The annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast set for May 3 and will focus on a theme of unity

The 14th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 a.m. at Cutsforth's Old Town Hall in Canby and should offer a bit of a different feel this year.

This year's theme is "Unity," and will be the subject of talks from Mayor Brian Hodson and Police Chief Bret Smith.

Ray Keen, executive director at The Canby Center, has taken on a leadership role with this year's breakfast and is excited to take it in a little different direction.

"In the past, the prayer breakfast has been a little more political," he said. "I desire to see it more unifying and less political. So, we'll be focusing on messages that unify us.

Canby's annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be Thursday, May 3.

"What I'm looking for is a time to gather people together to build some unity and have a time to pray for our local, national and even global leadership," he added.

The event will feature a full breakfast and also a time when attendees break into table groups to pray for those in leadership positions.

"I think we're just all aware that there are some major tensions in the world and in our country," said Keen. "We hold different opinions, but we can come together in prayer."

Keen noted that two new pastors in town, Jeff Jennings of Bethany Church and Arron Adame at Canby Christian, have joined the leadership team and have contributed to facilitating this year's prayer breakfast.

"Everyone is welcome," said Keen. "It's early, but everyone will be fed. It should be a great time."

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