President Biden re-establishes White House faith office

The White House announced on Feb 14: “President Biden is signing an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, which will promote partnerships with religious and secular organisations to better serve people in need.

Feb 20, 2021

WASHINGTON: The White House announced on Feb 14: “President Biden is signing an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, which will promote partnerships with religious and secular organisations to better serve people in need. As our country grapples with a global pandemic, a severe economic downturn, the scourge of systemic racism, an escalating climate crisis and profound polarization, President Biden knows that civil society partnerships are essential to meeting such challenges.”

Twenty years ago, President George W Bush established the first White House Office of FaithBased and Community Initiatives. As President Bush said, government cannot be replaced by the efforts of religious and other community organisations, but government “can and should welcome them as partners.”

In 2009, the Obama-Biden administration continued this initiative, while also putting its own stamp on its name, practices, and policies. ––ICN

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