Inclusive Prayer Day

People of Many Faith Traditions Calling For an Inclusive National Day of Prayer

Inclusive Interfaith Observances of NDP 2009

In conjunction with our Call for an Inclusive National Day of Prayer, we are listing alternative interfaith observances of the day, which falls on Thursday, May 7th this year.

In some cities supporters of religious pluralism and the First Amendment choose to ignore the occasion, because it has been hijacked by a religious right group that excludes clergy and leaders representing Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, and even moderate evangelical Christians (more here). Elsewhere they are planning inclusive events. We are listing those events here, as we learn of them. If you are aware of an event that is not listed here, please let us know by contacting us (see bottom of the page) and we will post that information. Also, please let us know about any inaccuracies on this page.

California

Interfaith Alliance All Faith Celebration
City Hall Steps, Fresno, CA
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 12:00 noon

We gather with united hearts for the purpose of praying for healing for ourselves, our city, our nation and our world. All are welcome!

For More Info: Rev. Natalie Chamberlain, United Christian Church, 559-227-2050

Georgia

Inter-faith National Day of Prayer Service
Grounds of the Lowndes County Courthouse, downtown Valdosta, GA
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

This event is being sponsored by the Valdosta Area Ministerial Association. Representatives of the following religious traditions have been invited to participate: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous North American, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon, & Unitarian. Religious Leaders are encouraged to attend and to wear attire representing one’s faith group.

Please note that there will also be a Christian National Day of Prayer Observance at the same location at 12:00 noon sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Michigan

Troy Interfaith Group National Day of Prayer Event
Big Beaver United Methodist Church, 3753 John R. Rd., Troy, MI 48083
7:00 PM Thursday, May 7, 2009

A community-wide interfaith observance of the National Day of Prayer, sponsored by The Troy Interfaith Group, to promote the idea that through learning about one another and communal prayer, we will all be interconnected enough to watch out for and respect each other. Our Interfaith service this year will include a variety of local musicians and will also include prayers and songs from the Hindu, Sikh, Christian and Jewish faiths.

Our events are presented at no charge, however we will gather an offering that will be split between Troy People Concerned and Habitat for Humanity.

Contact info: Rev. Charlotte Sommers, Convener Troy Interfaith Group
troy.interfaith@gmail.com, www.troyinterfaithgroup.org

Oklahoma

Interfaith Alliance Day of Prayer and Reflection
South Steps of the State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK
Thursday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m.

The 6th Annual Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the South Steps of the State Capitol. The purpose of the event is to highlight the various faith traditions in Oklahoma and the give expression to the rights of those who profess no official faith tradition. The celebration of freedom of conscience is central to the religious freedoms of the United States. It is important to recognize that our Founding ideal involves the freedom of religion and the freedom from religious oppression.

Giving expression to the spirit of the day will be noted leaders from diverse traditions. The speakers include the Honorable Secretary of State of Oklahoma, Susan Savage, Rabbi Barry Cohen, Temple B’nai Israel, Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, Associate Pastor, Church of the Open Arms, and Dr. Imad Enchassi, Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.

Lt. Governor Jari Askins has been invited to bring an official welcome.

In addition to the speakers, the will be a ceremony of the bells rung in honor of the religious and non religious traditions in Oklahoma. The action will affirm the diversity of Oklahoma’s spiritual representations.

Finally, well known entertainer and guitarist, D. Ray Polk will provide musical background. There will also be a special vocal performance by Shavonne McAndrew.

The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma affirms that we are One Nation and Many Faiths.

For further information contact Jeff Hamilton, President of the Interfaith Alliance at 525-6551 or 732-6416