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Exclusive: Preview of White House Faith Council Meeting


The Brody File has a sneak peak of tomorrow's final White House Faith Council meeting where the members will be presenting their report and recommendations to senior administration officials.  They will also have a private greeting with President Obama.

One meeting attendee tells The Brody File that the group is going to be meeting with "a heavy-hitter lineup. We're meeting with Secretary Sebelius, USAID Administrator Shah, the chief of staff to the National Security Council, and the head of the Domestic Policy Council, among others.  We also have a private greeting with the President in the afternoon."

As for the Council's recommendations,as laid out by the Faith Council you can expect to see the following issues addressed: Reform of the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office, Economic Recovery and Domestic Poverty, Fatherhood and Healthy Families, Interreligious Cooperation, Environment and Climate Change and Global Poverty and Development This meeting attendee tells me, "I think it'll be a time to present the substance of recommendations to key decision makers in government. I'm especially excited that we're talking directly to the folks who are related to this work."

Some of you may be wondering about recommendations on abortion reduction but this meeting attendee tells The Brody File, "That was never a part of the Council's mandate; it's always been clear that that work is led by the Domestic Policy Council.  Council members have participated in the DPC's discussions on abortion though.  I know that that work is continuing."

Read more about The White House's Faith Council below:

The President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together leaders and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to:

•Identify best practices and successful modes of delivering social services;

•Evaluate the need for improvements in the implementation and coordination of public policies relating to faith-based and neighborhood organizations; and

•Make recommendations for changes in policies, programs, and practices.

The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will advise the Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Council, after conducting its research, reviews, and deliberation, will submit a written description of its recommendations.

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