Obama: ‘Joshua, I want one of those.’

A vignette illustrates the close working relationship between President Obama and his 26 year-old direct of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships:

On his first day in office, Obama was ushered to a prayer service at the National Cathedral, where clergy, including Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, greeted the new President in private.

“Katharine is very formal in a good Episcopalian way,” said Wes Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America. “She has this staff, like a crosier, a big ornate thing. Obama looks at the staff, and playfully says, ‘Joshua, I want one of those.’ “

That’s from a profile of DuBois written by Sarah Pulliam of Christianity Today.

Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today’s Faith & Reason writes,

Good luck to anyone who wants to pin down his personal doctrinal views. DuBois [like his boss] hasn’t joined a DC-area church yet but attends the National Community Church which meets at local movie theaters and coffeeshops. It’s aligned with the Assemblies of God (Pentecostal) the Willow Creek Association (largely non-denominational megachurches) and the Mosaic Alliance which describes itself as network devoted to “unleashing a culture of entrepreneurship, activism, innovation, authenticity, and creativity within the local church.”

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