RESPECT – Prayer for Good Debate

A prayer based on the Simple Charter for Good Debate.

God of truth and trust,

as we pray for parliament* and the agenda before it,

pour your grace upon its members

to debate with respect,

honouring each person,

especially where differences are strong;

to shun all hatred and any language that might inflame it;

to seek the protection of the most vulnerable

and the good of the whole community.

May each behave with integrity,

seeking best advice and evidence

for the decisions to be made,

that this city and all its citizens

may flourish, living in peace and harmony

with you and one author.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


  • * “Parliament” may be replaced by “this council” or another suitable word to suit the occasion.

Written for use before a City Council Meeting, Peterborough 16th October 2019

About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus' (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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