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Writing a grace for public school grad, trying to keep non-denominational.?

Writing a grace for public school grad, trying to keep non-denominational.? Topic: How to write a prayer of thanks to god
June 15, 2019 / By Donal
Question: My friend and I were asked to write a grace for our grad a few weeks ago. We are buddhists, and we really tried to keep the grace non-denominational. We made no mention of god, just asked people to give thanks to those and that which they love. When we handed in the copy to our vice principal, she rejected it. We had a meeting with a Christian teacher who gave us some ideas on what we could do differently. He suggested we use the term "God" because it was non-denominational, and many different religions have their own gods. He also suggest we end the grace with "Amen", a term he also felt was non-denominational. We now realize we cannot please everyone and don't know what to do. We feel it would be best to resign, because we cannot do it our way and if we do it how they want us to, we will not seem sincere. What should we do and do you think it is fair for us to say god and amen at a public school?
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Braiden Braiden | 4 days ago
I think you should go back to your "advisors" and remind them that prayer is not allowed in public schools. That to mention God, even amen, would in fact, make it a Religious prayer. I would stick with what you first wrote, but if they won't let you, then I don't think you should compromise your beliefs. Decline the assignment if you have to.
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Braiden Originally Answered: Writing a grace for public school grad, trying to keep non-denominational.?
I think you should go back to your "advisors" and remind them that prayer is not allowed in public schools. That to mention God, even amen, would in fact, make it a Religious prayer. I would stick with what you first wrote, but if they won't let you, then I don't think you should compromise your beliefs. Decline the assignment if you have to.

Adino Adino
No, neither you nor anyone at the school should have to say god. Amen is a bit iffier. It does have an element of spirituality associated with it and it does come from Hebrew but it is not specifically god related and phrases such as "amen to that" do show up in common parlance. Unfortunately, your feelings (and, basically, the feelings of any non-christians) just aren't an issue for most christians.
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Stephania Stephania
I would write a grace that would pacify the powers that be and then when it came time to actually say the grace, I would speak what you wanted to. We do have freedom of religion in this country, remember? They can't not let you graduate because you said a prayer consistent with your belief. When it comes right down to it, because of separation of church and state, they shouldn't even be saying grace anyway.
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Quella Quella
No I don't. I like your original idea, it is spiritual, and can appeal to everyone, religious or not. Non-denominational does not mean non christian. Something that this teacher and principal don't get. I don't think I would do something that made me as uncomfortable as this would.
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Meed Meed
I definitely wouldn't consider the terms 'god' and 'amen' to be non-denominational. I don't see a problem with giving thanks, as you long as you don't specify who you're giving thanks to - god, parents, whatever. Remember there are probably non-religious students to keep in mind, don't bother mentioning god since they don't acknowledge one. However, I believe legally you can say whatever you want as long as you don't encourage people to join you in prayer or start preaching to them.
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Meed Originally Answered: Grad school application on job history?
Pays more money sounds greedy, go with some white-lie like "to gain skills related to xxx career".

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