Obama appoints “faith-based” advisory council

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LTRP Note: Frank S. Page, President emeritus, Southern Baptist Convention, emergent leader Jim Wallis (Sojourners), and Richard Stearns, President, World Vision are included in President’s list for “faith-based” council. Both World Vision and Jim Wallis are supporters of Brian McLaren, one of the main teachers in the emerging church movement and also an advisor to President Obama.

Dallas Morning News

In conjunction with his renewal of the White House faith-based initiative, President Barack Obama yesterday appointed an interfaith group of clergy members, religion scholars, leaders of service organizations and others to a new President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The purpose of the advisory council, according to the executive order establishing it, is to:

bring together leaders and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to: identify best practices and successful modes of delivering social services; evaluate the need for improvements in the implementation and coordination of public policies relating to faith-based and other neighborhood organizations; and make recommendations to the President, through the Executive Director, for changes in policies, programs, and practices that affect the delivery of services by such organizations and the needs of low-income and other underserved persons in communities at home and around the world.

The White House says the council will consist of 25 members, but as of yesterday, only 15 appointees were identified. Click here to read more.

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