The opening prayer will be delivered by an atheist at Thursday night’s Tulsa City Council meeting. Dan Nerren, a founder of the Humanist Association of Tulsa, says it’s a ‘first’ as far as he knows. He says he will not be praying to a deity, but instead will address the invocation to the councilors themselves.
He says several groups for years have attempted to get the council to halt sectarian prayers. Failing that, Nerren says councilors have agreed to allow an invocation from his non-theist group.
In the midst of this drought, a flood control project is dedicated in memory of a former Tulsa City Councilor. Today, the mayor and other city officials honored the late Dennis Troyer at a large stormwater detention facility in the 6th District. His widow, Nancy, was on hand for the ceremony. She says he would be very proud of this gesture from the city he loved.