Tuesday, June 9, 2015

US House Chaplain has only used the word "Jesus" one time out of 44 Prayers.

 From Roll Call

  • The House chaplain has not made one reference to Jesus in the 44 prayers he has given in the 114th Congress. Patrick Conroy, who became the chaplain in 2011, consistently begins his prayers by referencing “eternal God” or “gracious God” and usually concludes them by saying, “May all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory.” “I understand my responsibility is to offer prayers that all the members of the House can say ‘Amen’ to,” Conroy said, “which is the difference in my mind between a chaplain and a pastor. 
  •  A pastor is responsible for his or her denomination and nurturing their shared faith. So if that’s Christian, you do pray in the name of Jesus. But if your congregation, so to speak, is inter-religious, I try to word it in such a way that everybody present can say, ‘Amen.’”