Lord, forgive us the hatreds and prejudices and malice
which pulls the rug from under all our so-called love for others and for you.
Black and White, Catholic and Protestant,
Jew and Arab, Croat, Muslim, and Serb –
so many peoples feed on hatred for one another,
endlessly suppressing the truth of our common humanity.
Lord, give courage and compassion,
a liberation of the spirit,
an opening of heart and mind,
so that those thought of only as aliens and enemies
may become simply people.
We make our prayer through the Friend of sinners,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christopher Avon Lamb, 1939- , British Theology School Director
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free,
there is no male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.