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Prayer on Behalf of the Religious Diversity of Humanity, by the Jewish Religious Union of London (1902)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=53133 Prayer on Behalf of the Religious Diversity of Humanity, by the Jewish Religious Union of London (1902) 2023-10-24 19:21:17 This prayer for a pluralism respecting religious and philosophical differences, first appears in <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=52671">A Selection of Prayers, Psalms, and Other Scriptural Passages, and Hymns for Use at the Services of the Jewish Religious Union</a></em> (1902), where it is №7 on page 6. (In the revised 1903 edition of the prayerbook, it is №20 on page 20.) Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Claude Montefiore Morris David Joseph Lilian Helen Montagu the Jewish Religious Union of London https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Social Justice, Peace, and Liberty 20th century C.E. pluralism אחדות aḥdut (togetherness) tolerance of difference 57th century A.M. English vernacular prayer universalist prayers
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Thou whose infinite power and wisdom
are reflected in the infinite diversities of Thy creation,
we see Thy handiwork also
in the differences that prevail in the minds of men.
We pray to Thee for all men,
Thy children, our brethren.
Take them all under the sheltering wings of Thy love.
And may we, recognising
that differences of thought and belief
are of Thine implanting,
strive the more zealously to be one
in charity and brotherly love,
one in the desire to know and do Thy will.
Amen.

This prayer for a pluralism respecting religious and philosophical differences, first appears in A Selection of Prayers, Psalms, and Other Scriptural Passages, and Hymns for Use at the Services of the Jewish Religious Union (1902), where it is №7 on page 6. (In the revised 1903 edition of the prayerbook, it is №20 on page 20.) The authorship of the prayer is nowhere indicated, but it seems likely to me that it was made by either Lily Montagu, the founder of the Jewish Religious Union, or Claude Montefiore (its president). –Aharon Varady

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