Courage and Serenity Prayer news

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Nov 19 18:00:48 UTC 2009

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 11:26 AM, Stephen Goranson wrote:
>> The Intercollegian and Far Horizons, vol. 55 no. 2, November 1937,
>> "What Makes a Strong Student Christian Association?" by Paul E. Pfwetze, pages
>> 35-36. Page 36 col. 1:
>> A strong Association evaluates its progress by these tests:
>> 1....
>> [col. 2:]
>> 10. Is it inspired by the prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr:
>> "Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to
>> accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other."
>> Reprinted from "Notes and Views" (Published by the Pacific Southwest Field
>> Council).
> A minor correction: that's "News and Views." Appears to be a YMCA publication.

Another correction: the author's name is Pfuetze, not Pfwetze. He was
a student of Niebuhr.

--Ben Zimmer

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