How? and why? and what?
So I believe in Jesus Christ.
I guess.
Do I believe in Holy Spirit?
well I guess.
For something
part of me yet not,
inborn yet not of me
Something makes me yearn
and search and open
something quite
against my will,
and that, perhaps, is Holy Spirit.
So I believe in Holy Spirit.
I guess.

Sr. Sue Elwyn, SSJD

I wonder how quickly the early church would have spread if this had been its creed. Not very. I guess.



  1. Tell me this isn’t for real….

    Comment by Stuart — March 29, 2010 @ 2:34 am

  2. this is a joke right?

    Comment by obituary — March 29, 2010 @ 6:02 am

  3. It certainly has a element of farce about it, but I think Sr. Sue is quite serious.

    Comment by David — March 29, 2010 @ 8:59 am

  4. What happened to “I believe in the Easter Bunny, I guess”?

    You know, the trinity: father, son, holy ghost and easter bunny.

    Comment by David — March 29, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  5. Last time I was at the SSJD place – before they moved – I thought they had become rather liberal. I could cotton on to this as a personal searching poem by a beginner (for a nun? well, that’s a bit of an oxymoronic statement) or someone in ‘the dark night of the soul’ but as a ‘creed’? No – my doctrine too is as ‘correct’ as your nun friend. And for a creed, personal feelings don’t enter the equation.

    Comment by Margo — March 29, 2010 @ 10:40 am

  6. I thought this must surely be your April Fool’s til I saw the date.

    Comment by Sam — April 3, 2010 @ 2:08 am

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