Prayer examples that can be used at meetings. These invocations may be edited or revised as needed.
Thanks for the Invocations
thank you for providing this .. i've been looking for a copy for some time.
Thank you for posting the Invocation booklet. I had purchased the paper copy in the 1990's, but it is lost now. Thanks again.
Thank you from the Old Capitol Kiwanis club in Iowa City, Iowa, too. I also appreciate the discussion from the online forum about the topic of prayer at our meetings. Jim Dane, President
Thanks for posting this on the Kiwanis website - It will certainly help our Kiwanis Club in New River, Arizona. Alfie kraus, President 2008-2009
Would appreciate editing the text of the prayers to make them ecumenical.
Don't see any reason not to have an invocation, but also don't see any reason to offend those who don't invoke a diety.
I've been using the little book for years, and it's quite dog-eared. This helps.
But -- my copy is a newer one, with "CSV #21" at the top of the cover page, and a "Printed 9/01" on the last page. Any idea why we've gone back in time?
Thank you for providing this booklet. I needed a short invocation for my graduation, and this helped dearly. Thank you so much. I recognized Kiwanis in my speech. Once again, thank you.
I had hoped for more inclusive medictations for the spiritual support for our cluibs internationally.
How can I get a copy of this booklet.
As an international service organization, we really should be sensitive to the possibility that "heavenly father" doesn't work well for all of our representative religious beliefs and philosophies. I am not wise enough to propose a wording remedy, but it would seem appropriate to consult with scholars in the different philosophies to obtain a variety of invocations -- or even just opening lines that would show recognition of others and tolerance of other beliefs. Not all of the world follows our Judea-Christian brand of monotheism.
If I offend, I apologize. I only seek tolerance.
I find the guide very helpfull. Especially when looking for a specific situation of prayer area.
Thanks Chris, as the new Chairman of the Human and Spiritual Values committee, I am continually called upon to do the invocations at our meetings. Now I have plenty of prayers to choose from.
As an atheist I would love to find an organization that does good without proselytizing. Why not pray before you go to the meeting? Why not do good just because it is the right thing to do and not because you believe in some vengeful father figure lurking over your shoulder?! Why make others uncomfortable by saying a prayer before a meal or meeting?
Why should anyone ever feel uncomfortable about a prayer of any kind? If you don't believe in a god, then you have no reason to care what is said to god.
The way we've been trying to deal with this is to allow everyone a chance to do the 'prayer'. If given the chance to use this time, how would you respond?
We've had Jewish members give a prayer in Hebrew, and one of the Bahá'í Faith that did a very satisfactory prayer.
Tolerance is not keeping ourselves from ever making anyone else uncomfortable, but in learning to feel comfortable enough about ourselves that others being themselves can't make us uncomfortable.
Thanks for posting these. i've been scouring the net to find appropriate opening/closing prayers for our Auxiliary Legion meetings and these seem perfect. Thank you.
Great service. I have used it several times.
Regardless of religion, there are very few occassions where something bad comes at the mention of the word God or an invocation of any type. I think it's sad that people forget our country was built on "In God We Trust," and that God can mean anything to anybody. I'm so tired of people being concerned of offending those who don't believe in some God. A good friend of mine is atheist and he doesn't go around huffing and puffing when he attends an event that begins with an invocation. I think we need not be so concerned about offending every single person and concentrate a little harder on being proud, truthful and honest with who we are - people who have faith in some God or another.
If Kiwanis wishes to establish more clubs in e.g. Asia, the Middle East or even in Europe or gain more members in those area of the world it needs to reconsider whether it wants to appear as a purely Christian affiliated organization or whether it is prepared to treat all religions and religious affiliations in an equal, non-discriminating and non-exclusive manner. I have little problem if a club, paricularly in the US that is entirely composed of Christian believers (is there such a club - I hope not!) uses invocations to the Christian GOD but I take issue if e.g. a Mormon minister who happens to be a Kiwanian in an Asian club with a majority of Buddhist members miuses club meetings to indicate who "belongs" and who not and invocates a GOD that the majority of the club membership does not acknowledge. To put it bluntly: Kiwanis - at least outside the USA - needs to decide whether it wants to be a religion based charity-/ service club or not.
I am amazed that prayer has become such an object of offense. If a peson does not believe in God or believes in a different god than another person, what is the issue? Why not allow each person to be honest about who they are and what they believe? Why would we want to censure anyone from praying to their own God? Michael, I think you hit the nail on the head. I would like to reiterate that tolerance is not trying never to offend someone else, but being comfortable within ourselves to let others be themselves. I am not offended when someone else prays publicly to their own god, but I am offended when someone seeks to supress my faith by urging me to pray to a god that doesn't exist in any religion.
Thank you! this will come handy in our meeting
Is Kiwanis International engaged in dialogue on this subject? Is there a position? Is there any work being done on a replacement resource to this prayerbook such as a collection of reflective thoughts about our purpose and mission or something?
Kiwanis International offers Inspirational Moments for Kiwanis Occasions through our online Family Store.
We no longer publish Invocations for Kiwanis Occasions.
Member Services Team
I have been to district and other Kiwanis conventions and I am always surprised that the invocation is always Christian. this seems very out-dated to me (as do the invocations in the Guide)
Our Club has been going through some tumoil about the invocations recently. I'm not sure why. We ask people to provide a prayer, an inspirational thought, a poem or other positive quotation. Our next Board meeting will spend some time discussing this.