Council discusses city hall prayer possibility

 

The Fort St. John city council has received a request to hold regular prayer services for interested city staff and councillors.

Pastor John Austin gave a presentation to council giving an example of what he said has been the benefit of prayer.

The example was a video clip produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network that attributed an improvement in the drug-related crime rate of a community in the state of Kentucky to prayer.

Austin told councillors that they could come up with a specific list of items they would want to address and then the group could pray for those.

Mayor Bruce Lantz asked if the services would be nondenominational and Austin said the sessions could be interdenominational or nondenominational.

Council passed a motion to approve the prayer services, in principle, but that an internal email would first be sent out to city staff and council members to find out if anyone would be interested.

A member of the local media questioned the separation of religion and government if council chose to hold the prayer sessions at city hall.

Councillor Trevor Bolin said council had only chosen to look into the idea and to find out if it is practical to have the nondenominational services held at city hall.

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