He would rather be quick and clear-eyed like Rabbit. He goes to the city and soon lands in prison. A parole officer calls him a baboon. Insulted to the core, Koyati starts incorporating a baboon in his woodcarving. On death row he discovers that he has world-class talent. Can his art save him?
Dear Fr. ___,
I hope I’m not spamming you, but you absolutely have to have a copy of the Maasai Creed. It comes from a radio interview that dr. Krista Tippet (On Being, PBS) conducted in 2003 with the late Yaroslav Pelikan, a Yale professor and seminal theologian.
You can read the entire interview at:
The subject of the interview was his collection of creeds collected in his book:
Pelikan, Jaroslav. Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2005.
The book is available on Amazon.
In the interview, he spoke about the way in which non-Western cultures adapted the Apostles’ Creed to their world. He said: “Among all the hundreds of creeds and confessions in our collection, my favorite illustration [of such acculturation] is The Masai Creed from East Africa in the 1960s:
“We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created man and wanted man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the earth. We have known this High God in the darkness, and now we know him in the light. God promised in the book of his word, the Bible, that he would save the world and all the nations and tribes.”
“We believe that God made good his promise by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left his home and was always on safari, doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing that the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross and died. He lay buried in the grave, but they hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, he rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.”
“We believe that all our sins are forgiven through him. All who have faith in him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love, and share the bread together in love, to announce the good news to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.”