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A Blessing for President Burwell

Given by the Chaplains and Community Leaders of the Kay Spiritual Life Center at the April 4, 2018 Interfaith Chapel Service in anticipation of President Burwell's Inauguration

University Chaplain: Sylvia Matthews Burwell, we, the chaplains and spiritual leaders representing the interfaith community at American University gather to share a word of blessing with you this day. As you prepare to be inaugurated as the fifteenth president of this university, we invite you to open your heart and to receive the blessings of our communities.

Catholic Chaplain: May the light of God's divine wisdom shine upon you. May God assist you with God's spirit of counsel and fortitude, that your administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to the students, faculty, and staff of this University.

Sikh Community Representative: Lakh Khushiya Paatisaahia Je Satgur Nadar Kare. Hundreds of thousands of princely pleasures are enjoyed, if the True Guru bestows His Glance of Grace.

United Methodist Chaplain: May God grant you grace to give yourself wholeheartedly to this work and guide you in your labors that it may bring forth a great harvest for generations to come.

Jewish Chaplain: May you find compassion for all those you encounter as president, always remembering that each person is created in the Divine Image.

Muslim Chaplain: السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Muslim Student Leader: May God’s peace, mercy and blessing be upon you

Chi Alpha Chaplain: May you ‘therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.’ (1 Cor. 15:58)

University Chaplain: May God make you ever conscious of divine grace in times of stress, of mercy in times of judgment, of wisdom in times of discernment, peace in times of conflict, and of love in all things. And may you feel a sense of belonging, and help others to feel a sense of belonging, here on our campus and in the wider world, all the days of your life. And let us all say:

All: Amen.