Kirksville City Council Making Change in Meeting Structure

The Kirksville City Council is making a change to its meeting structure. A citizen sent an email stating that the majority of invocations delivered at the beginning of council meetings for several years, have been prayers. The citizen went on to say that it appears the Kirksville City Council endorses Christianity above all other religions and is actively ignoring the Constitutional separation of church and state. As a result, meetings starting next week will start with a reading of the city’s mission and vision statements and then a moment of silence for the council and the reflect on that. The city’s mission statement is, “Through excellence in service, the City of Kirksville will provide ethical and responsible local government.” And the vision statement is, “Our vision is to be the best city to the citizens we serve, meeting their needs and expectations both today and tomorrow.”