God of many names,
You who has endowed us with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,
Let us remember this day that in this country there is no national religion,
There is no superior race
There is no preferable gender or orientation
We gather holding a common value
That the glory of this country rests first and foremost in its diversity.
Out of many ideas,
Out of many beliefs,
Out of many views,
Out of many voices,
Out of many passions,
Out of many experiences,
We are one.
Help us O God, to never forget
that we need not be alike
to live and love alike.
We ask for forgiveness this day
For our national and individual transgressions ..
When we have chosen inaction or silence
In the face of injustice.
And abuse of power
And our failure to claim our own
We ask for forgiveness for
When we have not known our own neighbor,
Fed our hungry,
Or equipped our future generation with Knowledge and love.
We ask for a blessing on this nation
according to our own faith and forms
And pledge our voice in support of moving closer and closer to freedom.
These and the prayers of our hearts we pray now in the silence ...
In the names of those who have come before
And those who are yet to be,
In the names of all of the helpers of humankind.
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