For faculty and staff



Inclusive reflections in lieu of public prayer

Instead of calling for a moment of public prayer and unnecessarily alienating your audience or calling attention to one particular set of religious beliefs over another, use one of the following phrases calling for inclusive reflections:

  • Let’s all pause for a moment of silence.

  • Let us pause: We meet together in an effort to build community, to advance education and understanding. We seek the patience of one another as we strive to learn and grow and the stamina to make a difference in our state, nation and world. We express our thanks for the gifts of life and for the food we are about to eat.

  • Let us pause: We gather here today as colleagues and friends with attention to a common goal. That goal is the continued service to the citizens of our state through our programs and information. We understand our responsibilities as committed educators as well as learners — personally and professionally. It is obvious that we work and live in challenging times. We seek the patience of each other as we strive to learn and grow, and the stamina to make a difference in our state, nation and the world.

  • We express our thanks for an opportunity to gather together where we can reinforce our community principles of openness and engagement for all people, for the gifts of life and for the food that has been prepared for us. For all this, we are thankful.

  • Good Afternoon, Please center your hearts and minds on the following Albert Einstein said, "Learn from yesterday; Live for today; Hope for tomorrow."  Today may we live in the moment, taking joy in our opportunity to re-commit ourselves to professionalism and to excellence.  As we gather together as colleagues and friends who share common beliefs about education and about the importance of extension, we pledge that we will continue to make a difference in the lives of the people of our states, the nation, and the world. We express our gratitude for the gifts of life and community, and for the food that has been prepared for us.  For all of these things and more, we are thankful. Enjoy your meal!

  • Please center your hearts and minds on the following Albert Einstein said,
             Learn from yesterday
             Live for today
           Hope for tomorrow
     
    Today may we live in the moment, taking joy in our opportunity to re-commit ourselves to professionalism and to excellence
     
    As we gather together as colleagues and friends who share common beliefs about education and about the importance of extension, we pledge that we will continue to make a difference in the lives of the people of our states, the nation, and the world.
     
    We express our gratitude for the gifts of life and community, and for the food that has been prepared for us.
     
    For all of these things and more, we are thankful,
     
    Enjoy your meal!
     

Inclusive reflections in lieu of public prayer