The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


High court running with Texas football prayer

Beverly Collinsworth, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, Texas, came to this small, quiet, conservative community less than two years ago after graduating from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Now Collinsworth finds herself and the congregation in the national focus of a school prayer case that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this month. Two Santa Fe families — one Roman Catholic and one Mormon — sued the school district for allowing students to lead pregame prayers over the public address system. They cited violation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state because the prayers create "a pervasive religious atmosphere."

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