Leader Resource 3: Five Smooth Stones Prayer
This prayer is based upon James Luther Adams' essay "Guiding Principles for a Free Faith" in On Becoming Human Religiously: Selected Essays in Religion and Society, Max Stackhouse, ed. Beacon Press, 1976, pp. 12-20.
Cut into five parts and give to volunteers to read in the Opening.
This stone embodies our living tradition,
We always learning new truths,
we are always growing in knowledge,
and revelation is never sealed.
This stone embodies that we are a free people,
gathering in free will to join in a spiritual journey.
This stone embodies our call to create a just and loving world,
to work to abolish oppression in all its forms.
This stone embodies this acknowledgement;
that good things do not just happen,
but instead that we work to make those things happen.
This stone embodies our knowledge that there are spiritual and human resources "for the achievement of meaningful change, [which] justify an attitude of ultimate optimism.