Minister chosen for inaugural prayer service
WASHINGTON – The Rev. Sharon Watkins, pastor of a Protestant denomination with about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada, will deliver the sermon at the National Prayer Service that caps the inauguration activities of Barack Obama.
In a statement from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Watkins called her selection an honor. “I hope that my message will call us to believe in something bigger than ourselves and remind us to reach out to all of our neighbors to build communities of possibility,” she said.
Watkins is the president and general minister of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, the first woman to hold that job.
The church says its work is “influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.”
[as long as it is some belief in a single imaginary friend]
The National Prayer Service will include prayers, readings and hymns delivered by religious leaders of a variety of faiths.
The Disciples of Christ’s mission statement is quite evangelical:
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.”
While politicians, as all American citizens, have the right to worship an imaginary sky boss if they so choose, this just brings to light how much religion has played a part in our government from the very beginning and gives ammo to the Religious Right that this country is a Xian nation. Every U.S president has professed to be some sort of god believer, even though some of the early presidents’ who were Deist’s give clues in their private journals and letters that they may have been closet atheists/agnostics.
It’s very difficult to keep government and religion separate when even our leaders are so deluded. While liberal Christians have always supported the separation of church and state, it appears that modern liberals are sliding over to the side of the religious conservatives as far as being open about their faith and sharing it openly with all the people of the nation, even from the Oval Office itself when presidents tell their imaginary friend to bless us.