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.

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