© Frederick Deligne, Nice-Matin, France

Century Marks

First parishioner: Aides and friends of President Obama have been quietly visiting churches in Washington, D.C., to help the first family find a spiritual home. Some congregations in D.C. have actively courted the Obamas. Joshua DuBois, who directs the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said that the Obamas are looking for a church whose beliefs match theirs and one that has a youth ministry suitable for their daughters and is active in helping the needy. Security logistics are also a factor. When word leaked out that the first family was visiting the 19th Street Baptist Church on inaugural weekend, so many strangers showed up that longtime members were turned away (Boston Globe, March 22).

 

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