Flint City Council considers adding prayer at meeting

Associated Press

Flint — Flint City Council is considering whether to start its meetings with a prayer.

The Flint Journal reports City Council President Josh Freeman asked the city attorney for guidance on prayer at the meetings, which is supported by several council members.

Councilwoman Jackie Poplar says she says a silent prayer every time she sets foot in council chambers. She says a prayer “would be calming for everyone.”

City Council is dealing with deep financial and other problems facing the city, as well as the task of getting along. Less than a year ago, former emergency manager Darnell Earley said some council members were “egregious, unfair and obnoxious” in their dealings with others.

Flint resident Tru Saunders suggested adding a prayer. She was inspired by another community’s use of prayer.