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Prayer Replaced by Moment of Reflection at University of Windsor's Convocation

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Published on Oct 13, 2012

At the October 13, 2012 convocation, group prayer was replaced by a moment of reflection for the first time. This change is permanent and has been well-received by staff and students at the University of Windsor.

PRAYER (BEFORE): Did not reflect the beliefs of all students; was not all-inclusive; imposed ideals that do not fit with many students. "Eternal God, the source of all goodness, discipline, and knowledge. We pray you to bless this assembly, gather to recognize achievement, and celebrate life. Bless this and all universities in their quest for excellence. Be with teachers and students everywhere. That an unending search for truth and justice may be awakened in them. Inspire all researchers, philosophers, and writers to provide resources for searching minds. Enable all who discern truth to make the wholeness of human kind their life's goal. Amen."
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REFLECTION SPEECH (AFTER): Open to all; each student can make it meaningful in his/her own way. "This day marks a new beginning, particularly for those about to celebrate their graduation. It is only fitting that we come together to recognize your achievements and commemorate your successes as you continue to your lifelong quest for knowledge and excellence. I ask that you take a moment to reflect on those who guided you along your path of learning, to appreciate our families, our teachers, our peers, the world in which we live, and all that inspires us."

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