Wilmington City Council debuts new prayer by Pagan artist

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Wilmington City Council will start its meetings with a new prayer written by a Pagan artist.

The News Journal reports (http://delonline.us/2lKM3ph ) the change debuted this week comes after lengthy debate and public input on the issue.

For decades, the council used a Christian prayer. The group voted to replace that prayer with silent reflection in early January but after a public backlash, drafted legislation to bring a prayer back.

Online Chat: Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS, on March 28.

Council President Hanifa Shabazz says Abby Willowroot’s prayer will be used for at least the next four years.

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Councilwoman Michelle Harlee, a pastor, says the prayer is inclusive and not geared toward any particular religion.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com