Our non gender specific guardian,
Who art in a safe and non judgemental cocoon,
Hallowed be thy preferred choice of nomenclature.
Thy constitutional republic, come,
Thy mission statement reach fruition,
On our commune, as it is the Sustainable Ecosystem,
Give us this day our non exploitive, organic bruschetta with balsamic reduction,
And forgive us our oppresive thought crimes,
As we forgive those who oppress us with their thoughts,
And deliver us from fun and spontaneity,
For thine is the non threatening authority and the aspirational goal,
And so be it, if all of us are comfortable with that.
If that’s too difficult to memorise you can use this one…
Lord of Our Diversity
Lord of our diversity, unite us all, we pray;
welcome us to fellowship in your inclusive way
Teach us all to have respect; to love, and not deride.
Save us from the challenges of selfishness and pride.
Sanctify our listening and help us get the sense
of perplexing arguments before we take offense.
Teach us that opinions which at first may seem quite strange
may reflect the glory of your great creative range.
May the Holy Spirit now show us the way preferred.
May we follow the commands of your authentic Word.
This hymm/prayer was sung to the music of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at the 14th Anglican Consultative Council held at the National Arena of Kingston, Jamaica (9-10 May 2009). Written by poet Mervyn Morris and composer Noel Dexter of Jamaica
The More Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori who attened the Anglican Communion said,
“We sang a new song like the psalmist urges, a hymn written for the occasion…Its an image of what looking for Jesus in strangers might look like” - ecusa.anglican.org