White House releases final faith-based panel names

A diverse council
President Obama has named nine new advisers to the White House office for religious and community groups, adding a gay rights leader, an Orthodox Jew, a black Pentecostal bishop and others to an eclectic 25-member council.

The bulk of the council, which will advise Obama on certain domestic and foreign policy issues, was appointed in March when the president unveiled his revamped White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The following people were added April 6 to the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships:

• Anju Bhargava, founder of the Asian Indian Women of America

• Charles Blake, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ

• Peg Chemberlin, president-elect of the National Council of Churches

• Nathan Diament, public policy director of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Con gregations of America


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