Councilwoman Laura Pastor’s Statement on Passage of Invocation OrdinanceCouncilwoman Laura Pastor’s Statement on Passage of Invocation Ordinance<div class="ExternalClassDED7C754A2F94382BC5E5B40FD975F42"><div>“Prayer is important, whether in silence or said aloud. The inclusion of prayer in public meetings is a time-honored tradition that has stood the constitutional test, though it has taken different forms.</div><div><br></div><div>Today’s vote begins a new policy of tapping our police and fire chaplains to deliver the invocation before formal council meetings.</div><div><br></div><div>Our police chaplains are committed volunteers with the city; through their service to our officers and residents, they understand the diversity of our community. As with the appointed fire chaplain, all are held to high standards of training, professionalism and service. With the guidelines they will be provided by the City Clerk, I trust that the invocations they deliver will strive to be inclusive and respectful of a broad spectrum of beliefs.”</div></div>3/23/2016 11:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405