ELKINS, W.Va. -- The Randolph County Commission is replacing a moment of silent meditation at the opening of its meetings with a nonsectarian prayer.
The Inter-Mountain reports that the decision is in response to requests from several residents to open the commission's meeting with a prayer.
Commission President Chris See said the prayer will be read by a commissioner at the beginning of each meeting.
The Rev. Stephen Pyle asked the commission at its meeting last week why Jesus Christ's name was omitted from the prayer.
Commissioner Mike Taylor said the commission wanted to keep the prayer generic and to not offend members of other religions.