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Mayor asks councilor to stop giving invocations

Published 11/05/2009, The Daily Republic

When local pastors fail to show up for the invocation at Mitchell City Council meetings, everyone turns to Geri Beck. Ever since saying “I’ll do it” when no pastor stepped forward for the invocation at a council meeting last year, Beck has delivered several impromptu prayers. But this past Monday, when no pastor stepped to the podium and all eyes shifted to Beck, she turned out her palms in a defensive gesture. “I’ve been advised not to do that,” she said. Afterward, she told The Daily Republic that Mayor Lou Sebert had asked her to stop delivering invocations.

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