World Day of Prayer

On Sept. 14, hundreds of thousands of people will come together in prayer during the 13th annual Unity World Day of Prayer. This interfaith event is open to people of all faiths and all walks of life.

Unity is a worldwide movement founded in 1889 that helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles to their daily lives. It is best known for Daily Word, a monthly magazine of inspirational messages that is distributed to about 1 million people in 175 countries.

Since 1994, millions of people have joined in a partnership of prayer during World Day of Prayer vigils held at many of the nearly 900 Unity churches and centers around the world.

Last year, participants offered prayers for an estimated 1.3 million people during the prayer vigil at the Unity world headquarters at Unity Village, Mo. People send the names of friends and family to Unity on prayer lists for this vigil. Each name is read quietly and sacredly during the vigil.

“In Unity, we know that prayer works,” said Unity President Charlotte Shelton. “We host World Day of Prayer as an opportunity for humankind to experience a transformation of health, abundance and love on a global level.”

Silent Unity, the transdenominational prayer ministry of Unity, maintains a 24-hour prayer vigil every day of the year and receives more than 2 million letters, telephone calls and Internet requests for prayer annually.

To learn more about the Unity World Day of Prayer, to submit names of friends and family members for the prayer vigil, and to enjoy an affirmation set to sound and motion, visit You can also find Unity churches that serve as host centers for local World Day of Prayer activities.

“We invite people to make a sacred connection with God and prayer participants around the world as they unite in positive attitude, understanding and love on this special day,” Shelton said.