If you come to All Saints this Sunday, you’ll notice that we have removed the proper names from our prayers for those in authority. Whereas before we prayed for “Barack, our president,” we are now praying for “our president, our president-elect, and all others in authority.” This practice will continue for at least the near future.
From California, there is news that one church will refuse to pray for the President (elect) by name. Yes, you read that correctly: the church is protecting its congregation because the mere mention of the President-elect’s name is a “trauma trigger”.
California’s All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena will still pray for Trump but won’t mention him by name, because “prayer should never be a trauma-causing act.”
Rector Mike Kinman explained in a blog post:
We are in a unique situation in my lifetime where we have a president elect whose name is literally a trauma trigger to some people – particularly women and people who, because of his words and actions, he represents an active danger to health and safety.
No word on whether the church will begin praying for people who are traumatized by a five-letter word.