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Councilwoman Laura Pastor's Statement on Formal Council Meeting Invocation Councilwoman Laura Pastor's Statement on Formal Council Meeting Invocation <div class="ExternalClassC5B28DCDA2E34B349DA3A54875FC33C5"><p>"The switch to a moment of silent prayer before city council meetings opens the door for private prayer in this public sphere without stifling anyone’s voice.<br><br><font face="Times New Roman"> </font>In a moment of silent prayer and reflection, people of any faith or no faith can choose how to participate. And in that space and time, there is a unity of all of us. <br><br>This change is good for inclusiveness, good for the protection of individual freedoms, and good for maintaining the separation of Church and State."</p><font face="Times New Roman"></font></div>2/4/2016 12:00:00 AMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405