The Inclusion & Dialogue Center commemorates the National Day of Prayer

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The Inclusion & Dialogue Center invites everyone to join us in setting aside some time today for prayer, meditation or quiet reflection. 

The constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their attempt was unanimously dismissed by a panel of a federal appellate court in April 2011.

In 2021, the National Day of Prayer will celebrate over 70 year of observance. Although it is largely considered a Christian observance, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion encourages people from all faith backgrounds to pray for America and the various people groups who call America home. We encourage everyone who claims prayer as a faith tradition, to pray with confidence and hope that America will heal from the devastating pandemic, our political schisms and the ever growing racial divide. We ask for healing for our land and to make us one!

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Prayer

  • National Day of Prayer. May 6, 2021

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