Universal Worship

Celebration – Reflection – Devotion

These words reflect the essence of the Universal Worship Service. We light candles for the world's religions to celebrate their greatness and their attempts to remove darkness from daily life. We read from the holy books of each religion and sing their sacred music, bringing devotion into our hearts and into the Service. We continue this devotional spirit by reciting prayers to God and all the Prophets. We have an opportunity to be silent, to allow the blessings created by the service to penetrate our beings, and to reflect on the message created during the Service.

Altar for the Universal Worship

Just as every day brings newness and blessings, so each of our Services is unique, even though following a similar format. We may be joined by a featured musician, which adds a different flavour to the Service, and deepening the devotional aspect. A few of our services include a Healing Service, creating a very special event which helps us connect to our spiritual purpose. At each Service, we invite the participation and love of the Prophets, Saints and Sages that have preceded us over time.

The theme that is chosen for each Service is far-reaching, and at the same time universal. The readings taken from the holy books demonstrate beyond doubt that each religion is truly a gift from the same God, even though culture or time may vary the words or their expression. In the end, we recognize that although many differences may exist between this or that religion, the ideals of each are similar, inspiring all of humanity to live a better life, in balance with each other and with nature.

Some attending the Universal Worship Service for the first time erroneously assume that this is yet another new religion. Such is not the case. Hazrat Inayat Khan, through whom the service came to us, felt very strongly that the world already had many very beautiful religions, and there was no need to add to this number. His intention was that those attending the service could receive inspiration while remaining with their own religion, thereby helping their religion to grow and become that much more beautiful.

We warmly invite you to join us at the next Universal Worship Service. They are held once a month, on the third Tuesday. Please contact Reverend Cherag Amina Janet Berketa for information if you wish to attend, by using our contact form. Registered members may also post to our Universal Worship discussion forum.

“The sign of spirituality is that there is nothing you cannot forgive, there is no fault you cannot forget. Do not think that he who has committed a fault yesterday must do the same today, for life is constantly teaching and it is possible in one moment a sinner may turn into a saint.”

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

The mother was the stepping-stone of Jesus to Christhood.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Chalas