Prayer reintroduced at Baw Baw Shire Council meetings
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 16:44, Thursday 15 November 2012
The Church of Baw Baw: The opening prayer has been reintroduced at Baw Baw Shire Council meetings. Image: William Kulich.
BAW Baw Shire’s new councillors have chosen to reintroduce the opening prayer at council meetings.
The prayer, read last night at the 2012 Council’s first meeting, follows the Recognition of Traditional Custodians and the reading of the Affirmation.
Mayor Murray Cook told The Warragul Citizen the decision to reintroduce the prayer was unanimous among councillors and was to accommodate the area’s Christian majority.
“The main reason why was that all of a sudden… the Lord’s prayer disappeared and an affirmation came on board and we really didn’t know what was behind that,” Cr Cook said.
“We know that over 62 per cent of the population at the last Census put themselves as being Christian so we thought only fair to represent everyone [and] reintroduce a prayer, but at the same time allow for those who wanted the affirmation.
“Basically it’s 50 cents each way so that all bases are covered.”
Cr Cook said all councillors were “extremely happy” with the change and explained the prayer is not the Lord’s Prayer.
“It’s a prayer, a more contemporary prayer, that I think has been run past some religious people, ministers or whatever, and it seemed to be appropriate.”
Only one 2012 councillor chose to take the Affirmation of Office at last month’s swearing in, with eight choosing to take the Oath of Office.
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