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Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers represented Reform Judaism at the Commonwealth Service: A Celebration of the Commonwealth at Westminster Abbey on Monday 13 March. The service was attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family as well as the Prime Minister.

Rabbi Debbie read the following prayer alongside representatives of other faiths:

Peace and Reconciliation within the Commonwealth

God of all creation, we stand in awe before You, impelled by visions of human harmony. We are children of many traditions – inheritors of shared wisdom and tragic misunderstanding. In that which we share, let us see the common prayer of humanity; where we differ, let us wonder at human freedom; in our unity and our differences, let us know the uniqueness that is God. May our courage match our convictions and our integrity match our hope.


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