Courage and Serenity Prayer news

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Nov 19 18:12:39 UTC 2009

Quoting Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>:

> 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.
> --Ben Zimmer

Right. Thanks Ben. Another little correction; the article author is Paul E.
{Eugene?} Pfuetze not Pfwetze. The typeface at the article is unusual, but the
Table of Contents entry is clear.

Do you have a bibliographic record that shows a matching YMCA publication?

Stephen Goranson

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