As an intentionally ecumenical community, Trinitas Classical Association finds its unity in the beliefs articulated in the Nicene Creed. This rule of faith, proclaimed by the first and second Ecumenical Councils (at Nicea in 325 and Constantinople in 381), is a confession common to Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions alike.
The creed as it was originally handed down by the Council is translated as follows:
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father*, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets;
And we believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
We look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the Life of the age to come. Amen.
*Most Western churches (both Roman Catholic and Protestant) include the phrase “and the Son,” reflecting an addition approved by a local Council of the Spanish Church in 589.
In addition to the teachings concerning the Holy Trinity, creation, the incarnation and virgin birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and bodily resurrection confessed in the above creed, we also hold those truths believed by Christians of every time and place. Among these, we mention specifically the following:
1. There is no salvation apart from Christ Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
2. The Holy Scriptures are “given by inspiration of God, and [are] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Because we are deliberately ecumenical, the forms of prayer and worship that we use reflect beliefs common to Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians. Different devotional traditions (lifting the hands, bowing the head, making the sign of the cross, etc.) are respected, and we encourage teachers and students to pray as they are accustomed to do at home and in church.
Whereas differences with respect to belief and practice do exist among Christians, we believe that beliefs specific to particular Christian denominations are most appropriately taught in the homes and the churches. When diverging beliefs and practices are appropriately discussed in the course of usual academic study, our teachers do not promote the views of any one tradition over another. Rather, our teachers aim to cultivate among our students an understanding and appreciation of both the variations within and the fundamental unity of the Christian faith.