WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
After more than a decade working as a leader in a megachurch and speaking at women’s conferences around the US, Jackie Roese realized she was bumping into the same thing again and again. Women all over the country were struggling with issues of covert gender injustice – the Church viewed them as second-class, and their view of themselves was often second-class, too. Where Scripture should have brought freedom from bondage, it was being taught in a way that oppressed women in faith communities.
Knowing that gender issues are complex and widespread, we began asking: what can we do? What is our tiny piece of this enormous pie? There are incredible organizations tackling issues of gender injustice in practical ways that provide support and aid and bring freedom and empowerment. Their work is invaluable, but we realized that no matter how gender issues present themselves, they continue to exist because of the core belief systems that created them. Tackling the root belief systems that enable gender injustice to exist is our piece of the pie.
So we set out to teach the word of God in a way that ennobles women – dignifying them and lifting them up to nobility, just as Jesus intended. We wanted to reshape the way women view themselves and the way the faith community views women, so that the Church can change what's happening to women and girls around the world. In 2012, The Marcella Project was founded to reshape our view of women in the Church through Scripture-focused teaching, training, and dialogue.
THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME
Marcella epitomizes what it means to not succumb to the world’s ideal of “what it means to be a woman." Instead, she chased after Jesus, letting his love define who she would be. She let nothing get in the way of her pursuit to know God through the Word and to live like Jesus by caring for the poor.
Her story challenges us to be “Marcellas” in our world. This means pursuing Jesus at all costs and even defying our world’s ideal of womanhood by allowing our love for Jesus to define who we will be and how we will live. Watch the video to hear more about Marcella's story.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, CHRISTIANS HAVE TRADITIONALLY GATHERED IN WORSHIP AND RECITED THE SAME CREEDS TOGETHER - THE APOSTLE'S CREED, THE NICENE CREED. THE CREEDS ARE INTENDED TO BE ESSENTIAL STATEMENTS OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH, BOTH TEACHING AND IDENTIFYING CONFORMITY OF BELIEFS, WHILE SERVING AS A VEHICLE FOR COLLECTIVE, PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH. THE NICENE CREED, ESTABLISHED IN 325 AD, IS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY ACCEPTED STATEMENTS OF FAITH AMONG CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.
The team at The Marcella Project decided that rather than trying to create a modern version of the beliefs so poignantly defined in the Nicene Creed, it would be more fitting to join our rich Christian heritage and proclaim, as so many Christians before us and so many Christians will for centuries to come, what we believe by reciting this Creed as our public profession of faith.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, light from light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
By the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered, died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father (and the Son)
Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
Who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Contemporary Version (Prepared by the International Consultation on English Texts)