On Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Rev. Selena Fox, Senior Minister of Circle Sanctuary, became the first Wiccan minister and Pagan religious leader to do the opening invocation for a session of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Selena delivered the invocation, which she wrote for the occasion, from the podium in the front of the State Assembly Chamber in the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.
Greetings from the colorful forests and fields of Brigham Township, near Barneveld, in Iowa County in Southwestern Wisconsin.
In this Autumn season, let us appreciate Nature’s beauty in the many colors and patterns on the land throughout our whole great state of Wisconsin.
And, let us also recognize and appreciate the beauty and richness of the diversity of all of us gathered here today in this Assembly Chamber.
We are from many places, many backgrounds, many walks of life, many viewpoints: yet we converge here to serve, and also today, to remember those who have given their life in service of our great nation.
Let us now reflect a few moments on being part of a collaborative and creative community of service, helping the people of Wisconsin and the greater Circle of Nature of which we are all part. (short pause)
And now, in the next few moments of quiet, each in our own way, let us connect with Creative Source, according to the religion, spirituality, and/or philosophy that informs our lives. (longer pause)
O Creative Source, Within and Beyond, You who are known by No Name and by Many Names, including: Higher Power, Great Spirit, Divine Mother, Divine Father, Still Small Voice Within,
God, Goddess, Truth, Eternal Light, Reason, Love, and by many other names, across religious traditions, spiritualities, and philosophies.
Watch over and bless this Assembly, its members and its staff -- and all those who are here today.
Bless All with Wisdom, Understanding, Creativity, Love, and Compassion,
in Considerations, Deliberations, Communications, and Decision-making.
Bless All, so that that there is a spirit of cooperation and success in finding effective solutions to the challenges before us,
And so that we can work together for more liberty and justice -- and environmental well-being for all.
So Be It, So Mote It Be.
Amen, A’ho, Ashe, Namaste.
Let It Be So.