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Switch to Forum Live View The Prayer Vigil to End Extreme Poverty
10 years ago  ::  Dec 15, 2007 - 1:14PM #1
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Hi All,

The inaugural prayer was offered at one of the world's great chapels on 9/23/07...

The Counting Prayer
"The world now has the means to end extreme poverty, we pray we will have the will".

We invite every person, and every congregation in every faith in every country to join the historic St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero in NYC and to offer The Counting Prayer everyday and/or at every service until the Millennium Development Goals are met. Tens of thousands of prayers will turn into millions then billions, and as the prayers are answered the repetition of words will turn into advocacy then action, and finally a miracle.

As of today the Prayer Vigil Counter was over 75,000 prayers offered, and 4,900,000 have been pledged through 2015. It is my hope that the faith communities can unite around the simplest of common denominators—ending extreme poverty.

There is an interesting write-up about TCP on The Rev. Barbara Crafton's widely read Geranium Farm blog at

Will you please join us?

Blessings on your work!
Jon Denn, founder,
& (Day Job) Co-Director,
Trinity Conference Center, 79 Lower River Road, West Cornwall, CT 06796
(860) 672-1000 x260, fax -6968,
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10 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2007 - 4:27AM #2
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I went to a talk called "Prayer that Leads to Action for Justice." Of course, the theme was that God takes your prayer and gets you personally involved and working toward justice. Since I'm not very good at the social justice thing, this was good news. I have at least one major story on this. My new justice intention is on my profile.
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10 years ago  ::  Dec 26, 2007 - 9:22PM #3
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poverty most tenaciously, in Christ's name. Amen.
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2008 - 9:33AM #4
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As much as I believe in the necessity of prayer, poverty will not be solved until the church acts.

Jesus did not say to pray for the poor. He did not say to elect liberal politicians who will create yet another flawed government program to subsidize their poverty. He commanded His followers to feed them.

Just as a note of trivia, the chapel in the OP figures prominently in the wonderful film, "An American Carol".
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