Prayers of Universal Worship
The prayers spoken at the Universal Worship encapsulate the philosophy and aspirations of the Universal Worship.
Prayer is the alignment of the finite with the Infinite. In an act of sacred attunement of this kind, the cognitive dissonance that can arise when the language utilized is experienced as unrelatable or even objectionable can render the expansion of heart to which prayer aspires unreachable. With this concern in view, the Inayatiyya community Universal Worship has entered into a deep conversation about the words “Master” and “Lord,” as well as other gendered features of our tradition. Thus far, there is no consensus as to whether these words should be retained or replaced in congregational practice, and if replaced, what alternative language should be utilized.
Listen to readings of the prayers of Universal Worship