Delivering an Atheist Invocation at a City Council Meeting? Here’s Some Inspiration May 18, 2014

Delivering an Atheist Invocation at a City Council Meeting? Here’s Some Inspiration

With the Supreme Court verdict in Town of Greece v. Galloway, sectarian invocations are now legal at government meetings — but that also means atheists can give non-religious invocations of their own.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners prays at a meeting (via WSOC-TV)

The Central Florida Freethought Community has compiled a wonderfully helpful transcribed list of past secular invocations from around the country. So feel free to read through them and use them as inspiration for your own reflections. It’s a fantastic resource for atheists who may be inspired to sign up to speak at an upcoming city council meeting.

I particularly love this excerpt from an invocation delivered by Andrew Lovley in South Portland, Maine in 2009:

Rather than bowing our heads and closing our eyes in denial or deference, we should open our eyes widely to accept the reality that confronts us, without losing sight of our ideals of what it could be. Through the prudent use of reason and compassion we can ensure the success of this great city. Lastly, we must remember that in the face of adversity we need not look above for answers, but instead recognize the proven potential within ourselves and in each other to overcome any challenges that may arise. Thank you.

So much good material on that page. Check it out — and let them know if there’s a secular invocation they missed!

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