Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Councillors Debate Future of Christian Prayer

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Councillors Debate Future of Christian Prayer

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THE Christian prayer at the Fraser Coast Regional Council's meetings could be expanded to include all religions, Councillor Rolf Light has declared.

Every third Wednesday at the council's meetings, a different church leader from the region leads the Coast's councillors in a Christian prayer.

Designed to guide the councillors in their decision making, the tradition has been upheld in the Fraser Coast since Maryborough and Hervey Bay was amalgamated in 2008.

Before each meeting the Bundaberg Regional Council says a prayer and on each sitting day of the Queensland Parliament a prayer is read out by the Speaker.

Councillor Rolf Light said the Christian prayer could be expanded to include other religions.

"I'd like to talk about it at the next meeting," he said.

"I think it should be opened up to all, why should it only be Christian (prayer)?"

Cr Light's colleague James Hansen said the said the frequency of holding prayers should be discussed. …

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