What We Believe
The Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Studies is a faith-based professional organization that holds to basic Christian beliefs as articulated in the Apostle’s Creed. This creed is called the Apostles’ Creed not because it was produced by the apostles themselves but because it contains a brief summary of their teachings. It sets forth their doctrine “in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity.” In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century. More than any other Christian creed, it may justly be called an ecumenical symbol of faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church [or church universal],*
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
* That is, the true Christian church from all times and all places.
The Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Studies strives to be a community of scholars, practitioners, and students informed and enriched by attentive and deliberate interaction with multiple cultures. We are an organization, anchored in Christ, which celebrates diversity as one facet of God’s creation. Our position on diversity encompasses acceptance and respect along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, and disability. We value the array of perspectives on the world that stimulates intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth; and we strive to address issues related to diversity in meaningful, constructive ways.
Statement on Racial Injustice
(adopted by the Board of Directors, June 12, 2020)
Because we respect and value the array of perspectives on the world that stimulates intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth, strive to address issues related to diversity in meaningful, constructive ways, and believe that to be followers of Christ, we must love our neighbor unconditionally, the Board of Directors of the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Studies (CSKLS) offers the following statement on the racial injustices occurring in our society.
First, we believe every human is created in the image of God, and as such, every human is inherently afforded grace, dignity, compassion, and love. Our hearts ache specifically for our Black neighbors, colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens of the world who bear intense pain at this moment because of current and historic systemic racism that has denied them equal expressions of grace, dignity, compassion, and love. We affirm that black lives matter.
Second, we thoroughly condemn any action directed at another of God’s creation which unjustly causes shame, injury, or death. The recent killings of African-American individuals speak to the brokenness of our world, and we weep because of it.
Third, we add our voices to the protests which are demanding justice for the unjustly slain.
Fourth, we are committed to using our influence as Christ-followers to create a more graceful, compassionate, and loving community in which all individuals, regardless of race, are welcomed, embraced, heard, and loved.
Fifth, we as a Board will, before the end of summer , charter a ‘Diversity and Equity Council’ with the task of examining areas and practices in our organization that perpetuates any racial injustice now and implement organizational steps that redress these practices for the future to ensure CSKLS stands firmly against racism for the glory of God and all the earth.