A Massachusetts city council seems ready to discontinue its practice of opening meetings with the Lord's prayer.
After receiving complaints from a local interfaith group and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Lowell City Council is moving toward a policy allowing for only nonsectarian prayer.
City Solicitor Christine O'Connor also presented the council members with a legal memo on the subject. At an early March meeting, O'Connor said the council could stop praying before meetings, open the meetings with a moment of silence or use a nonsectarian prayer, reported the Lowell Sun.
A subcommittee of the council later decided to recommend nonsectarian invocations, and the full council unanimously accepted the report. Formal adoption of the new policy is expected in 60 days.
In a March 5 letter, Americans United argued that allowing for any...