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Sojourners President Jim Wallis, former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page, and World Vision President Richard Stearns are already members of Obama’s Advisory Council and support religion-based hiring. They form part of a 15-person group that will eventually number 25.
A small, Las-Vegas-chapel-size room at the National Press Club. Witnesses: A dozen reporters and a bank of cameras. Date: Feb. 17. Occasion: An unlikely and awkward wedding between left and right activists and analysts such as Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and adviser to President George W. Bush, and Sojourners president Jim Wallis, loud critic of Bush and his faith-based initiatives.
The newly created 25-member council is supposed to advise Obama's White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a continuation of the office George W. Bush created. The council unsurprisingly tilts left-center, with prominent members such as David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Sojourners head Jim Wallis. It will formally meet four times a year and have regular conference calls.