The Manhattan Declaration is a statement of non-negotiable shared values among several Christian faith communities (Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical). It specifically highlights three areas that are hotly debated today; yet we cannot compromise on. These areas are the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and the rights of conscience and religious liberty.
This paragraph nicely sums up the intentions of all who sign the declaration:
“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence. It is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in its fullness, both in season and out of season. May God help us not to fail in that duty.”
After a thorough discussion of why Christians have a duty to uphold the sanctity of life, defend marriage as an institution created by God, not man, and insist that the conscience of all individuals be respected; the declaration ends with a reference to Matthew 22:21 “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”
Sign the Manhattan Declaration
Entire Manhattan Declaration (7 Pages)
Summarized Manhattan Declaration (2 Pages)
List of prominent signers (18 bishops have signed thus far)
For more information, head to ManhattanDeclaration.org.