A Back-to-School Affirmation of Faith

We believe in children whose excitement and energy and creativity inspire us all to be more childlike in our lives and in our faith.

We believe in teachers and in their call to nurture and educate our children in-person and online.

We believe in parents who wake up the kids, fix the lunches, adjust the masks, volunteer at the schools and help with the homework.

We believe in friends and co-workers and neighbors who step in to help, encourage and triage when children are discouraged, parents are frustrated and teachers are weary.

We believe and affirm that this school year will have challenges, but also triumphs.

We believe we are all called to do whatever we can to protect our children and keep them safe.

We believe in the God who created us.

We believe in the Christ who knows what it is to be us.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who inspires us and infuses us with the strength to get up and do it all again each day.

We believe in the joy that belongs to us all. Amen.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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