Theme

 Be sure to mark your calendars with your day.

Points:

Outline:  20 points

Leading Prayer: 10 points

Overview

Theme:

In keeping with the topic of the class this semester and the year’s theme of love your neighbor, the theme of the prayer assignment this semester calls you to explore a world religion.  Part of exploring world religions and loving your neighbor includes broadening your knowledge of spirituality, both of religious and humanist traditions. For your prayer/reflection assignment, you may choose from a world religion or a humanist tradition.  For example, if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) has interest to you, your prayer plan may include a traditional LDS prayer. If you are an atheist, then you may wish to research humanist traditions or share a piece of literature, music, or art that expresses your spirituality or foundational belief.   

Format:

Similar to your freshman and sophomore year, your prayer outline is to be formatted as follows. (A sample prayer follows these instructions.)

1. Upper right corner of page one (1): Name, Block, Teacher’s name, Date of Prayer

2. Broken into the following sections: Opening; Brief explanation of the religion, group, or your world view; Prayer or Text; Reflection; Intentions; Closing.

3. Bold and underlined section headings.

Section Details:

Opening

Explain how you will open the prayer or reflection time.  For example, will you ring the prayer bowl, invite everyone to do the sign of the cross, or invite them to a moment of silence?

Summary

In one or two paragraphs summarize the religion, group, or what has contributed to your world view.  Either during or after your summary, be sure to cite the two resources you consulted or that have contributed to your world view.

Your summary or your personal story will include a visual or audio resource, such as a video clip, drawing, photograph, or song. You need only have one visual or audio resource during your prayer/reflection presentation, so decide if it will be in the summary or the reflection/prayer.

Prayer/Reflection

This can be a prayer from the religion, a text from the group, or text that has meaning for you.  (A text can be a piece of art, video, song, piece of poetry or literature, or personal writing).

Your summary or your prayer will include a visual or audio resource, such as a video clip, drawing, photograph, or song. You need only have one visual or audio resource, choose if it will be in the summary or the prayer.

Intentions

Two intentions related to events occurring in the world that are in need of social justice (loving your neighbor). These events do not need to be related to your person or topic.  With prior notification, these events may be changed due to current events at the time you lead prayer/reflection.

Intentions may be followed with  “We pray to the Lord,” or a moment of silence.  If you have an idea for another way to close them, please share it with the teacher.

Please note:  Intentions have two parts: (1) the cause, (2) the wish for those involved.  For example, “(1) For those affected by the Carr fire (2) that they may receive and feel the support of those around them.”

Closing

Explain how you will close the prayer (e.g. ring the prayer bowl, lead the sign of

the cross, or with “thank you.”)

Checklist:

· Citations: MLA,

· Margins:  1” top, bottom, sides

· Font: Times Roman 12pt, black ink

· Pages Numbered & stapled

· Double-spaced

World Religions Prayer – EXAMPLE

Suzi Que

World Religions Block 2

Ms. Angela Teacher

Prayer for February 23, 2017

Opening –

Let us be mindful that we are now as always in the Holy presence of God and one another.

Summary –

Sojourner Truth was originally named Isabella Hardenbergh. (Windley-Daoust 24).  Sojourner had been born into slavery in 1797 and sold four different times. She had been very close to her mother who had taught her to love God and was separated from her when she was sold for the first time in 1808 (Queen).  Her experience of slavery “had left her soul crushed and confused. Over time, however, she realized God loved the white men who oppressed her – and that realization gave her a new sense of dignity and strength” (Windley-Daoust 24).  This realization inspired her to become a preacher and take on a new name: Sojourner Truth. She took this name because Sojourner means one who is a temporary resident, someone always on the move. Sojourner traveled all across the country speaking out against slavery, for an end to the death penalty, and for women’s rights (Windley-Daoust 24).  

Prayer –

“Well, children, where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter.  I think between the Negroes of the South and the women of the North-all talking about rights-the white men will be in a fix pretty soon.  But what’s all this talking about?’ Sojourner pointed to one of the ministers. ‘That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere.  Nobody helps me any best place. And ain’t I a woman?’ Sojourner raised herself up to her full height (six feet).  ‘Look at me! Look at my arm.’ She bared her right arm and flexed her powerful muscles.  ‘I have gathered into barns. And no man could head me. And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much, and eat as much as a man–when I could get it–and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne children and seen most of them sold into slavery, and when I cried out with a mothers grief, none but Jesus could hear me. And ain’t I a woman?’ The women in the audience began to cheer wildly. She pointed to another minister… ‘That little man in black there! He says women can’t have as much rights as men. ‘Cause Christ wasn’t a woman.’ She stood with outstretched arms and eyes of fire.  ‘Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from?’ she thundered again. ‘From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with him!” (Windley-Daoust 25).

(Pause for silent reflection)

Reflection –

Our country is still suffering from the after effects of slavery and gender inequality:  people are still being discriminated against because of the color of their skin, women are treated as less than men in so many ways.  While I am thankful that the laws have changed and there have been great strides towards equality in our country, it is time for hearts to change, for all of us to deepen our understanding and valuing of equality and the dignity of every single human person.  Virtues and vices begin in the heart and then become action. It is time we transform our hearts. Sojourner Truth gives such a wonderful example of what this means through her example and witness by how she learned to love the very people who enslaved her. I pray that we all can be so loving.  

Intentions –

1.We pray for the people of Charlottesville, Virginia especially those who were killed or harmed during the recent conflict there.  We pray that everyone in our country will learn to see and value the dignity of every human person especially those who suffer because of racism and prejudice.  

We pray to the Lord – Lord hear our prayer.

2. We pray for the people recently harmed by the violent incident in Barcelona, as well as those who are displaced by the war in Syria…for all of our brothers and sisters around the world that we may all become conscious peacemakers in our thoughts, words and all of our deeds.

We pray to the Lord – Lord Hear our prayer.  

3. For any other intentions you all want to offer up….

We pray to the Lord – Lord hear our prayer.

Closing –

God we thank you for the example of Sojourner Truth an amazing woman who stood for truth and justice for all.  She is an example of advocacy with tremendous love. Please help us to follow her in fighting with love for the equal treatment of all people.  

Amen.  

Works Cited

Queen, Edward L. “Sojourner Truth.” Encyclopedia of American Religious

History, Third Edition, 2017, World Religions Online,

http://online.infobase.com/Auth/Index?aid=97357&itemid=WE30&arti

cleId=195078. Accessed August 18, 2017.

Windley-Daoust, Jerry. Living Justice and Peace: Catholic Social Teaching

in Practice. St. Mary’s Press, 2008.

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