The Manhattan Declaration is the ecumenical statement of conscience by Christian leaders, dedicating themselves to defending life, marriage, and religious liberty. It was signed in 2009 by numerous leading figures of every Christian denomination and church. The Declaration has since been signed by over 550,000 other people, who have committed themselves to its core principles. It is a vitally important rallying point for people of faith who are engaged in the struggle to defend and restore a true civilization of life and love in our nation.
Here is a summary of the Manhattan Declaration:
Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we affirm:
1. The profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human life
2. Marriage as a union of one man and one woman
3. Religious liberty and the inherent freedom of human beings
As Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, we take seriously the Biblical admonition to respect and obey those in authority. Because we honor justice and the common good, we will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.
On September 25, 2013, an event was held on the campus of Columbia University, “The Manhattan Declaration Returns Home”. This event was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese,Alliance Defending Freedom, the New York State Knights of Columbus, and DeSales Media from the Diocese of Brooklyn. For a blog describing the event, see here.