Several weeks ago, we participated in the Envisioning the Future workshop at Tantur, organised by the Abrahamic Reunion and the ICCI.
As a result of a brainstorming session, we became convinced that the idea of praying together in Jerusalem, Christians, Muslims, Jews and others, side-by-side, was not far-fetched and should be implemented as soon as possible.
We believe that we can change the culture of Jerusalem and be agents for peace if we use the power of prayer – praying to the Wholly United One to assist us in achieving human unity.
The vision is not to merge our prayers or create a single prayer, but to allow us to each pray in her own way – alongside each other.
Our first step has been to create a Facebook page so that people who share our beliefs can show their solidarity in a simple way, by just liking the page.
Of course, we invite you to post any experience of shared prayers in Jerusalem that you have, to help build momentum.
In addition to expressing support and sharing what already exists, we hope that we will really create a movement.
We would like to begin with small groups of us saying our evening prayers together. If we gather for meetings or events, perhaps we could create the space for side-by-side prayer. In the longer run, we would like to have a public event and eventually have regular, public, side-by-side prayers.
If you feel this is a worthwhile venture and would like to be part of the movement towards the public event, please let us know. We would love to hear your ideas as well as share our own in more detail.
With our hopes that you would like to be part of the new movement, “Praying Together in Jerusalem”.
Russ and Peta, organizers,
Praying Together in Jerusalem