How can I make everyone feel welcome during an opening invocation prayer?
September 30, 2010 7:14 AM Subscribe
How can I make everyone - people of faith and atheists alike - feel welcome during an invocation prayer?
posted by elmer benson to Human Relations (65 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been asked to give a short opening prayer before a dinner at a large gathering this weekend. In the room will be people from many different faith traditions, but also a number of atheists and agnostics. I've sat through uncomfortable, exclusionary prayers before and wondered how it could be done better.
I know how to write a non-denominational and interfaith prayer, but I'd like to include some language that welcomes and lifts up the spirits of all who are gathered.
What words would you use during a short invocation to convey that everyone is welcome? If you're an atheist, would you want to be mentioned in an opening prayer, or should I just not even mention it?