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Stanford's multifaith community observes a Day of Prayer

A time of prayer, chanting, and contemplation, coordinated by campus faith groups, will focus on “the health, wholeness, and safety of people around the globe and at Stanford.” Individuals and groups are encouraged, but not required, to sign up for time slots during the 24-hour period that begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

The Stanford Chaplains Council is inviting the campus community to participate in a Day of Prayer – “in light of the current time of global violence, death, and grief” – beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and continuing for 24 hours.

The council, whose members serve as advisors to Stanford Associated Religions student groups, is organizing the effort, which will not be centered in a single location. Various groups may pray at the same time in separate locations according to their own faith or join together in intra- or interfaith settings. Others are expected to participate during regularly scheduled services.

“We will not dictate the content or direction of the practices other than suggest that they be directed toward the health, wholeness, and safety of people around the globe and at Stanford,” the council said.

Groups and individuals wishing to participate have the option of signing up for particular slots to schedule time for prayer, chanting, or contemplation.

“As we grapple with the ongoing pain of violence, war, and conflict around the world and here on our campus, we have an opportunity to join together in prayer and contemplation,” said Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life Tiffany L. Steinwert. “I am grateful for the Chaplains Council’s invitation to gather across our many diverse faiths and belief, in prayers for the well-being of our world. For in pausing together, we can kindle hope for ourselves, for our communities, and for the global community of which we are part.”