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.
Truth is fundamental to any organization, but truth is particularly critical to Delta Tau Delta because honest relationships are mandatory for Brotherhood. Telling the truth to yourself and others is fundamental to your commitment to a life of personal and professional excellence.
Courage means aggressively taking on challenges and being a leader in the face of adversity. It 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 the Fraternity as a whole.
Faith is a belief in yourself that what you are doing is right. Whether your faith comes from yourself, your family or your god. Faith also means being loyal and trusting among people. It means knowing people will make correct choices or decisions provided they have the necessary information and they understand the result of their actions.
Power begins as inner strength. Power is a combination of talents and inherent abilities and wisdom. Through united individuals, we can do so much more as a brotherhood than we can alone. The power of an organization, when combined with truth, courage and faith leads us into the future and ensures success.
In addition to the four principles of Delta Tau Delta, there are five obligations that complete our system of values. The value statements of Delta Tau Delta are evident in everything we do and say. Our values shape our decisions, our programs and our future.
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