“My experience of participating as an Olympian, and a Chaplain to Olympians, has broadened my perspective on the need for understanding the whole-person concept of being created in the image of God, i.e., spirit, mind and body. The “Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life” succinctly communicates how faith and sport interact in the sports world and the world-at-large. Many have argued that sport and faith oppose one another and do not fit in the same sentence, much less, the same arenas. The Declaration addresses this point of view and offers options that are thought provoking to one’s belief. I wholeheartedly endorse this Christian perspective on ‘Sport and the Christian Life’ from an athlete’s and chaplain’s point of view.”

Chaplain Madeline Manning Mims

“Many folks today think that spiritual matters are as compatible with sports as fire is with ice. Put fire and ice together, and they will destroy each other – the fire will turn the ice into water, and the water will then put out the fire. Put God and sports together, according to many coaches, and religious faith will destroy an athlete’s competitive drive. Put God and sports together, according to many ministers, and athletic success will only teach the believer to think he is important instead of God. The truth is, God and sports not only can go together, they need to go together. Only developing the spirit and the body together can bring out the best in each.  The Sport and Christianity Group are to be commended for their thoughtful, holistic integration of the two.  Their statement   elucidates how a healthy respect for the individual integrity of both sport and Christian faith makes each component stronger in their integration.”

Rev. Canon Dr. John Ashley Null