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Prayer to Raise the Wage


Some version of this I spoke at the March to Raise the Wage on July 24 in downtown Houston.

Let us pray:

God of many Names, let your presence be known.

Mystery of Life, fill our hearts this afternoon.

Our minds are full of the stories presented here today. They represent but three of the millions of low wage workers who must choose between paying the rent and feeding their families.

How closely linked we are—rich, poor, and in the middle. Poverty, wealth, power and powerlessness are interconnected and each of us is a part of that web of life.

We give thanks for all who advocate for a living wage, that they may be heard by employers, by communities, and by policy makers.

We call for fair pay so that full-time workers can live above the poverty line. A job should pull people out of poverty, not keep them in it. They’ll have money to spend on goods and services; money to save for emergencies; money to invest in education for the kids and for their own retirement.

We call for change in policies and managers who abuse their workers, that they will rise to a higher standard of decency and respect.

We call upon ourselves as consumers to hold companies accountable for the ways they treat their workers, and to work toward legal remedies.

We call upon you, God of our Hearts, Spirit of Life, to keep us united.

We pray all this in the name of all that is holy and whole.

Go in peace, Salaam, Shalom, İSí se puede!





Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, July 26, 2013


There are 200 of us here today—business owners, Congressman Ted Poe, and others. . . . Two hundred uniquely personal faiths . . .

Two hundred different understandings of God. . . .

In this way we are not unlike the world—

A world in which we invest our love and hope as well as money

And we pray together, each in our own way. Let us pray.

God of Many Names, and Mystery of the Highest Order,

We ask that you make your presence known to us through our own religious or spiritual-but-not-religious lens.

God, strengthen our working families, that their jobs will pull them above the poverty line, that they will be able to pay for health care and rent and put food on the table for themselves and their children. Their ability to spend money makes the economy strong and business thrives.

God grant wisdom to teachers who educate our kids for a strong workforce. May there be jobs for them when they graduate from high school; may there be additional training and education available for those who need it.

Now we give thanks, oh God, for this food before us, for the servers, bussers, and cooks, for the chefs and the dishwashers; for the farmers and harvesters and truckers who made it all possible.

Bless this food to our use and us to Thy service.

We offer this prayer in the name of the Highest.