J. Hugh Sullivan (sullijh@NDLC.OCC.UKY.EDU)
Sun, 20 Aug 1995 07:58:59 -0500
This post is for me to discuss and learn - not to make a statement.
I thought protestant prayers were completely acceptable to members of the
Jewish faith if Jesus was not mentioned particularly at the end as "in
Jesus' Name we pray". Since I am occasionally called on to pray, I try to
determine if Jewish members are present to avoid the problem. Is the
above insufficient? All other things being equal, can't I get to Heaven
I have attended the services of most major religions in this country
including Bar Mitzvahs and the observance(?) where the shofar is played.
My best friend in high school, a Methodist as I am, played his trumpet as
the shofar and I went with him (1944). In none of these did I feel
uncomfortable or left out. In fact, I usually look for the
Rabbi/Priest/Preacher to ask questions; I had a pot full of questions
when my two grandsons were baptized in a Catholic Church (but we gave
them Rosaries blessed by the Pope that we got from a Priest). In my view
I think all those folks are praying for me, too - and I need all the help
I can get. I have no quarrel with "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is
One" and I can say it in Hebrew (with a Southern drawl, of course). Is
there anything wrong with this picture?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City