The Creed

History

Stuart MacLean wrote the Delt Creed while he was an undergraduate at the University of the South in 1897. In 1929, the Delt Creed was officially adopted by the Fraternity as a statement to the world of what Delta Tau Delta means. The Delt Creed is one of our public explanations of the Ritual and the values of Delta Tau Delta. Although it is only three brief stanzas, it is a full representation of Delt values.


I BELIEVE IN DELTA TAU DELTA...

For the education of youth and the inspiration of maturity, so that I may better learn and live the truth.

I BELIEVE IN DELTA TAU DELTA...

As a shrine of international brotherhood: her cornerstone friendship, her foundation conscience, her columns aspiration, her girders self-restraint, her doorway opportunity, her windows understanding, her buttresses loyalty, her strength the Everlasting Arms.

I BELIEVE IN DELTA TAU DELTA...

As an abiding influence to help me do my work, fulfill my obligations, maintain my self-respect, and bring about that happy life wherein I may more truly love my fellow men, serve my country, and obey my God.

Values

Truth

The best relationships are built upon truth and honesty. Being truthful is fundamental to your commitment to a life of personal and career excellence.

Courage

Being courageous means taking on challenges and being a leader in the face of crisis. Courage means caring for the lives of the people around you and understanding that sometimes saying “no” is a necessary act of responsibility and love for your brothers and Delta Tau Delta as a whole.

Faith

Delta Tau Delta embraces the value of faith to mean fidelity, loyalty, trust and honor among men. Faith means trusting that the people around you will choose to do the right thing, provided they have the necessary information and understand the consequences of their actions.

Power

Power is the basic energy to initiate and sustain action – translating intention into reality. The talents and inherent abilities of each member are valuable resources at your disposal. Intellectual strength provides ideas and recognition of the challenges you will face daily. Moral superiority provides the understanding of what is right and good in life and the determination to keep it.

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