In the Rotary year 1970-71, District 595 (later divided into District 595 and 596) compiled and printed a collection of Invocations for use at Rotary meetings. The booklet was expanded and reprinted in 1972-73, and has served the clubs in our district well for over twenty years. Recently there have been requests for a reprinting of the booklet. This present edition includes the Invocations of the earlier booklets, with the addition of some new material.
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But times and styles of Invocation have changed in these last twenty years, most especially, as far as Invocation goes, in the direction of inclusive language. Also, for gatherings like Rotary, which reflect a cross-section of world religions, prayer style has changed in the direction of Invocations addressed to a "generic" deity. In keeping with the current spirit, Invocations from earlier editions of this booklet have been altered so as to be inclusive both of gender references and of religious outlooks and affiliations.
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However, as the 1993-94 chaplain for Rotary District 5960, I feel I must put into the record this personal judgment: I am hesitant to require of our "prayers" that they pray to a generic deity or otherwise mask their own religious orientations and habits. An Invocation is a personal and varied expression of spirituality, and sincerity in Invocation is universally valued. It seems to me that those who hear (overhear? - true Invocations are not directed toward a human listening audience!) Invocations in a public meeting are the ones who need to be inclusive, giving room for all individuals to be honest in their own exercises and expressions of faith. Of course Invocations which are explicitly divisive are inappropriate when verbalized in a mixed group. Perhaps, because of current sensitivities in this area, each club should work out its own "guideline for group Invocation." In any case, the Invocations printed in this current edition of our Invocation book will not offend anyone because of gender references or, in most cases, references to a specific religion.
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Fortunately for all of us, Past District Governor Roland D. Wilsey of Roseville, who contributed a third of the invocations in the 1972-73 edition of the book, was willing to review and revise both his own invocations and the other invocations in the earlier book. I am most grateful for his interest and his work.
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We send this booklet out in the hope that, both directly and as a stimulus of suggestions, it will enrich the meetings of our clubs.
Reverend Robert A. Morgan Rotary International District 5960 Chaplain 1993-94
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