Judeo-Christian Contemplation: Oneness Prayer
In an open letter to the Jewish and Christian Communities, two men of God, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Fr. Thomas Keating, wrote of their ecumenical efforts to bring contemplative prayer into the ordinary lives of people of many faith beliefs.
They wrote that every faith has some form of contemplative practice, but it is especially important that the common roots of the Jewish and Christian traditions be united in prayer to contribute to healing the divisiveness so common in today’s world. In silence, there is no doctrinal reflection, so we are open to God speaking to us.
To encourage interfaith collaboration in contemplative prayer, they co-authored the Judeo-Christian “Oneness Prayer Guidelines” to encourage the two communities (Judaism and Christianity) to learn and pray together, and to open themselves up to the gift of a deeper contemplative prayer practice