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 be transformed!
By Jamie Coats
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Please sign the Mary Manifesto
I will keep you updated on progress of building a coalition of men and women to support this idea through my newsletter.
Read the poem and story that inspired the writing of The Mary Manifesto.
|64||F/♀: Mary Chatfield||United States||Right on!||Apr 25, 2021|
|63||F/♀: Kim Rome||United States||Apr 21, 2021|
|62||F/♀: Maria Glenn||United States||Apr 19, 2021|
|61||F/♀: Lisa Kimball||United States||Alleluia! Amen.||Apr 18, 2021|
|60||F/♀: Nicole Therrien||United States||Apr 09, 2021|
|59||F/♀: Lisa Brown||United States||Apr 01, 2021|
|58||F/♀: Sharon Thangam||India||Joining hands to make a difference!||Mar 29, 2021|
|57||F/♀: Laura Neal||United States||Mar 29, 2021|
|56||F/♀: Catherine White||United States||Mar 22, 2021|
|55||F/♀: Marion Gibbon||France||Mar 14, 2021|
|54||M/♂: James Goodmann||United States||Feb 28, 2021|
|53||F/♀: POLLY HALL||United States||Feb 25, 2021|
|52||F/♀: Francesca Ernst||United States||Feb 25, 2021|
|51||F/♀: Sabina Alkire||Bhutan||Feb 21, 2021|
|50||F/♀: Janet Lowery||United States||Feb 20, 2021|
|49||F/♀: Marna Franson||United States||Feb 17, 2021|
|48||M/♂: Jim Moore||United States||Well done Jamie. I agree it's time for men to listen to women||Feb 05, 2021|
|47||M/♂: Bill Campbell||United States||This is important and I'm here to help.||Feb 05, 2021|
|46||F/♀: Virginia Graves||United States||Fabulous!!!||Feb 02, 2021|
|45||F/♀: Linda Watson-Lorde||United States||Jan 31, 2021|
|44||F/♀: Mary Kempnich||Germany||How lovely! ✨||Jan 31, 2021|
|43||F/♀: Alexandra Coats||United States||Awesome job!||Jan 30, 2021|
|42||F/♀: Priscilla Shalini||India||Jan 25, 2021|
|41||F/♀: Nissi Karunya||India||Jan 25, 2021|
|40||F/♀: Lecia Brannon||United States||Jan 24, 2021|
|39||F/♀: Nicole Hershey||United States||Jan 22, 2021|
|38||M/♂: Mike Kennedy||United States||Jan 22, 2021|
|37||F/♀: Helen Van Koevering||United States||Jan 22, 2021|
|36||F/♀: Sarah Henderson||United States||Jan 21, 2021|
|35||F/♀: Jerusalem Greer||United States||Jan 19, 2021|
|34||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|
|33||F/♀: Bernadette Raspante||United States||Jan 18, 2021|
|32||F/♀: Carol Nyberg||United States||Jan 18, 2021|
|31||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|
|30||F/♀: Pamela Moore||United States||Jan 18, 2021|
|29||F/♀: MICHELLE DAYTON||United States||Jan 18, 2021|
|28||M/♂: David Moloney||United Kingdom||Jan 18, 2021|
|27||F/♀: Catherine Powell||United States||Jan 18, 2021|
|26||F/♀: Catherine Tyndall Boyd||United States||This feels powerful and meaningful, Jamie. Thank you.||Jan 18, 2021|
|25||F/♀: Katherine Doyle||United States||Jan 18, 2021|
|24||F/♀: Audrey Stewart||United Kingdom||Jan 18, 2021|
|23||F/♀: Meloni Armstrong||United States||Jan 17, 2021|
|22||F/♀: Jamy Madeja||United States||Jan 17, 2021|
|21||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|
|20||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|
|19||F/♀: Lisa Puccio||United States||♡||Jan 17, 2021|
|18||F/♀: Suzanne Haraburd||United States||Jan 17, 2021|
|17||M/♂: Peter Field||United States||Jan 17, 2021|
|16||F/♀: Emily West||United States||Jan 17, 2021|
|15||F/♀: Susan Sevier||United States||Jan 17, 2021|
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