THE MARY MANIFESTO

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A call to support 318 WOMEN to gather in 2025 to review the Christian notion of God and the Creed, 1,700 years after 318 MEN met in Nicaea to do the same. Let us make it happen!

By Jamie Coats

  1. In the year 325, a single man, the Roman Emperor Constantine I, a convert to Christianity, summoned delegates from throughout the Roman Empire to decide on the “correct” belief of the Christian Church. These men–318, according to some historians– met as a Council in Nicaea starting on June 19th. They defined the Godhead as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and created the original Nicene Creed.

    We believe it will be wonderful and inspiring for 318 women to gather in 2025 and declare how they view the Godhead and the “correct” belief of the Christian Church.
  2. Men – can we be quiet for a moment, pause, breathe and listen? For nearly 1,700 years God has been predominantly defined in the Christian context by the men of Nicaea. Can we, men, be supportive to listen to the voices of our sisters?

    As men, we join in pledging not to obstruct, but to support without strings and provide funds for the Council of 318 women. We do not expect to participate, and will be bold enough to listen, support, and wait to learn what happens.
  3. Women – so many sisters have been silenced. Before a new council, please ask women all over the world, and anyone who does not identify as male, to meet to read the gospels and reflect and comment on the power of the gospels.

    As women, we will support and provide funds for the Council of 318 women; we will encourage women to read the gospels and reflect on why Jesus was so adored by the women of his time.
  4. Dear 318 women: We do not know how you will organize yourselves, but please engage with men afterwards and help them understand how you define the Godhead and the creed we need.

    We, the undersigned, look forward to learning what the 318 women discern, and will share their news widely to inform the deepening of our faith. 

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Latest Signatures

41 F/♀: Nicole Hershey United States Jan 22, 2021
40 M/♂: Mike Kennedy United States Jan 22, 2021
39 F/♀: Helen Van Koevering United States Jan 22, 2021
38 F/♀: Sarah Henderson United States Jan 21, 2021
37 F/♀: Jerusalem Greer United States Jan 19, 2021
36 F/♀: Christianna Singh India I’m a woman and God reveals that my life matters... I am an important and beautiful part of His Master design! Jan 19, 2021
35 F/♀: Bernadette Raspante United States Jan 18, 2021
34 F/♀: Carol Nyberg United States Jan 18, 2021
33 F/♀: Wendie Roberts United States After having read, "The Chalice & The Blade" 28 yrs ago, I think this gathering would be fabulous! Jan 18, 2021
32 F/♀: Pamela Moore United States Jan 18, 2021
31 F/♀: MICHELLE DAYTON United States Jan 18, 2021
30 M/♂: David Moloney United Kingdom Jan 18, 2021
29 F/♀: Catherine Powell United States Jan 18, 2021
28 F/♀: Catherine Tyndall Boyd United States This feels powerful and meaningful, Jamie. Thank you. Jan 18, 2021
27 F/♀: Katherine Doyle United States Jan 18, 2021
26 F/♀: Audrey Stewart United Kingdom Jan 18, 2021
25 F/♀: Meloni Armstrong United States Jan 17, 2021
24 F/♀: Jamy Madeja United States Jan 17, 2021
23 F/♀: Catherine Maresca United States I’ve been working on my creed for so long. What a delight to work on it out loud with other women Jan 17, 2021
22 F/♀: Melissa Rau United States Gosh, I’d love to take part in this! As long as there aren’t too many other white American women. Jan 17, 2021
21 F/♀: Lisa Puccio United States Jan 17, 2021
20 F/♀: James Goodmann United States Jan 17, 2021
19 F/♀: Suzanne Haraburd United States Jan 17, 2021
18 M/♂: Peter Field United States Jan 17, 2021
17 F/♀: Emily West United States Jan 17, 2021
16 F/♀: Susan Sevier United States Jan 17, 2021
15 M/♂: Abraham Oliden Mexico Jan 17, 2021
14 F/♀: Jane Shaw United Kingdom Jan 17, 2021
13 F/♀: Belén Gatica Chile Waiting to know and learn from the results of this initiative Jan 15, 2021
12 F/♀: Suka Joshua India A unique initiative! Jan 12, 2021
11 F/♀: Thora Beatty United States Minor Outlying Islands Course Jan 11, 2021
10 F/♀: Belinda Bennet India Its about time! Jan 10, 2021
9 F/♀: Jill Guthrie United States Jan 09, 2021
8 M/♂: Alfred Brown United States Jan 07, 2021
7 F/♀: Karen Bird United States It is long overdue for women to reimagine the gospel message as women. Jan 06, 2021
6 M/♂: Peter Goodwin United States Nicely done, Jamie! And a happy new year to you, too! Jan 05, 2021
5 M/♂: James LaBelle United States Jan 05, 2021
4 F/♀: Suzanne Bowles United States Thunder! Perfect mind. Jan 05, 2021
3 F/♀: Francisca Rocco Chile Comment on the power of the gospels Jan 04, 2021
2 M/♂: John Hammock United States Time for men to listen Jan 03, 2021
1 M/♂: Jamie Coats United States Let's make this happen Jan 02, 2021
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