How-To Guide for Shared Prayer
- The group of people involved in the project should learn about one another's prayers. Here are some resources.
- Those leading the joint prayers should meet and get a feel for how the prayers fit together in recitation.
- You may decide you would like to set aside a whole day to go through the prayer cycle together. In that case, you will need to create a route for your prayer spaces. You may want to invite the public to some but not all of these prayer times.
- You may also choose to focus on gathering many people for one longer shared prayer event. If so, you may want to include a service project of some sort along with the prayer and learning. Perhaps a service project will grow out of your shared prayer.
- You may want to gather allies for security and support. You may want to speak with your police department's Community Liaisons or consider hiring security.
- Reach out to the community if this is a large event: getting to know one another is as important as the prayer itself. This can be done in a conversation or a shared community service event; we simply encourage you to talk and work with another before praying. Invite people to get to know one another with a few of ice breaker questions (for example: Where are you from? What brought you here? What is one aspect of your religious tradition or practice that is important to you?)
- Provide an explanation of the prayers before the service begins. Part of this may be the "nuts and bolts" of each of the prayer services, but it is also good to set a spiritual intention for those gathered, as well.
- You may want to begin or end with this shared prayer we have written.
- Following prayers, you may want to make time for everyone to sit and share together, or you may want to lead people through a debrief in pairs similar to the ice-breaker conversations at the beginning.
- We will be producing a guide to messaging and media. Please contact us if you are interested in this when it is complete.
Two Faiths One Prayer Principals
- Two Faiths One Prayer is non-denominational. We encourage everyone to pray in his or her purest form the way you usually pray, and to create as comfortable a setting as possible for the variety of sects of Islam/Judaism represented in your community.
- When praying, understand that there will be two different languages going on at the same time during some points.
- If one prayer ends before another, please be respectful and stay in your space until both prayers have finished.
- Please respect each prayer and the traditions which come with each, and respect the prayer space.
- Two Faiths One Prayer has no political affiliations or political undertones. This is a spiritual event where we combine our prayer in a shared prayer space, and would appreciate if you do the same.
We appreciate your enthusiasm in wanting to continue this project. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. We wish you the best and look forward to hearing about what you cook up in your community!
-Two Faiths One Prayer Team