Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer


A Prayer
Give me the serenity to accept
what cannot be changed
Give me the courage to change
what must be changed
The wisdom to distinguish one
from the other.

Left: Front page from a memorial service brochure for Reinhold Niebuhr Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room

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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.