Historic inaugural events feature religious mixture

An ecumenical tone
The inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States was solemnized over four days in January in Washington with prayers by a diverse group of clergy and admonitions from the new White House resident. The mixture of clergy reflected Obama’s intention to cross religious lines.

Early in his January 20 inaugural address, Obama alluded to the apostle Paul’s words to the church at Corinth in a call to more civil discourse and more prudent decision making.

“On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises—the recriminations and worn-out dogmas—that for far too long have strangled our politics,” he said. “We remain a young nation, but—in the words of scripture—the time has come to ‘set aside childish things,’” Obama said, quoting 1 Corinthians 13:11.


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