February 5, 2011
Presiding bishop to join Obama administration as advisory council member
By ENS staff
[Episcopal News Service] President Barack Obama announced Feb. 4 that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori would be joining his administration as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service to the larger community in this way," Jefferts Schori said, according to a press release from the Episcopal Church's Office of Public Affairs. "The ability to build partnerships between civic and religious bodies can only expand our capacity to heal a broken world."
The council "brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to make recommendations to the government on how to improve partnerships," a White House press
release noted, adding that the president will announce additional members at a later date. Each council serves a one-year term.
[Delighted to note that the new council also includes MCC's Reverend Nancy Wilson. Brava!]