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Civic Prayer

  Washougal Invocation  

2014 Supreme Court Ruling

In Greece v. Galloway, it is now clear that having an invocation at public meetings is legally permissible.  In writing the Opinion of the Court, Justice Kennedy stated:

Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government to alter or define and that willing participation in civic affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgment of their belief in a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other beliefs. The prayer in this case has a permissible ceremonial purpose. It is not an unconstitutional establishment of religion.


The town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment by opening its meetings with prayer that comports with our tradition and does not coerce participation by non adherents.


PDF of Decision


Clark County Commissioners

An invocation was established in 2013.

County information page on invocations

County videos of meetings

City of Washougal

In Sept of 2014, the Washougal City Councilors passed a resolution establishing invocations.  Votes were as follows: 

Brent Boger: No
Connie Jo Freeman: Yes
Paul Greenlee: No
Joyce Lindsay: No
Jennifer McDaniel: Yes
Dave Shoemaker: Yes
Michelle Wagner: Yes

City information page on invocations
Post Record article, 9/23/14
Post Record article, 4/2/13