Friday, February 03, 2023

National Prayer Breakfast Held Yesterday

As reported by AP, the National Prayer Breakfast, attended by 450 invitees, was held yesterday in the Capitol's Visitor Center. As reported in an earlier AP article:

The National Prayer Breakfast, one of the most visible and long-standing events that brings religion and politics together in Washington, is splitting from the private religious group that had overseen it for decades, due to concerns the gathering had become too divisive.

The organizer and host for this year’s breakfast ... [was] the National Prayer Breakfast Foundation, headed by former Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

Sen. Chris Coons, a regular participant and chairman of the Senate ethics committee, said the move was prompted in part by concerns in recent years that members of Congress did not know important details about the larger multiday gathering.

President Biden spoke at this year's Breakfast. (Full text of remarks.) The prior sponsor of Prayer Breakfasts, the International Foundation, held its own gathering at the nearby Washington Hilton hotel at which attendees watched the President's remarks.  Some 1300 people attended that event.