February 3, 2009
Diverse Group Tapped for Faith-Based Office Council
The Obama administration will announce a diverse advisory council and details about the new White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
AP reporter Eric Gorski's source says that representation from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is also anticipated.
Here's on the list so far, according to the source:
-The Rev. Joel Hunter, an Orlando, Fla.-area evangelical megachurch pastor who was consulted by the Obama campaign and prayed privately with Obama over the phone the night he was elected.
-Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the first female bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
-The Rev. Frank Page of Taylors, S.C., the most recent past president of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
-Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Washington-based Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, a public policy arm of Judaism's liberal Reform branch.
-Judith Vredenburgh, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America.
The new office will be announced the same day Obama is expected to appear at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.