From the February 1999 magazine.

A Contradiction in Terms?

In most meetings, the Lord's Prayer is the official close of the meeting. I think that the recitation of a prayer from a specific religion is a violation of tradition, and diverts us from our singleness of purpose. I also believe it is disrespectful to persons of other faiths for us to assume that everybody sitting in the room is a Christian. I wonder how many newcomers of other religions (or those having none at all) are uncomfortable with the Christian ritual, and perhaps do not come back.

Page xiv of the Big Book states: "The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to...

-- Donna F.

Roswell, Georgia