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August 16, 2008

Joel Hunter and Cameron Strang to pray at Democratic National Convention

Jim Wallis will moderate the faith caucus.

Relevant Magazine founder and CEO Cameron Strang and Florida mega-church pastor Joel Hunter will pray at the Democratic National Convention later this month, according to a DNC press release.

Strang will give the benediction on Monday, August 25 and Hunter will give the benediction on Thursday, August 28. Sojourners head Jim Wallis will moderate the faith caucus on "Common Ground on Common Good" and "Faith in 2009: How an Obama Administration will Engage People of Faith" on Tuesday, August 26.

David Gushee, professor of Christian ethics at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, will be a panelist on the caucus on "Moral Values Issues Abroad" on Thursday, August 28. The full list of religious speakers is below.

Evening invocations and benedictions

Monday, August 25
Invocation: Polly Baca, Catholic, Greeley, CO
Benediction: Cameron Strang, Evangelical, Orlando, FL
Tuesday, August 26
Invocation: Dr. Cynthia Hale, Disciples of Christ, Decatur, GA
Benediction: Revs. Jin Ho Kang and Young Sook Kang, Methodist, Aurora, CO
Wednesday, August 27
Invocation: Archbishop Demetrios, Greek Orthodox, New York, NY
Benediction: Sr. Catherine Pinkerton, Catholic, Cleveland, OH
Thursday, August 28
Invocation: Rabbi David Saperstein, Union for Reform Judaism, Washington, DC
Benediction: Pastor Joel Hunter, Evangelical, Northland, FL

Faith caucus meetings

Tuesday, August 26
Common Ground on Common Good
Moderator: Rev. Jim Wallis
Panelists: Dr. Douglas W. Kmiec, Rabbi Jack Moline, Rev. Jennifer Kottler, Bishop Wilfredo DeJesus, Rev. John Hunter

Faith in 2009: How an Obama Administration will Engage People of Faith
Moderator: Rev. Jim Wallis
Panelists: Rabbi David Saperstein, professor John Dilulio, Rev. Otis Moss, Jr.

Thursday, August 28

Moral Values Issues Abroad
Moderator: Joshua Dubois, Obama campaign’s director of religious affairs
Panelists: Dr. Preeta Bansal, Dr. David Gushee, Sr. Simone Campbell, Dr. Claude d’Estree

Getting Out the Faith Vote
Moderator: Joshua Dubois, Obama campaign’s director of religious affairs
Panelists: Rev. Romal Tune, Mark Linton, Rev. C Welton Gaddy, Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Rabbi Steve Gutow

This is cross-posted from CT's liveblog.

Comments

Wallis complains incessantly about the Religious Right, but he is
committing the same error in the other direction, that of believing
that political activity can bring about the Kingdom of God. He
seems utterly oblivious to how the Democratic Party is using him.
Well did the communists speak of such folks as "useful idiots."

If you check Cameron's facebook page, you'll see that he has decided to decline the invitation.