"At Interfaith Youth Core, we won't do a communal prayer. What we do is invite people to offer their expressions of prayer," he said. "We try to be clear that this is, for the individual, an important form of expression. For some people in the audience, it will constitute worship, for others it will be education, and for some it will be about deepening friendship. But for others it may be something they can't participate in for religious reasons. Interfaith groups have to be sensitive."
"The unifier that the Interfaith Youth Core tends to use is the unifier of service to others," Patel said. "That's a deep value across religious and secular traditions."