Obama Faith Council: Final Report and Recommendations

In February 2009, President Obama appointed 25 prominent religious and community leaders to spend one year advising him on policy issues including global and domestic poverty, climate change, the promotion of responsible fatherhood, and interfaith cooperation. The panel also studied partnerships between the government and faith-based social service organizations. On March 9, the advisory council presented its final report, including more than 60 policy recommendations, to the president and senior administration officials. Watch several council members discuss their work, including Melissa Rogers, Wake Forest University Divinity School; Jim Wallis, Sojourners; Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Peg Chemberlin, National Council of Churches; and Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core.

  • James

    So the U.S. now has it’s own Sanhedrin? The other one wasn’t very smart either.

  • Amil

    That’s mean, James. As a Muslim, I’m glad to see people of all faiths coming together to fight poverty, and other issues. Too often, people like to focus on the differences and fight amongts each other, rather than come together to do something good for society. Every religion teaches to help the poor, be honest, be kind to your neighbor, etc. Why is it bad that different faiths are coming together to do something about it?

  • Wayne Warner

    Good question Amil; I agree. Yet, I wonder at your comment because it appears to me that Muslim nations govern more by decapitation than by rational and friendly discussion of differences.