While Saskatoon’s elected officials mull over the implications of civic prayer and separation of church and state, Prince Albert remains OK with prayer.
Leaving well enough alone, Mayor Greg Dionne declined saying too much about their practice of saying a prayer before city council meetings, but he did note that he’s yet to hear anyone oppose the prayer.
“What’s the harm in having it?” he asked. “It’s never been an issue.”
On top of that, Dionne notes that Prince Albert’s civic prayer is written in such a way that it’s inclusive to all religions.
Prince Albert’s city payer, which city clerk Cliff Skauge reads at the beginning of every city council meetings, is as follows:
“Oh God, let us each in our own way ask your wisdom and guidance in our deliberations, help us to incorporate into all our decisions those values which will enable us to fulfill our mission to act as responsible stewards, and to respect and value the cultural and spiritual tradition of all citizens of the city of Prince Albert. For this we pray -- amen.”