Eye on the world: The power of prayer

In “Prayer and politics in CongressThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “in a world where religion can divide people and nations, faith is helping to bridge the political chasm in Congress.” The Senate and the House each hold a weekly nondenominational prayer breakfast for their members. This bipartisan event, where politics, staff, and the press are left outside the doors, “is one of the few venues on the Hill where members of both parties mix socially.” As the lawmakers break bread together, this inspirational time together “builds trust and friendship,” and “can even lead to bipartisan legislation.”  The Monitor writes, “While no one thinks the breakfasts will fundamentally change the tenor of one of the most divisive periods in Washington history, they are acting as a moderating influence—and helping to promote a sense of civility and understanding on the Hill.” The prayer breakfasts, and other faith-based gatherings on Capitol Hill, are bridging the divide in Congress and the American public.

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