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President Obama Appoints Bishop Blake
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 9, 2009

Bishop Charles E. Blake

President Obama Appoints Bishop Blake As Member of Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
On Monday, April 6 President Barack Obama announced the appointment of the Bishop Blake, among nine new members of a 25-person White House Advisory Council which is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
President Barack Obama announced additional members of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Advisory Council is part of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is composed of religious and secular leaders and scholars from different backgrounds.

Each member of the Council is appointed to a one-year term. The members of the Council are:
Diane Baillargeon, President & CEO, Seedco-New York, NY

*Anju Bhargava, Founder, Asian Indian Women of America-New Jersey

*Bishop Charles Blake, Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ-Los Angeles, CA
Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association-Chicago, IL

*The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President-Elect, National Council of Churches USA-Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Arturo Chavez, President & CEO, Mexican American Catholic College-San Antonio , TX
Fred Davie, Senior Adviser, Public/Private Ventures -New York, NY

*Nathan Diament, Director of Public Policy, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America-Washington, DC
Pastor Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, a Church Distributed-Longwood, FL

*Harry Knox, Director, Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign-Washington, DC
Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, Presiding Bishop, 13th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church-Knoxville, TN

*Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies-Washington, DC
Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church-Cleveland, OH
Dr. Frank S. Page, President emeritus, Southern Baptist Convention-Taylors, SC
Eboo S. Patel, Founder & Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core-Chicago, IL

*Anthony Picarello, General Counsel, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-Washington, DC

*Nancy Ratzan, National President, National Council of Jewish Women-Miami, FL
Melissa Rogers, Director, Wake Forest School of Divinity Center for Religion and Public Affairs-Winston-Salem, NC
Rabbi David N. Saperstein, Director & Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism-Washington, DC
Dr. William J. Shaw, President, National Baptist Convention, USA-Philadelphia, PA
Father Larry J. Snyder, President, Catholic Charities USA-Alexandria, VA
Richard Stearns, President, World Vision-Bellevue, WA
Judith N. Vredenburgh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of America-Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Jim Wallis, President & Executive Director, Sojourners-Washington, DC

*Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)-Indianapolis, IN

NOTE: Members marked with an asterisk were announced today. The White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will be a resource for nonprofits and community organizations, both secular and faith based, looking for ways to make a bigger impact in their communities, learn their obligations under the law, cut through red tape, and make the most of what the federal government has to offer. Other members of the Advisory Council were announced earlier this year.

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