Guidelines for Public Prayer

By Dennis Ortwein, Rotary club of Las Vegas North, District 5300

Prayer at Rotary International functions is intended to bind together all those present in a common concern. Unfortunately, group prayers, which begin and/or end with terms referencing only one faction of the religious community, can be very divisive.

Guidelines to follow when giving a Public Prayer:

The above is based on guidelines from the National Conference of Community and Justice, an organization of people from different religions, racial and ethnic backgrounds which emphasizes learning to live together without bigotry, or discrimination and without compromising distinctive faiths or identities.

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