For all of you who aren’t sure, it is possible to be gay and Christian.
It’s also possible to believe in God and science.
It is possible to be pro-choice and anti-abortion.
It is equally possible to be a feminist and love and respect men.
It’s possible to have privilege and be discriminated against, to be poor and have a rich life, to not have a job and still have money.
It is possible to believe in sensible gun control legislation and still believe in one’s right to defend one’s self, family, and property.
It’s possible to be anti-war and pro-military.
It is possible to love thy neighbor and despise his actions.
It is possible to advocate Black Lives Matter and still be pro police.
It is possible to not have an education and be brilliant.
It is possible to be Muslim and also suffer at the hands of terrorists.
It is possible to be a non-American fighting for the American dream.
It is possible to be different and the same.
We are all walking contradictions of what “normal” looks like.
Let humanity and love win. – Author unknown
International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners’ Annual Training Symposium
July 26, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada
Rev. Bryan J. Guiot, MA, MTh
Good morning and welcome back to Las Vegas!
Let’s take a moment to bow our heads in the presence of our Sacred.
Today we honor our work as members of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.
We honor our mission. Keep us focused to continue to advance the accurate determination of the cause and the manner of death through science, medicine and the law.
We honor our continuing education. Spark our desire to learn from our successes and our challenges. We are mindful there is still so much yet to learn.
We honor our daily work. Keep us faithful and persistent in our search for the truth and for justice.
We honor our commitments. Renew our pledge to do this work in the public trust always with care and with compassion for both victims and survivors.
We honor our health and safety. Protect us and those we love today and for all of our tomorrows to come. This morning we are mindful of those who have fallen in the line of duty and who have completed their time among us… our loved ones, our colleagues, our friends who have died.
We honor our impact on our law enforcement agencies and our communities. Keep us mindful of being respectful and kind to each other.
Finally, we honor our mistakes, faults and failings. Give us the courage and the strength to reach out and ask for help and support when we need it. May we always be mindful that, indeed, peace begins with me.
And so it is. Amen!