Urging multi-faith prayers for good will

Many leading liberal religious figures will gather at Princeton University later this month to muse about prayer.

It will be the 60th anniversary conference of Fellowship in Prayer, a multi-faith foundation that was founded in 1949. The group’s founders, Carl Evans and Kathryn Brown, published an ad in the NYT ” calling upon people of goodwill, across all religious traditions, East and West, to come together to pray.”

The group’s mission: “Fellowship in Prayer encourages and supports a spiritual orientation to life, promotes the practice of prayer, meditation, and service, and helps to bring about a deeper spirit of unity among humankind.”

Fellowship in Prayer encourages people to join prayer circles, groups of people that pray with the same focus or share similar religious practices.

Featured speakers at this year’s conference, June 24-27, will include Gustav Niebuhr, Sister Joan Chittister, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Daisy Kahn, Fr. Edward Beck, and Rev. James Forbes.

Fellowship in Prayer’s website now includes this:

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The One In Prayer request for this week is for Kyrgyzstan where four days of sudden, brutal violence have erupted between the majority Kyrgyz and the minority Uzbeks.  More than 70,000 ethnic Uzbeks are reported to be flooding into Uzbekistan and thousands more are massed at the border.  All are in need of food, water, shelter, medical care and supplies.

May the unrest be calmed and quieted by clear voices of peace and reason.  May all who live in Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz and Uzbeks alike – breathe deep into the commonality that binds them. May the political leadership stand firm for peace and harmony.  May any shadows of fear and anger dissolve, that humanitarian aid may reach all who are need.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.