Resource: Prayer & Worship | Secular Prayer
Secular Prayer is a short film (4.29) from the BBC’s Learning Zone Broadband Clips Library. It explores how a group of school students responded when a freind died in a car accident. Expressing emotion and joining in ritual action, for example when someone has been bereaved, might be a parallel to religious prayer: it’s certainly an activity that anyone can join in for themselves, and that might be helpful in circumstances of stress. How does a school help pupils cope when a young person from the community dies?
a) Clarify with students what the term ‘secular’ means in the context of prayer and explore how and why ‘prayer’ might be effective in a situation where there is no acknowledged belief in God.
b) Ask students to write a prayer or meditation of their own for a specific occasion, person or situation. Uue some of the following prompts, and add further ideas of your own:
i) ... someone full of fear about the future
ii) ... someone very thankful for the good things in life
iii) ... someone who isn’t sure about belief in God
iv) ... someone who feels they have no true friends
v) ... someone who has been disturbed by a news report about famine in Africa.
Encourage students to spend time getting the text just right: draft and redraft it.