Multifaith prayer is a growing international phenomenon. This document contains a comprehensive set of guidelines and helpful tips to enable an individual or group to design and conduct a sensitive and enriching multifaith prayer experience. Also included is a sample order of service and a useful resources section.
Most religious traditions put an emphasis on the practice of gratitude. This multifaith prayer litany inspires gratitude for the unique and diverse gifts of 14 of the world’s spiritual traditions. It can be used for private reflection or as an opening prayer in a meeting, lecture or conference. This litany has proven to be a very effective component of a multifaith prayer service.
One cannot really understand a faith tradition without entering into some kind of experience of that tradition. A house of worship site visit allows for just such an experience. Inside the house of worship, one experiences the tastes, sounds, sights, smells and members of a faith tradition and its heritage. These comprehensive guidelines enable individuals and groups to organize enriching visits to houses of worship.
The Religious Diversity Journeys program in Detroit, USA enables seventh-grade students (age 13) to visit houses of worship of numerous faith traditions. This webpage features video, program materials and testimonies from students and parents.
This resource contains 21 do-it-yourself meditation activities featuring texts of the Golden Rule from various religions. These contemplative activities can be used with individuals or groups.
Scriptural Reasoning is a process in which small groups of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and sometimes people of other faiths, gather to read and reflect upon short passages from their scriptures. “Opening our sacred texts to others for conversation from the heart, and modeling a fellowship that sees difference as rich and illuminating” fashions a relationship through the medium of sacred writings. Scriptural Reasoning’s well-constructed website includes a number of guides and rich resources, including 24 “Text Bundles” which offer brief scriptural readings from the three Abrahamic religions, with titles such as “Encountering God”, “Abrahamic Hospitality”, “Fasting” and “Refugees.”