When we come together as a nation in times of crisis and pray, what is it that we are praying for?
That question was posed during a recent panel discussion at Nova Southeastern University's Alvin Sherman Library in Davie.
The group met to review the public television miniseries Prayer in America, which addresses the question of how prayer shapes this country.
Panel members included the Rev. Nancy Horton McCarthy of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Deerfield Beach; Joe Baykun of the Buddhist SGI-USA temple in Weston; Rabbi Erica Rosenkranz of Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach; and Altaf Ali, executive director at the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The screening and discussion centered on prayer in crisis and in armed conflict. Earnest exchanges were the flavor of the evening.
“If both sides are praying for a resolution, for intervention, what are the jihadists praying for?” audience member Chris Neilson asked Altaf Ali in front of a full wall display of prayers from all world traditions. “Which side is right, and how is that determined?''
“Before you offer a prayer, the concept of justice must be prevalent,” Ali answered.
“What would you consider justice?” Neilson countered.
“I would hope they would be praying for peace,” Ali said. (READ MORE)