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Rev. Jessica Petersen-Orwenyo delivers opening prayer in Iowa House, Senate

Sen. Dennis Black and Rep. Dan Kelley greet the Rev. Jessica Petersen-Orwenyo of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Newton after she delivered the opening prayer in the Iowa House and Senate on Tuesday.
Sen. Dennis Black and Rep. Dan Kelley greet the Rev. Jessica Petersen-Orwenyo of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Newton after she delivered the opening prayer in the Iowa House and Senate on Tuesday.

DES MOINES — The Rev. Jessica Petersen-Orwenyo of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Newton delivered the opening prayer Tuesday morning in the Iowa House and Senate as a guest of Rep. Dan Kelley and Sen. Dennis Black.  

An opening prayer is offered daily in each chamber of the legislature by clergy invited by legislators. The Rev. Petersen-Orwenyo’s prayer corresponds with the national “Call to Prayer Day,” which was marked at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday by state and religious leaders. 

Rev. Petersen-Orwenyo led a moment of silence for those affected by the tragedy in Boston and called on legislators to be free from fear when doing the work of the state.

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