October 15-22, 2023, is the Week of Prayer for World Peace

Join the Iona Community and Alignment: Interfaith Contemplative Practices for a digital experience this Week of Prayer, which can be used by individuals and faith communities around the world. 

Kaitlin Curtis in her book, Native – Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God, writes about the journey of being human alongside others of different traditions. She defines the work of sharing our practices as the responsibility we all hold to and for our own tradition, and to and for one another.

This year the Week of Prayer for World Peace (based in London) is collaborating with the Iona Community (based in Scotland) and Alignment: Interfaith Contemplative Practices (based in Philadelphia) to offer a digital experience for the Week of Prayer to be used by individuals and faith communities around the world. 

Leaders from eight different religious and spiritual traditions each offer a five-minute prayer, one for each day of the week, following the theme of this year’s WPWP: Praying with Hope in a Troubled World.

This year’s offerings come from the following communities: Jewish, Baha’i, Lebanese Maronite Christian, Hindu, Shinnyo-en Buddhist, Sikh, Indigenous/Native, and Pagan/Wiccan.

This QR code will lead you to the website where the prayers will open, one each day of the week. Once a prayer opens, it will remain open to be revisited through the year. They can also be found by visiting 

Or host the digital platform directly on your community’s website with this embed code: <iframe src=”” id=”alignment-calendar” frameBorder=”0″ style=”width: 100%”></iframe><script src=””></script>

The intention of this collaboration is

  • to encourage those seeking peace for all of humanity to expand our own practices of prayer by embracing the prayers of other traditions
  • to nurture understanding, empathy, and harmony among diverse faith communities 
  • to raise awareness of the practices and teachings of other traditions

We hope 

  • To demonstrate that a commitment to world peace must embrace all peoples and include the traditions, prayers, and hopes of all peoples.

To expand our awareness and knowledge of other traditions and provide the opportunity to pray with those from other religious and spiritual traditions.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Presbyterian Outlook.