Jehovah`s Witness/Prayer

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Brenda,

I'm aware that Jehovah's Witnesses will not say 'The Pledge of Allegiance" at a public events.

I have two questions:  Would a Jehovah's Witness lead a prayer at a public event?  Do JW's pray at their own talks or meetings at Kingdom Hall?

Just wondering.

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I am not Brenda. However, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses my response to your question would be:

Would a Jehovah's Witness lead a prayer at a public event?
Ans. That would depend on the event. If the event is in conjunction with an activity or group that might be viewed as religious or nationalistic, the answer would be no due to our stand of neutrality and of not practicing interfaith in any way. However, this does not rule out all public events. Sometimes Jehovah's Witnesses are asked for instance to officiate at a funeral for a non-Witness person. This could be a public event and prayer would be part of the event and there is no reason that prayer which reflects the Biblical view that Jehovah's Witnesses have about death and the hope of resurrection could not be said at such an event being conducted by one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Do JW's pray at their own talks or meetings at Kingdom Hall?
Ans. Yes. Generally each time Jehovah's Witnesses gather together at their meetings there is an opening and closing prayer and the same is true if we get together for refreshments; someone will represent the group in prayer.
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I can answer questions about what Jehovah's Witnesses believe and why. I am not a scholar. I have no secular education beyond high school.

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I have been a baptized Witness of Jehovah since June 1961. I have never been disfellowshipped but I do have opinions of my own that I feel support what most Witnesses believe. What I am saying is that sometimes my reasons for accepting what Jehovah's Witnesses teach and believe are in addition to or are not the same as the reasons given by our organization but my beliefs are still the same. Even though I may state my personal opinions, I will however never give my own opinion without first trying to state the official position of Jehovah's Witnesses. Contrary to popular opinion, Jehovah's Witnesses are allowed to think for themselves. However, we do recognize the need for unity, for all being on the same page, and therefore I will not give any personal opinions that would result in drawing conclusions contrary to what we as an organization teach. I will always try to give a source to back up my statements.

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I have not served as an elder. Anyone asking me a question should know that. My father is an elder and my younger brother is as well. I have served in the capacity of a Ministerial Servant but currently I am not one. I also was a regular pioneer for three years after graduating from high school.

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