• An Inclusive Approach to Prayer: Eight Interfaith Prayer Books
    by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
    The diversity and unity of religions is evident in devotional books containing a wide variety of old and new prayers. Here are short reviews of eight interfaith prayer books with links to longer reviews and excerpts.

More Diversity Prayers

"May I mindfully appreciate
the diversity
of every being I encounter,
who, like flowers,
brings beauty, variety,
and sustenance
to our world."
— Jean Smith in Now!

"Boundless Sea of Love and Energy,
our future and our God,
may all your dreams for us come true:
your steady and motherlike imaginings,
and your fatherly hopes,
your creative purposes evident everywhere in the world.
Guide us to our truest selves,
co-creators with you of this environment.
Persuade us to be worthy inheritors
of the astonishing evolving reality in which we live:
appreciators of the daytime in all its colors and aromas,
admirers of the heavens at night,
reverent caretakers of our generous green earth,
respectful of everything alive —
especially of our fellow humans
in all their bewildering diversity.
May it be so."
— William Cleary in Prayers to an Evolutionary God

"In that which we share,
let us see the common prayer of humanity.
In that in which we differ,
let us wonder at the freedom of man.
In our unity and our differences,
let us know the uniqueness that is God."
— Assembly of Rabbis of the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain
in Powerful Prayers for Everyday Living by Mark Linden O'Meara

"Eternal God, whose image lies in the hearts of all people,
We live among peoples whose ways are different from ours,
Whose faiths are foreign to us,
Whose tongues are unintelligible to us.
Help us to remember that you love all people with your great love,
That all religion is an attempt to respond to you,
That the yearnings of other hearts are much like
our own and are known to you.
Help us to recognize you in the words of truth, the things of beauty,
The actions of love about us.
We pray through Christ, who is a stranger to no one land more than another,
And to every land no less than to another."
— World Council of Churches, Vancouver Assembly, 1983
in God Has No Religion by Frances Sheridan Goulart

"You, the one
From whom on different paths
All of us have come.
To whom on different paths
All of us are going.
Make strong in our hearts what unites us;
Build bridges across all that divides us;
United make us rejoice in our diversity.
At one in our witness to your peace,
A rainbow of your glory.
Amen."
David Steindl-Rast
in God Has No Religion by Frances Sheridan Goulart, editor

"Peace upon us all.
We praise you that so many religions have some form of the Golden Rule so there are ethical guidelines for relationships.
Gracious God, we thank you.
We praise you for calling up mystics and teachers of wisdom in the various religions to balance legalism when it arises.
Gracious God, we thank you.
We praise you that religions may be like prisms that refract Divine light into many colors and shapes.
Gracious God, we thank you.
We praise you that most secular humanists and philosophers advocate ethical ways of living.
Gracious God, we thank you.
May these prayers of healing and thanksgiving for the peoples of the world and their many diverse religions, as well as these prayers for those without faith, bring healing and reconciliation where it is needed and build bridges between peoples, regardless of their faith experiences. For we pray in the name of all that is holy.
Amen."
— Jane Richardson Jensen and Patricia Harris-Watkins in She Who Prays