Humanist Invocations

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Keller has been one of the first cities in Texas to allow for Humanist invocations prior to City Council meetings.

Previous invocations by Dr. Zachary Moore:

8/18/2015

Mayor Matthews, Council Members, on behalf of the Keller Humanists and the Keller Interfaith Alliance, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to help memorialize this meeting tonight.

As the council gathers here to make decisions on behalf of the people of Keller I ask you to lift your heads, to open your eyes and open your hearts.

Let us remember the words of the Prophet Isaiah, who imagined a kingdom of peace where “the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.”

Let us remember the children of Keller tonight, who will be returning to their studies next week. What we do here as citizens prepares the way for our children, and the children of our neighbors, to lead us into the future. Let us build for them a city of peace and prosperity, of hope and opportunity. Let us instill in them the values of equality and liberty, help them celebrate inclusively the diversity of our community.

Let us show them, through our decisions here tonight and moving forward that we seek to bring about a Peaceable Kingdom, where adversaries become companions, and where fear is replaced by love, right here in Keller.

Thank you for your service to the people of Keller. Amen.

4/7/2015

Mayor Matthews, Council Members, on behalf of myself and the Humanist Society, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to help memorialize this meeting tonight.

As the council gathers here to make decisions on behalf of the people of Keller I ask you to lift your heads, to open your eyes and open your hearts.

Spring is upon us, and with it the Easter season for our Christian friends and neighbors. I’m reminded of the story told by the Lukan Evangelist of the Good Samaritan. In it, Jesus tells his followers that “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Through the Samaritan parable, Jesus tells us that our neighbors are not just those who share our religious convictions. They are not just those who share our political identity, and they are not just those who share our station in life.

He tells us that our neighbors are also the least privileged among us, and those who have been waylaid by the vicissitudes of life.

I ask that we remember the Samaritan and our neighbors as our election season gets underway. And I ask that the work done here tonight in this chamber make manifest our highest possible aspirations.

Thank you for your service to the people of Keller.

12/2/2014

Mayor Matthews, Council Members, on behalf of myself and the Humanist Society, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to help memorialize this meeting tonight.

As the council gathers here to make decisions on behalf of the people of Keller I ask you to lift your heads, to open your eyes and open your hearts.

Our most serious duty tonight is to look to the community we share, the examples we make, and the legacies we leave.

That should be our greatest, most courageous and noble intention.

Let the work done here tonight in this chamber make manifest our highest possible aspirations.

Thank you for your service to the people of Keller.