The Rebekah Creed
I AM A REBEKAH
I believe in the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of man, and the Sisterhood of woman.
I believe in the watch-words of our Order – Friendship, Love and Truth.
Friendship – is like a golden chain that ties our hearts together.
Love – is one of our most precious gifts, the more you give, the more you receive.
Truth – is the standard by which we value people. It is the foundation of our society.
I believe that my main concern should be my God, my family and my friends.
Then I should reach out to my community and the World, for in God’s eyes we are all brothers and sisters.
I AM A REBEKAH
Who are the Rebekah’s
Odd Fellows, recognizing the need for woman’s touch and her helpfulness in carrying out the principles of Odd Fellowship, brought into being the Rebekah degree, founded upon the principles of faithfulness, hospitality, purity and dedication to the principles of the Order as portrayed by women characters of the Bible.
The degree of Rebekah was accepted in 1851 as written by Hon. Schuyler Colfax.
The degree was originally written for Brothers to confer on their wives and daughters and was considered an “Honorary Degree”. The degree could only be conferred at a special meeting and Brothers could also receive the degree, much the same as today.
Later, the Sisters were allowed to confer the degree on other Sisters, a ritual was adopted with the Sisters taking the parts. Rebekah Lodges were instituted and have continued to flourish.
This ritual has changed very little since 1851. It includes lessons from the biblical stories in the Old Testament of the women of the Bible.
We use emblems teaching lessons that are invaluable to be a Rebekah. The beehive, representing associated industry and the result of united effort. The moon and seven stars which teaches us the value of regularity in all our work. The dove, the beautiful emblem of peace. The white lily, a symbol of purity.
Women in Odd Fellowship
Each century, as it passes into history, has some special feature that characterizes it for all time. By many of our foremost writers the nineteenth has been dubbed “woman’s century.”
It matters little what you or I, individually, may think of woman’s position or possibilities in the world today, the fact remains that since the dawn of the nineteenth century no enterprise tending to the advancement of civilization has been successful that has not called to its aid the helping hand and sympathetic heart of woman.
Odd Fellowship is pre-eminently a nineteenth century organization, and was one of the first to recognize the ability of woman to cope with the questions it had at issue, and allow her a place in its work.
At a time when the world was startled by the fact that dear old “Mother Stewart” dared plead as well as pray for the safety of her boy: when the Crusaders opened the eyes of the public to the power of woman to enforce her demands for justice; when the marvelous voice and pen of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Beecher Stowe stirred a nation to action; Odd Fellowship saw “whither the waves were drifting” and established the Degree of Rebekah.
The wonderful growth and progress of this Order since that time proves the wisdom of the movement that “Placed a sister’s fond heart in the links of the chain, as the glory and aid of a true brother’s brain.”
It could hardly be expected that so vital a change from all established precedent in secret societies should come about without much opposition. Like all other radical movements it had its warm friends and bitter enemies.