Avodah is a student-run Journal of Christian Thought at St. Olaf College. We wish to be a forum for thoughtful conversation about Christianity and a resource for people wanting to better understand the intersection of faith and life.
The name Avodah comes from the Hebrew word that means both work and worship. We interpret these terms “work” and “worship” broadly such that they encompass any work that we do in which we also honor and serve God. The word avodah is used throughout the Hebrew scriptures to denote acts of labor, cultivation, bondage, service to God, work, and worship.
The Nicene Creed was adopted in 381AD. It articulates the essence of the Christian faith and emphasizes the importance of community through the “we”.
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,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with 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.