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Mayor to speak at prayer breakfast

Posted: May 4, 2009 9:35 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2009 10:00 a.m.
 

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and local residents are marking the day by holding the fifth annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast at the Hyatt Valencia.

Hosted by the Dunamis Group - a Christian businessmen's group - the breakfast will feature prayers led by local ministers and comments by Mayor Frank Ferry and radio talk show host Frank Pastore.

An Iraq War veteran will also talk about how his faith sustained him after he was injured, Dunamis Group member Joe Messina said.

Messina said he expects a full house. So far, he said Friday, about 300 tickets have been sold, and about 75 are left.

The event drew about 160 people its first year.

Members of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council and others have criticized the group in the past for the event's exclusive nature. Some say using the word "mayor" in the event name blurs the separation of church and state.

Mayoral prayer breakfasts have been regularly held around the country since the mid-20th century.

The Dunamis Group responded to the criticism in 2007 by eliminating the apostrophe from what used to be the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to expand the definition of mayor to include other local leaders.

Last year, the Interfaith Council held an alternate prayer service outside City Hall, on the morning of the Dunamis Group's breakfast.

For more information on the Mayors Prayer Breakfast visit www.scvmpb.com or call (661) 257-9250.

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