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“Dear God, Help Me to Hate White People”

By Rob Dalrymple
When a pastor spotted this line in a prayer, he used it to spark a controversy about “hate” that missed key lessons about “prayer.” This article helps us understand prayer in a way that is particularly relevant for those advocating for justice.

A Prayer for Darkness

By Kenji Kuramitsu

A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer, from which this prayer is taken, is now available electronically!

Ron Sider: A Prayer Instead of Politics

By Ron Sider

I often fail to come even close to the submission and faithfulness prayed for here, but these words represent my desire. I hope you can make these words your sincere longing as well.

Prayer for a Peaceful Kingdom

Creator God,

We lift our voices

Joining the chorus of wind and waves

Of barks and tweets and roars and coos and clucks

To praise and glorify your name throughout all the earth.

Prayer Liturgy for Pentecost

By Christine Sine

God, the light of your Spirit has fallen upon us,
The seal of your ownership is on us,
You have placed the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
Like tongues of fire it has renewed and restored.

Morning Prayer

Assembled by Alexander Carimichael

Thanks to Thee, O God, that I have risen today,
To the rising of this life itself;
May it be to Thine own glory, O God of every gift,
And to the glory of my soul likewise.

A Poem to Pray in the New Year

By Jennifer Carpenter

Whether you gathered around to watch the “ball drop” or slept through the festivities, we have entered a new year with new challenges and new possibilities. Along with your list of resolutions of things to be or do in 2019, perhaps we can join together in praying this poem throughout the year.

Prayer of Confession

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being, we humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our hearts, souls and minds, and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us.

A Prayer for Women and Survivors

By Ellie Wilber


We feel afraid, angry, and powerless. We are hearing, from so many voices, that we do not have value in this society. That if we speak up we will not be heard.

A Prayer for When People Terrorize

By Kenji Kuramitsu
Terror has struck, and once again a great grief has opened before us.
I won’t recount the litany. We know the nausea, the shock, the dizzying cadence of such reckless hate.

A Prayer for Our Country

By R. Maurice Boyd
O Thou who art as the shadow of a mighty rock in a weary land,
Comfort our distraught, distracted, and bewildered Nation.
Enable us to discern Thy judgements and Thy grace in the distress, confusion, and anxiety of our time.