June 3, 2016
We are of diverse origin.
We have come here from many countries;
We speak many languages and honor diverse communities.
We draw strength from religious traditions as different as
they are influential.
We draw strength from cultures that honor no higher power,
but who aspire to greater good.
Today we invoke the presence of the Gods we know.
And we reach beyond what we know and give thanks for
the beauty of our world and the joy we share as we celebrate
this day of accomplishment.
We give thanks for the bricks of Bexley Hall reminding us of what we do not know.
We give thanks that the universe challenges our sense of wonder and points beyond itself to greater discoveries.
We give thanks for those of our guild who exhibited courage of purpose despite skeptics and nay-sayers
And who heard the still small voice of the cosmos.
May we remember and emulate their courage and patience as we seek to build a better world.
We are grateful for those who have given us strength and encouragement:
our families who told us we could do it and held up our hands
our teachers who shared their wisdom and opened our minds
our mentors who cried tears and gave us hearts for service.
We understand that our challenge is to not only give back to those who have given to us but to call into being by our work a world that is whole!
May it be so!
Robert M Randolph
Chaplain to the Institute