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Hindu religious leader gave second Invocation embarrassing some council members

CAROL ROSEN - After some confusion, Rajan Zed (middle) added a second invocation at a recent Canby City Council meeting.

In a heartfelt statement, Mayor Brian Hodson apologized for a choppy invocation at the start of the Jan. 16 Council meeting.

As usual, Hodson gave the Invocation at the start of the meeting. As the members and the audience were giving the Pledge of Allegiance, Rajan Zed walked in and gave another invocation.

Hodson later explained that Zed had called a couple of weeks ago and asked to do the invocation. But Hodson wasn't sure that was such a good idea, he told council members and the audience. He changed his mind and called Zed and asked him to come and give the Invocation that day.

The mayor told council members and the audience he thinks the Invocation is an important part of the meetings. He enjoys doing it because it puts him in the right frame of mind.

"It was a choppy handling of the situation -- I bring it up to you because I do care very much about the process and the Invocation piece and the people that can come to our community and the community as a whole," he said. "I do the Invocation because it's a piece for me and centers me in terms of gearing up for this evening. The leaders need to be prayed for and be shown encouragement and have kind words for us because there's a lot going on and a lot that weighs on our shoulders, and there's a lot going on in the city."

Hodson said that he would talk with Joe Lindsay, city attorney, and Kim Sheaffer, city recorder, so that we can do this better the next time.

Sarah Spoon wrote a statement about the man, stating that Zed is a distinguished religious statesman. He's regarded with esteem and has been invited by a number of governments to open meetings, including the U.S., European and state and local governments across the country. He's also held leadership positions for the interfaith community.

"I'm embarrassed for our city tonight that we failed to be a gracious host...and that we wasted a unique opportunity…" she said.


Carol Rosen
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