I have felt profoundly uncomfortable during times of public prayer – even at events where I supported the cause. The discomfort stems from someone at the microphone “speaking over me,” or perhaps even “speaking for me,” or “speaking on my behalf.” Perhaps I have basic trust issues, but I want to either freely agree with what is said, or offer a differing viewpoint of my own.
I think prayer can have a public life, in spiritual and religious groups, at community memorial services and the like. I think people who are charged with praying in public need to be ever-more-inclusive, and work to make people feel that they are in a safe environment.
Anna Marie Martin has been a Spokanite since December 2006, when she moved here just in time to experience some of the worst snowstorms in recent history. She dislikes snow (hate is a really strong word). She grew up in Nebraska, and therefore has no need to be exposed to neither more snow nor more football. Yet, each of these happen every fall and winter, she says.