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Chatsworth : Pastor to Attend School Prayer Hearing

July 15, 1995|JOHN DART

The Rev. Jeff Utter, a United Church of Christ pastor in Chatsworth, will represent the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council on Monday at a congressional subcommittee hearing in Palms on school prayer.

The House Judiciary Committee's Constitutional Subcommittee has been holding hearings around the country on a proposed Religious Equality Amendment.

Utter is a vice president of the Chatsworth-based interfaith organization, whose board of directors adopted a statement in May to "strongly oppose any attempt to alter the Constitution or otherwise provide for officially sanctioned prayer in our public schools."

The statement added: "We urge teachers and students to take advantage of the already existing freedom to pray alone or with groups of like-minded peers on school campuses when schedules permit."

The 300-word statement was signed by 32 Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Unitarian clergy and 43 lay men and women.

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