I wrote at Faith-Promoting Rumor about the announcement that Myrlie Evers-Williams will be delivering the invocation at the public swearing-in of the President on January 21.
Here is a little bit of what I said:
While the choice of Evers-Williams is historical because of who she is…it is also historical on a number of other ways.
She will be the first woman to offer a prayer at a Presidential Inauguration. This somewhat surprised me, though given the relatively recent entry of women into the clergy, maybe it should’t be so surprising.
Ever-Williams will also be the first layperson to offer a prayer at a Presidential Inauguration. This aspect of the announcement stuck out to me the most because it symbolizes a change the role of both prayer and clergy in American society.\