In the 24 years of La Crosse’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, the event had never been held exclusively on the internet until Thursday.
Because of COVID-19, the usual ballroom setting was replaced with pre-recorded messages on Facebook.
Pastor Taylor Haley of La Crosse’s First Presbyterian Church was the lead-off speaker, opening his remarks by wearing a face mask, and urging people not to demonstrate against the government or “storm the palace” during the pandemic.
‘Thank God for technology’ is what Dr. Marc Barclay, a Michigan clergyman, told the on-line audience.
Barclay was the event’s keynote speaker, and he praised essential workers, including police, calling it
The 35-minute video program included short statements from Mayor Tim Kabat, and from Catholic and Protestant clergy members from the La Crosse area.