Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Obama's Faith-Based Advisers: Round Two

From Huffington-

President Obama has named top U.S. church leaders to an advisory council on faith-based programs, but the list of appointments is also drawing questions about a lack of diversity from minority faiths.

The 15 names released late Friday (Feb. 4) include top officials of prominent organizations -- from the Episcopal Church to the National Association of Evangelicals to the United Way.

The list included no prominent Muslim or Hindu leaders; the White House says the list will be expanded later with 10 additional names.

The Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Washington-based Interfaith Alliance said he was "shocked" the initial names for the panel did not include known leaders outside the Christian and Jewish faiths.


The new panel members include four denominational heads -- Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church; Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios; and the Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator of the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Churches.

Evangelical leaders include Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and Lynne Hybels, co-founder with her husband Bill of Willow Creek Community Church, a suburban Chicago megachurch.

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