News release

Moment of Silence Replaces the Lord’s Prayer During Council Meetings

Local government | May 14, 2015

A moment of silent reflection will now be included as part of all City of Mississauga Council meetings moving forward. Yesterday, Council was asked to move a motion to incorporate a moment of silence to start off each meeting.

“I brought the motion forward for consideration because it is an appropriate measure to take.  It’s a thoughtful way to give everyone a minute to reflect on things that are important,” said Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras. “Beginning our meetings with a moment of silence provides an opportunity for self-reflection, a time of remembrance, observance of an emergency or paying respect towards a tragic event.”

Council unanimously passed the motion, after recently deciding to discontinue the Lord’s Prayer before meetings on April 29. The motion also included that Council would also use that time to acknowledge world tragedies or disasters.

“A silent reflection is something that is inclusive for everyone,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Members of Council and those attending the meeting can use the time to reflect on whatever is important to them or say a silent prayer. It also gives us the ability to acknowledge and recognize issues that are happening around the world.”

Members of Council and the public will remain seated during the 30-second reflection set to begin on May 20.

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