Greeted by extremely tepid applause, Rick Warren offered a prayer that included an English translation of the Shema, the most sacred prayer in Judaism:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
Warren went on to make a few statements that seemed almost apologetic for his own history of discrimination against LGBT people, women, and religious minorities. "When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us," he prayed, asking for "civility in our attitudes even when we differ."
Warren concluded by saying that he offered the prayer on behalf of "the one who changed my life," Jesus Christ.