strictly humanist prayer entrance

ancestors_family_treewe cry out to our ancestors,
from Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha,
to Jeshua ben Joseph, the Christ…
we call to Mary Magdalene, Moses, and Mohammad;
we call to Katherine Vogel
and Faustus Socinus,
we call to Charles Darwin and Marie Curie;
we cry to Olympia Brown, Frederick Douglass,
Harvey Milk and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz;

we hold in our minds
every human being who ever believed
that a better world was possible;
we think of all those who acted
to help create such a world;

and, simultaneously emboldened and humbled
by all those who have gone before,
we speak of our gratitude
to be still alive, and as well as we are;
we note how glad we are
to be here, among these good people;

we lift up those joys & sorrows just mentioned,
and those which remain in the silent sanctuaries of our hearts…

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so may we categorize: