Friday, 27 July 2012

mormon on faith-based council

i'm really happy that today the white house announced the first mormon had been appointed to the president's council for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships.   i'm also happy that is is steve snow.  a man who is dedicated to truth, history, and humility.

it should be noted that there are more mormons than jews in america today.

raam canaan shared at a recent pew forum:
To conclude, we found a group of people that are most generous in our society. Through their theology of obedience and sacrifice and strong commitment to tithing and service, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints are the most pro-social members in American society. We couldn’t believe the findings. But that’s what we have. Thank you.
it is long over-due that mormons let go of their low self-esteem and stand up for what we believe and that the american people realize that mormons have been some of their best neighbors.

i wonder if this is the first step in helping the faith move away from trying to hide behind the christian right and take its place as a voice of the voiceless and a peculiar people:  i sure hope so ...

Obama names first Mormon to faith-based council
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Washington • President Barack Obama has appointed the first Mormon official to serve on a White House advisory council that seeks to improve partnerships between religious groups and the federal government to help deliver social services to the needy.
Obama this week named Steven E. Snow, a member of the LDS Church First Quorum of the Seventy, as a member of the president’s advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Snow will join leaders of various religions and religious groups.
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"I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles," Obama said in announcing the appointment of Snow and other officials to White House boards. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."
Snow would be the first Mormon to serve on the council.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, praised the president for the nomination of Snow.
"Elder Snow has provided dedicated service to the Church and I know he will serve as a valuable member of the President’s advisory council," Hatch, a Mormon, said. "The faith-based office is made up of leaders of religions from across our great country, and Elder Snow’s appointment ensures that the LDS faith will have a seat at the table."
Snow is the executive director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ history department and has been a member of the church’s Quorum of the Seventy since 2001.

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