Does prayer work? And how? Local prayer leaders and pastors who spoke with Xpress are in general agreement that the answer is “yes” — but it often depends on your definition of a successful outcome. “I believe God still performs miracles, [but] he’s not a vending machine,” says Michael Lombardo, who serves as director of pastoral […]
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners kept its Feb. 2 meeting short, authorizing tax collections, passing grants and, in closed session, discussing the contentious issue of its meeting prayer (though they took no action on that item).
In a case that could have implications for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners invocation, a federal judge found Thursday that the use of a sectarian prayer to open a public meeting violates the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution.
Council looks at restructuring the Housing Trust Fund, URTV and its own invocations.
The agenda itself was light, but public comment took up over half the Jan. 5 meeting, as the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners got an earful on its pre-meeting prayer.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will continue to hold a pre-meeting prayer, as the board has decided, after consulting via phone, to wait on a federal court case to play out before deciding if the prayer will be replaced with a moment of silence.
On Jan. 5, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners may replace an official prayer before its meetings with a moment of silence, according to County Attorney Michael Frue. Contrary to Frue’s original announcement, the commissioners have not yet made a decision.