San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed extended an invitation and thank you to religious leaders in the San Jose area this morning at a breakfast gathering in the City Hall Rotunda. The group of nearly 200 included much of the spectrum of religious communities in our area- Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Interfaith, and all manner of Christians: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic, as well as several members of the San Jose City Council. The program was simple: an invocation led by Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-el, Imam Tahir Anwar of the South Bay Islamic Association, and a Christian pastor whose name I did not catch, and brief remarks from Mayor Reed thanking those present for the many contributions they make, often unseen, to the vitality of the city. For many, it offered a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with colleagues in religious leadership with whom they might not otherwise come into contact.
At the end of his remarks, Mayor Reed mentioned that he has been asked by various people how they should pray for him. He said he asks for prayer for three things: for wisdom to know what is right, for courage to do what is right, and for humility. Our thanks to Mayor Reed for recognizing the importance and diversity of religious life in San Jose!