As the community gathers this evening, let us briefly reflect on the things you, as a Commission, bring with you to do the business of improving the City of Eustis for residents, the many businesses, and its cherished visitors.
Compassion is essential for effective public service and it is cultivated through a lifetime of learning about the needs of everyone in the community and the harm that follows when those needs are neglected.
Your integrity and honesty are earned through life lessons you take from family, friends, and your own personal experiences of these principles in everyone around you.
Wisdom is often called for during an invocation, however all the knowledge needed is already right here in this chamber. Your fellow commissioners, the hard-working city staff, as well as citizens and business owners come to serve along with you and to be a resource to call upon.
As we unite with the common goal of improving the lives of all stakeholders and even those who will be affected by this evening’s decisions for generations to come, take solace in the fact that on our own we can do this, because of who we are, because we have one another, and simply because it must be done.
We are all in this together. We will make it happen.
If you watch the video of the invocation, you can see the mayor introduce him — out of habit, no doubt — as “Pastor David Williamson of the Central Florida Freethought Community Church.” He politely corrected her before beginning his speech.
Williamson is the founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, a group that’s organizing several more secular invocations all over the state. You can see their running list — along with a compilation of transcripts of secular invocations around the country — right here.