Secular Invocation Delivered at Wheaton City Council Meeting

Last night, at a meeting of the Wheaton City Council (the city that’s home to evangelical hotspot Wheaton College), Ted Utchen delivered a secular invocation just before the start of the meeting (which is now when invocations are usually held).

It’s difficult to hear but the transcript is below:

Let us rise each morning, and strive each day, to do only that which brings happiness and joy to others, and avoid doing things that cause others hurt and pain. Let us use our minds and our reason to foster behavior based on the mutuality and reciprocity inherent in human relationships, and let us always respect the dignity and worth of each other. And let us, above all, love one another, not to obtain rewards for ourselves now or hereafter or to avoid punishment, but rather always to bring each other contentment and peace. So be it.

Beautiful. And not a mention of God in it. (See? That wasn’t so hard at all.)

Keep these invocations coming!

(Video courtesy of Tom Cara)

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